Early Friday morning, Jeff Duncan of The Athletic reported that both the Chargers and the Seahawks have requested permission to interview Saints quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi for their offensive coordinator positions.
There’s already a connection between Lombardi and Chargers head coach Brandon Staley as Lombardi was the offensive coordinator at Mercyhurst College when Staley was a quarterback there back in 2005. There’s also a bit of a Dayton connection (Staley was a QB there prior to transferring to Mercyhurst) as Lombardi’s first coaching job was as a defensive line coach for the Flyers from 1996-1998.
Lombardi was first hired by the Saints in 2007. After two years as the offensive coordinator for the Lions from 2014-2015, he rejoined the Saints in 2016 for his second stint as the team’s quarterbacks coach.
The Chargers and Seahawks have sought permission to interview Saints quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi for their vacant offensive coordinator positions, according to sources. Lombardi was new Chargers head coach Brandon Staley's OC at Mercyhurst when Staley played QB there in 2005.— Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncan_) January 22, 2021
Now for today’s links.
The Chargers want to interview Saints QB coach Joe Lombardi for offensive coordinator position (Pro Football Talk)
Five key takeaways from Brandon Staley’s introductory press conference (Chargers.com)
Tyron Johnson is primed for a breakout 2021 season (Chargers Wire)
Jets HC Robert Saleh will do his best to get his players paid (Pro Football Talk)
ESPN’s guide to this weekend’s conference championship games (ESPN)
Chris Trapasso compares top 2021 draft prospects with NFL stars still in the playoffs (CBS Sports)
The Super Bowl will host 22,000 fans (Bleacher Report)