The LA Chargers have one of the best quarterbacks in the entire league and did not operate like that was the case this season. Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi did not draw up a proper game plan to maximize Herbert's extreme talent level and the organization made it clear that is how they felt on Tuesday.
After months of complaints from the fanbase (and a blown 27-0 lead), the Chargers announced on Tuesday that they were parting ways with Lombardi and passing game coordinator Shane Day.
Now the search begins for a new offensive coordinator and it is an important one for the Bolts. Both Brandon Staley and Tom Telesco have their jobs on the line in the 2023 season and they will be looking in conjunction for someone who can maximize Herbert and help guide the team to new offensive heights.
There is an insanely long list of potential candidates and Staley could surprise us like he did with the Lombardi hire. However, as it stands, there are five names that stick out above the rest.
Here are 5 potential offensive coordinators the Chargers can hire to replace Joe Lombardi:
1. Frank Reich
The most obvious and talked about name on this list. Frank Reich was fired by the Indianapolis Colts this season for reasons that are still unknown (the most likely being so the team could tank). Indianpolis cratered without Reich, who is the most experienced option there is.
Reich could get some head-coaching buzz but if he doesn't the Chargers would be a great place for him to gain back some value for a future head-coaching position. There are not very many situations where you can inherit an offense with as much talent as the Chargers have.
Fans should not worry about the Colts' poor season and should instead turn to the fact that Reich got the most out of a carousel of quarterbacks that included Carson Wentz and Jacoby Brissett.
Reich is a great offensive mind and has been credited for the work he does with quarterbacks specifically. Add in the fact that he has head-coaching experience (which could help Staley) and it seems like a no-brainer for the Bolts.