Joe Lombardi reunites with Sean Payton as new Broncos offensive coordinator
Joe Lombardi remains at AFC West and is gearing up for his third run with head coach Sean Payton.
Lombardi, a former Los Angeles Chargers offensive coordinator, has been hired as the Denver Broncos’ new head coach, the team announced Saturday.
Fired from the Chargers on January 17, Lombardi would once again be reunited with Payton.
Lombardi, 51, was a New Orleans Saints offensive assistant and then quarterbacks coach from 2007 to 2013 under Payton. After two years as the Detroit Lions’ offensive coordinator, Lombardi returned to the swamp as the coach of the Saints Quarterby from 2016 to 2020.
History repeats itself as Lombardi, after another two-year stint with the OS, returned to Payton, who was hired to lead the Broncos on January 31st.
Despite his firing, Lombardi’s bottom line record in Los Angeles was not bad. The Chargers have been in the top 10 in rushing yards in each of the last two seasons and ranked 5th in points in 2021 before dropping eight spots in 2022.
While Lombardi struggled in his two OC runs, he certainly found success as part of the Payton team. He worked well with future Hall of Famer quarterback Drew Brees and competed in the Saints’ Super Bowl championship in the 2009 season.
He will now team up with Payton in hopes of changing the career of quarterback Russell Wilson after a monumental stumble during his first QB year with the Broncos in 2022.
Lombardi is kicked out of LA, but his old boss Payton and the Broncos welcome him with open arms.