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Lions hire Lombardi as offensive coordinator, Joe that is

Joe Lombardi, Drew Brees

New Orleans Saints quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi stands with quarterback Drew Brees (9) during training camp at their NFL football training facility in Metairie, La., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) Joe Lombardi, quarterbacks coach


There’s a perception the Lions may settled for Jim Caldwell as their head coach.

But he’s already delivered a Lombardi.

According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Caldwell has hired Saints quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi as his offensive coordinator.

He is the grandson of some guy named Vince, who used to coach back in the day.

Joe Lombardi has been with the Saints since 2007, and became quarterbacks coach in 2009. It’s an under-the-radar hire, but Caldwell wasn’t exactly a splashy hire as head coach.

Putting a guy who has worked with Sean Payton and Drew Brees on a daily basis can only help as they try to fix Matthew Stafford.