Joe Lombardi Biography

American football player and coach (born 1971)

For the basketball coach, see Joe Lombardi (basketball).American football player

Joseph Philip Lombardi (born June 6, 1971) is an American football coach and former player who is the offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He previously served as the offensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Chargers from 2021 to 2023, quarterbacks coach for the New Orleans Saints from 2016 to 2020 and offensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions from 2014 to 2015. Lombardi also previously served as an *istant coach for the Atlanta Falcons. He is the grandson of Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi.

Early years

A 1994 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Lombardi played tight end for the Falcons under head coach Fisher DeBerry. He lettered three seasons and started as a senior; he also lettered a season in lacrosse. He served his four years on active duty in the Air Force, where he was a program manager on the F-22 program at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. In the last two years of his military time, he juggled his football and Air Force schedules as he was a volunteer coach at Dayton.

Coaching career

Early career

Prior to coaching in the NFL, Lombardi coached at the college level at Mercyhurst University (Formerly Mercyhurst College), Bucknell University, the Virginia Military Ins*ute, and the University of Dayton. He coached for the New York/New Jersey Hitmen during the one year of the XFL.

Atlanta Falcons

In 2006, Lombardi was hired by the Atlanta Falcons as a defensive *istant under head coach Jim Mora.

New Orleans Saints

In 2007, Lombardi was hired by the New Orleans Saints as an offensive *istant and was promoted to quarterbacks coach in 2009 and the Saints would go on to win the Super Bowl that season. During his time in New Orleans, starting quarterback Drew Brees set numerous p*ing records, including p*ing for more than 5,000 yards five times (four times with Lombardi as quarterbacks coach), and setting the record (now surp*ed) for the most p*ing yards in a single season (5,476 in 2011).

Detroit Lions

In 2014, Lombardi was hired by the Detroit Lions as their offensive coordinator under head coach Jim Caldwell. On October 26, 2015, he was fired by the Lions, along with several other members of the coaching staff, after a 1–6 start to the season.

New Orleans Saints (second stint)

In 2016, Lombardi was re-hired by the New Orleans Saints as their quarterbacks coach.

Los Angeles Chargers

On January 25, 2021, Lombardi was hired by the Los Angeles Chargers as their offensive coordinator under head coach Brandon Staley. He was fired on January 17, 2023 following an NFL Wild Card loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars where the Chargers lost despite a 27-point lead at one point during the 2nd quarter. He was strongly criticized during the season as causing a talented offense to regress and limiting the performance of quarterback Justin Herbert.

Denver Broncos

On February 25, 2023, the Denver Broncos announced the hiring of Lombardi as their offensive coordinator; reuniting him with the Broncos' new head coach Sean Payton.

Personal life

Lombardi is the grandson of Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi, who died the year before he was born, and son of Vince Lombardi, Jr. The youngest of four siblings, Lombardi also lived in Washington, New York, and Michigan. Lombardi played high school football at Seattle Prep, and graduated in 1990.

Lombardi and his wife Molly have seven children: four sons and three daughters.


    External links

    • Denver Broncos bio
    *Serves the role under another *le or interim