Last week, a report surfaced that the New England Patriots were going to hire Mike Lombardi in some sort of capacity.
Lombardi was fired as general manager of the Cleveland Browns after the 2013-2014 season and was replaced by Ray Farmer. Lombardi and Browns’ Chief Executive Officer Joe Banner were both reportedly let go because of their constant fighting.
According to Nick Underhill of MassLive.com, the Patriots have made the hiring of Lombardi official, naming him an assistant to the coaching staff.
Michael Lombardi has been hired by the New England Patriots as an assistant to the coaching staff.
What the job entails is anyone’s guess, but Lombardi is here with the Patriots coaching staff for the combine, so he already performing his duties for the team.
Lombardi is very familiar with Patriots’ had coach Bill Belichick, having worked with him in Cleveland as Director of Player Personnel when Belichick was the Browns’ head coach. Lombardi also worked as a consultant for the Patriots while he was employed by the NFL Network in 2008.
Lombardi has also worked with the San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, Philadelphia Eagles and Oakland Raiders.