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Chargers fire Joe Lombardi after two seasons

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Los Angeles Chargers have fired offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi. He had been with the team the past two seasons.

This will be one of the most coveted offensive coordinator jobs in the NFL. Why? Star quarterback Justin Herbert.

Former Los Angeles Chargers offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi looks on prior to a game against the Las Vegas Raiders
Joe Lombardi looks on prior to a game against the Las Vegas Raiders (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)

Lombardi joined head coach Brandon Staley’s staff before the 2021 season. In three seasons, Staley is looking for his second offensive coordinator.

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Staley is only making this move because he feels like Herbert is not progressing like he hoped he would. If he does not pick the right coach, then Staley will be the next coach on the hot seat.

The Chargers averaged 23 points per game. The team scored 391 points on the season.

This move comes after the Chargers lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the NFL Wild Card Game on Saturday night. The Chargers were leading in the first half due to four interceptions by quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

Then, in the second half, the tide turned into the Jaguars favor. They ultimately came back to defeat the Chargers 31-30 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Los Angeles led 27-7 at halftime. Then, in the second half, Jacksonville came back with a 24-3 run in the second half.

The 51-year-old — who is the grandson of legendary head coach Vince Lombardi — will seek employment elsewhere. He also previously been an offensive coordinator with the Detroit Lions in 2014 and 2015.

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Lombardi has also been employed by the New Orleans Saints in two separate stints. He was first employed by the team from 2007 through 2013.

Then after being the Lions offensive coordinator, he returned to the team from 2016 through 2020. He began his coaching career in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons in 2006.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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