Will the Detroit Lions offense look a lot more like the New Orleans Saints offense in 2014? Partly, yes, but fans shouldn’t expect new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi to install a near carbon copy of his former employer’s playbook.
Speaking at yesterday’s town hall event for Lions season ticket holders, Lombardi indicated that the Lions offense will come together as a result of the collective experience of the offensive coaching staff, as well as keeping in place some of the things the Lions offense did under Scott Linehan. From DetroitLions.com:
“The offensive coaching staff is a pretty impressive group so you’re going to see elements of the Colts and Ravens that coach Caldwell knew. There are some things they did here last year that I think are really good that we’re going to keep in the system.
“Then you’ve got (assistant head coach/tight ends coach) Ron Prince and some things he did at Rutgers and (wide receivers coach) Robert Prince and some things he did at Boise State.
Lombardi’s big task may not be simply installing an offense, but picking and choosing the best of a number of plays to develop his own cohesive scheme. Variety and versatility is necessary to keep defenses guessing and to punish them for mistakes, but the Lions will also have to identify and develop a “bread and butter” they can rely on that will ultimately become their identity.