Joe Lombardi was a busy man Tuesday.

After agreeing in principle to become the Lions offensive coordinator in the morning, he drove about two hours from the Senior Bowl in Mobile home to New Orleans to tell his family -- his wife Molly, a Bay City native, and their six children. Then he drove back to Mobile in time to watch the South practice in the afternoon with Lions president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew.

By early evening, Lombardi’s new job became official, and he, along with head coach Jim Caldwell, will soon have the task of turning around quarterback Matthew Stafford’s career path after two disappointing seasons.

Lombardi, grandson of Hall of Fame NFL coach Vince Lombardi, spent the past seven years with the Saints, including the last five as quarterbacks coach for a group that included Drew Brees, and will bring a background heavily influenced by Saints head coach Sean Payton.

Assuming the Lions hire an experienced quarterbacks coach, the team will have three coaches with extensive histories of working with quarterbacks to help Stafford stop his regression.

When Lombardi arrives in Detroit, Saints tight end coach Terry Malone said the Lions can expect an offense that attacks. Since Payton took over as head coach in 2006, New Orleans has finished in the top six in yardage in the NFL every season.

“If you like at all what we’ve done with our offense in New Orleans, then I think you can expect a lot of the same things because that’s where Joe’s learning comes from,” said Malone, who worked as a Michigan assistant from 1997-2005. “His thought process is really going to be greatly influenced by the way Sean Payton sees football. It’s a type of offense that we always think we’re on the attack because we think we have great weapons, and we’re going to constantly stretch the defense.”

In addition to Stafford at quarterback, Lombardi will have Calvin Johnson, the NFL’s best wide receiver, at his disposal, as well as running backs Reggie Bush and Joique Bell, who both spent time with Lombardi in New Orleans.

The Lions have not yet said whether Lombardi or Caldwell will call plays, but either way, Lombardi will bring a history of being a teacher for players and coaches.

When Frank Smith joined the Saints as an offensive assistant in 2010, he said Lombardi helped him understand his responsibilities and adjust to life as an NFL coach. Smith described Lombardi as “meticulous” in his understanding of both offense and opposing defenses.