On Saturday, Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler made one of the most anticipated decisions so far this offseason: the team’s new offensive coordinator. After much deliberation, the new front office tandem have hired Mick Lombardi to be the next Raiders OC.
After the hiring of McDaniels and Ziegler, there was much speculation over who was going to take over as OC. Were they going to keep Greg Olson? Were they going to hire an outside candidate? But ultimately, the new Raiders’ brain-trust hired Lombardi.
The 33-year-old Lombardi has quite a history in the NFL. After scouting for the New England Patriots, he began coaching in 2013 for the San Francisco 49ers. Lombardi’s coaching career began as an assistant to the head coach under Jim Harbaugh.
During the remainder of his time in San Francisco, Lombardi wore many hats. He spent time as both an offensive and defensive assistant for one season. He then spent another season as the 49ers’ offensive quality control coach in 2016. His impressive work earned him looks around the league, which led to his next big move.
From 2017 to 2018, Lombardi was an offensive assistant for the New York Jets. In 2019, he got his first big promotion as assistant quarterbacks coach for the New England Patriots. He worked closely with Tom Brady in the 2019 season before becoming the wide receivers coach in 2020. Mick Lombardi served as the wide receivers coach for the previous two seasons, where he built a rapport with former Patriots offensive coordinator and new Las Vegas Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels.
Lombardi joins GM Dave Ziegler, HC Josh McDaniels, QB coach Bo Hardegree and offensive line coach Carmen Bricillo in Las Vegas after all five spent the previous season in New England.
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