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Chargers hearth offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi: 6 candidates to interchange him

The Chargers fired offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and passing sport coordinator/quarterbacks coach Shane Day on Tuesday after two seasons.

Head coach Brandon Staley, who’s returning for 2023, will now be trying to find a brand new teaching nucleus round 24-year-old quarterback Justin Herbert.

Herbert made his first playoff look this season, however amid a slew of accidents, the offense as an entire regressed. The Chargers completed fourth in Soccer Outsiders’ offensive DVOA in 2021. They ranked nineteenth this 12 months. Accidents have been an element. So was an absence of pace and depth at receiver. However Lombardi’s scheme and play calling simply felt stagnant. The Chargers couldn’t run the ball successfully all season, and that was the first subject within the staff’s epic 27-point blown lead towards the Jaguars within the playoffs over the weekend.


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The Chargers rushed for simply 7 yards on seven designed rushes in a sport they wanted to take over on the line of scrimmage and end on the bottom. That efficiency, greater than something, is what led to those firings. Herbert, who was coping with fractured rib cartilage all season, completed 2022 with profession lows in touchdowns and yards per try.

Staley wants enchancment from this offense, and he must discover a coordinator who can unlock Herbert’s full potential.

The Day firing is barely stunning as he has a really shut relationship with Herbert. However this looks like a obligatory transfer to draw the highest offensive coordinator candidates, who will possible need to usher in their very own staffers.

Listed below are six attainable candidates to interchange Lombardi.

Mike LaFleur, kind Jets OC

LaFleur shared methods with the Jets earlier this month to pursue different alternatives. The Athletic‘s Jourdan Rodrigue reported over the weekend that LaFleur is “one title to control” for the Rams’ open offensive coordinator place. NFL Community reported that LaFleur is predicted to affix Sean McVay’s employees. However the Chargers’ opening can be a play-calling alternative for LaFleur, the youthful brother of Packers head coach Matt LaFleur. Mike LaFleur coached underneath Kyle Shanahan from 2015 to 2020, first with the Falcons after which with the 49ers.

Nathaniel Hackett, prepare Broncos head coach

Hackett’s stint in Denver ended unceremoniously. And the Broncos offense, with Russell Wilson, was an abject catastrophe. However Hackett has play-calling expertise from his three seasons because the Jaguars’ offensive coordinator from 2016 to 2018. He turned a Blake Bortles-led unit right into a practical offense. He appeared unready for his head-coaching alternative, however the Chargers may very well be match. Hackett coached for 3 seasons underneath Matt LaFleur in Inexperienced Bay from 2019 to 2021.

Thomas Brown, Rams assistant head coach/TEs coach

McVay, in fact, lower his tooth as a younger coach engaged on Mike Shanahan’s Washington employees within the early 2010s. Kyle Shanahan was the offensive coordinator. Matt LaFleur was the quarterbacks coach. McVay was the tight ends coach. Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel was the vast receivers coach. That’s the tree Staley will possible be choosing from. And Brown has now labored underneath McVay for 3 seasons — first because the operating backs coach in 2020, including the assistant head coach title through the Tremendous Bowl run in 2021, then switching from operating backs to tight ends this previous season. The Chargers want to enhance their operating sport. That will likely be a precedence as they conduct this search. Brown was an NFL operating again and has been concerned within the operating sport at each cease of his teaching profession, in school and the professionals.

Thomas Brown is a candidate who may assist the Chargers enhance their operating sport. (Kirby Lee/USA At present)

Dan Pitcher, Bengals QBs coach

Pitcher has spent the previous seven seasons teaching for the Bengals, together with the previous 4 on Zac Taylor’s employees. He was the assistant quarterbacks coach in 2019 earlier than being promoted to quarterbacks coach in 2020 for Joe Burrow’s rookie season. Taylor spent two seasons teaching underneath McVay, together with one season as quarterbacks coach in 2018 earlier than the Bengals employed him as their head coach.

Zac Robinson, Rams cross sport coordinator/QBs coach

Robinson performed 4 seasons within the NFL as a quarterback from 2010 to 2013 earlier than becoming a member of McVay’s employees as an assistant quarterbacks coach in 2019. He was the assistant vast receivers coach in 2020, went again to assistant quarterbacks coach in 2021, and was promoted to passing sport coordinator and quarterbacks coach this previous season.

Frank Reich, prepare Colts head coach

Reich, whom the Colts fired midseason, is already getting head-coaching interviews. He reportedly interviewed for the Panthers’ opening final week. However we are going to embrace him right here in case he doesn’t get a head-coaching spot and continues to be in search of a play-calling job in 2023. Reich spent three seasons on Mike McCoy’s Chargers employees from 2013 to 2015, first because the quarterbacks coach after which because the offensive coordinator for 2 seasons. So there may be some organizational familiarity there.

(High picture of Joe Lombardi: Kyle Terada/USA At present)


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