MOBILE, Ala. -- Turns out, Saints general manager Mickey Loomis and coach Sean Payton will have some staff work to do at the Senior Bowl after all.
Quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi has been hired to be Detroit’s offensive coordinator, the Lions confirmed via their website.
Lombardi – the 42-year-old grandson of legendary coach Vince Lombardi - joined the Saints in 2007 after a one-year stint with the Falcons. He interviewed to be the New York Jets offensive coordinator in 2013 and also was in the running for the Southern Miss head coaching position.
Ultimately, he stayed with the Saints, but Loomis knew that would only be for so long.
“Look, it’s a natural course of business when you’ve been successful with a head coach the caliber of Sean Payton,” Loomis said. “You know, obviously teams want a piece of that. So we’ve had a number of guys move on and do well. And that’s gonna continue to happen.
“And look, we’ll go out and well find real good replacements. And then we’ll lose them too.”
As the quarterbacks coach, Lombardi has worked with Drew Brees since arriving in New Orleans, helping the future Hall of Famer record four 5,000-yard seasons and a Super Bowl MVP.
While Loomis and Payton have to go on a search for a new coach, they’re flattered with the recognition as Lombardi joins Chicago offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer and Oakland head coach Dennis Allen as part of their coaching tree. There's also Curtis Johnson, now the head coach at Tulane, and Doug Marrone, who left to be the head coach at Syracuse before taking the same job at Buffalo.
“Look, it means two things – it means longevity for your program and it means that you’re hiring the right guys who have been successful,” Loomis said.