The Miami Dolphins may want to poach the QB coach who coaches Drew Brees.
Joe Lombardi, Quarterback Coach, New Orleans Saints
We talked about Tua’s limitations. Let’s keep our draft evaluator’s hat on for now. Who is his best NFL comparison. Yes, it’s Drew Brees with a very small sprinkle of Russell Wilson. The Saints have shown us how to win without your physical specimen quarterback. Yes, it helps to have star players all over the place, but it is considerably deeper than that.
New Orleans is your prototypical offense for Tua. Drew Brees is allowed to use his accuracy, touch, pre snap ability, and quick processing to just methodically move this ball down the field, whether it be intermediate, short, or even deep (all of your “Tua can’t throw deep” narratives are going to be absolutely shattered). If you just show him zone coverage all game, Brees will pick you apart, which is the ultimate expectation for Tua.
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The problem with the Dolphins offense in 2020 was the lack of “man-beaters”. Whether it be players of concepts, the Dolphins were unable to beat man coverage. That handicapped the offense to a level where the defense could not overcome it in certain games. One of the more intriguing parts of adding a New Orleans style offense is the seamless transition of using Mike Gesicki as a “Jimmy Graham” type of player. Graham was dominant in New Orleans and I am personally giddy thinking about Gesicki in that role.
Enter Joe Lombardi, a 49 year old who served as the New Orleans Saints quarterback coach from 2009 to 2013, as well as from 2016 to present day. He was also an offensive assistant with the Saints from 2007 to 2008. He has worked with Brees and Sean Payton for the better part of the last decade and a half. He also has experience calling plays. He served as the offensive coordinator with the Detroit Lions from 2014 to 2015, where he worked under Jim Caldwell, who served on Brian Flores staff for a few months in 2019 before stepping down for health reasons.