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Detroit Lions offense to be based on New Orleans Saints' playbook

The Lions’ base offense, under new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, will look extremely similar to the New Orleans Saints playbook.

Lombardi spent the last seven seasons with the Saints — the last five as the quarterbacks coach working with Drew Brees. He will call the plays for the Lions.

“I think there will be a lot of similarities, but there’s going to be some differences,’’ Lombardi said today (Friday). “I came in and sat in on the first offensive staff meeting I was the only one who knew our terminology and the way we did things. As you start talking offense and presenting it to the staff, all of a sudden these ideas keep coming at you. There will be some adjustments.’’

He said he’s impressed with the staff.

“Curtis Modkins was the run game coordinator last year and they were doing some really creative things here I’m sure we will incorporate,’’ Lombardi said.

“Ron Prince has been a coordinator, our tight ends coach the assistant head coach, he’s a very bright coach he’s bringing in some things they did at Rutgers last year, maybe even at Virginia when he was there,’’ Lombardi said.

He’s also impressed with Jeremiah Washburn, the offensive line coach who like Modkins was a holdover from the Jim Schwartz staff.

“Some of the things they did in protection that we didn’t do in New Orleans are pretty exciting,’’ Lombardi said. “You’re going to see some differences, but the playbook that we’re starting from is the same playbook it will certainly be very similar.’’

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