Chargers have Saints assistant Joe Lombardi as top candidate for OC, report says


The Los Angeles Chargers have Saints quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi as the top candidate for their vacant offensive coordinator positions, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Lombardi, who also reportedly interviewed with the Seattle Seahawks, has served as Saints quarterbacks coach since 2016. Prior to joining the Saints, he served as the Detroit Lions offensive coordinator for two seasons.

Under Lombardi, Saints quarterback Drew Brees had some of his, statistically, most accurate seasons including completing 70.4 percent of his passes in 2018 and 74.3 percent in 2019.

Lombardi also helped Teddy Bridgewater go 5-0 as a Saints starter in relief of Brees in 2019 and Taysom Hill 3-1 this season.

Lombardi joins several Saints assistants and staff members who’ve received interest from other teams this offseason.

Defensive coordinator Dennis Allen interviewed for the Eagles head coaching position, tight ends coach Dan Campbell was introduced as the Detroit Lions next head coach this week and it’s been reported that secondary coach Aaron Glenn will be Campbell’s defensive coordinator.

Former Saints VP/director of pro scouting Terry Fontenot was named the Atlanta Falcons general manager this week and Saints defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen was a “prime candidate” to become LSU’s next defensive coordinator before opting to sign a three-year extension with New Orleans.