May 31, 2012; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi during organized team activities at the team

Joe Lombardi Discusses the Detroit Lions Offense

With players like Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush staying around, no one should expect huge changes to the Detroit Lions offense with a new coaching staff in town. We’re still likely to see a heavy passing attack, although the hope is the offense can perform with more consistency.

How will they do that? New offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi will look to design a system to maximize the talent.

That starts with Matthew Stafford and Lombardi has already put in the work to review Stafford’s 2013 season. It may not have been pretty down the stretch, but it sounds like Lombardi actually came away encouraged with what he saw.


And yes, he touched on Stafford’s footwork, admitting there are some throws that just shouldn’t be made.

As far as what kind of a playbook the Lions will have, Lombardi will use the New Orleans Saints playbook as a base and build from there.

That creates an interesting dynamic with the Saints appearing on the Lions’ 2014 schedule. Maybe we’ll be in for a bigger day from the defenses than might otherwise be expected.

Who will actually be calling the plays may still yet to be determined but Lombardi expects it will be him.


A “collaborative effort” sounds like a complicated and confusing way to manage a game but it may be as simple as Caldwell offering more direction/feedback than the typical non-play calling head coach because of his background.

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