A closer look at Joe Lombardi's coaching career

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

A rundown of new Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi's coaching history.

Shortly after the Detroit Lions hired Jim Caldwell as their head coach, they hired Teryl Austin as their defensive coordinator. Their offensive coordinator position took a bit longer to fill, though. It wasn't until Tuesday that the Lions hired New Orleans Saints quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi to serve as their offensive coordinator, bringing that particular search to an end with a name that came a bit out of left field.

Lombardi, who is from Seattle and played football (he was a tight end) and lacrosse at Air Force, is the grandson of Vince Lombardi. His wife, Molly, is actually from Bay City, so Lombardi already had some ties to the state of Michigan before being hired by the Lions. Now Molly is set to return to her home state with Joe and their six kids.

After graduating from Air Force in 1994, Lombardi took his first coaching job at Dayton. He was Dayton's defensive line coach from 1996-98, and he later spent a year at Virginia Military Institute and a year at Bucknell. At VMI, he coached tight ends and offensive tackles, and he was the defensive line coach and strength and conditioning coordinator at Bucknell.

Lombardi had another one-year stop in 2001 when he became an assistant for the XFL's New York/New Jersey Hitmen. He coached running backs and tight ends, but he was out of work with the XFL folding after only one season. This led to him landing at Mercyhurst, a Division II school, as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2002-05.

Lombardi made the jump to the NFL in 2006 as a defensive assistant for the Atlanta Falcons. With Falcons head coach Jim Mora being fired after the 2006 season, Lombardi was once again on the search for a new gig, and he ended up being hired by the New Orleans Saints as an offensive assistant. He spent two years in that role before being promoted to quarterbacks coach in 2009. The Saints won the Super Bowl that season by beating Caldwell's Indianapolis Colts, meaning Lombardi got a chance to hoist the trophy that was named after his grandfather.

Lombardi continued to serve as the Saints' quarterbacks coach through the 2013 season, and he was hired to be the Lions' offensive coordinator on Tuesday. It's unclear at this time if Lombardi will actually call the plays for the Lions or if that will be Caldwell's responsibility, but clearly Lombardi met Caldwell's profile of someone who will be an innovative offensive coordinator.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Pride Of Detroit

You must be a member of Pride Of Detroit to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pride Of Detroit. You should read them.

Join Pride Of Detroit

You must be a member of Pride Of Detroit to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pride Of Detroit. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker