Lions pick Joe Lombardi as offensive coordinator
The Detroit Lions are turning to the grandson of a coaching legend to run their offense.
The club confirmed Tuesday morning that Joe Lombardi will be the offensive coordinator under new coach Jim Caldwell.
Lombardi, whose grandfather was Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi, has been with the New Orleans Saints the last seven years, including the last five as the quarterbacks coach.
His only experience as an offensive coordinator came at Mercyhurst College from 2002-05.
Lombardi, who was born nine months after his grandfather died of cancer in 1970, played tight end at Air Force from 1991-93.
The move comes seven days after Caldwell was hired. The Lions’ coach had announced last week that Teryl Austin, previously the Baltimore Ravens’ secondary coach, will be his defensive coordinator.
The Lions still have openings on the staff for three more assistants to coach the receivers, secondary and possibly the quarterbacks.
• Caldwell’s four-year deal is worth between $4 million-$5 million annually and is "incentive-laden," according to the NFL Network.