The Las Vegas Raiders are attempting to change the trajectory of their franchise, as they head coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler Tuesday evening. These weren't the only moves Vegas made, as the Raiders have also fired offensive coordinator Mick Lombardi, per Sports Illustrated. Quarterbacks coach Bo Hardegree will replace Lombardi as offensive coordinator, per NFL Media.
Lombardi's offense ranks 31st in yards of total offense per game through eight weeks (268.3), and 30th in points scored per game (15.8). In the 26-14 loss to the Detroit Lions Monday night, the Raiders recorded just 157 yards of total offense compared to Detroit's 486. Free-agent addition quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is averaging career-lows in yards per attempt (7.2), passer rating (78.1) and TD-INT ratio (0.78), and leads the league in interceptions with nine despite playing in just six games.
Lombardi was in Year 2 as the Raiders' offensive coordinator. Previously, he served as an assistant for the San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets, an assistant quarterbacks coach for the New England Patriots and the wide receivers coach in New England as well.
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Passing game coordinator Scott Turner was thought to be a candidate to replace Lombardi, but ultimately, it's Hardegree. The former quarterbacks coach previously served as an offensive assistant for the Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins, Jets and Patriots.