The process of elimination continues for the Seattle Seahawks and the search for the next offensive coordinator. We should turn this into a reality show. Make it like the football version of The Bachelor(ette) and Pete Carroll hands out his special playbook to his most appealing candidate.
Anyway, both the Los Angeles Chargers and Seattle Seahawks reportedly sought permission to interview former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator and New Orleans Saints quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi. We don’t know if the Seahawks ever got that interview because Lombardi has been hired by Brandon Staley and the Chargers.
Lombardi is actually a Seattle native who went to high school at Seattle Prep on Capitol Hill. In the NFL he served one year as a defensive assistant with the Atlanta Falcons before he was hired by the New Orleans Saints in 2007. He went from offensive assistant to quarterbacks coach before leaving in 2014 to become the Detroit Lions offensive coordinator. Things didn’t go well there so after he was fired in 2015, Payton brought him back as the QBs coach and now he’ll get a second chance to be an OC, this time with Justin Herbert as his quarterback.
I assume that if the Seahawks did interview Lombardi, this was an instantly disqualifying statement.
New #Chargers OC Joe Lombardi: "I'm a big fan of going for it on fourth down." Says data shows NFL coaches generally are not aggressive enough.— Daniel Popper (@danielrpopper) January 26, 2021
So it won’t be Anthony Lynn, Joe Lombardi, Mike Kafka, Shane Steichen, probably not Doug Pederson, hopefully not Adam Gase. Maybe it’ll be Ken Dorsey?