Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said today (Friday) that he will be the one calling plays. Also, he said the Lions are still in the process of hiring a quarterbacks coach.

It had been unclear since Jim Caldwell’s introductory press conference three weeks ago when he said the decision hadn’t been made. At that point Lombardi had not been hired.

“It’s always a collaborative effort,’’ Lombardi said at Friday’s press conference. “I think a lot of the play calls get done during the week in game planning. No matter who’s calling plays certainly a lot of suggestions are being made on game day. Yes, I’ll be the one that will (call plays).’’

Lombardi spent the last five years as quarterbacks coach of the New Orleans Saints where he did not call plays. But certainly the offense goes through the quarterbacks coach.

“Certainly the last few years I’ve been in that mode of what play would I call here,’’ Lombardi said. “As we’re setting up the game plan, it’s very situational, in this situation here’s what we are planning on calling and you certainly have your game day adjustments based on how the defense is playing you and what you expected. It’s something I certainly feel I’m ready to do.’’