Lions fire three coaches, including offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi (Shutdown Corner)

The Detroit Lions have fired three offensive coaches, including offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, according to Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News . The team also relieved offensive line coaches Jeremiah Washburn and Terry Heffernan. The moves come a day after struggling badly on offense against the Minnesota, taking seven sacks in the game and totaling seven net yards in the second and third quarters combined in a loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Firing Lombardi, who has faced heat from fans and media for his play calling since last season, was not a surprise. Although he was viewed as a rising prospect in the coaching ranks after working his way up with the New Orleans Saints, this Lions offense has been inconsistent — especially this season — under Lombari’s watch. The offensive line is considered one of the worst units in the NFL, with quarterback Matthew Stafford taking weekly beatings. The Lions rank 20th in yards per game, 25th in interception percentage, 29th in points scored at 19.9 per game, and dead last in rushing yards per game at 68.0, with every other team averaging at least 83.7 on the ground per game. Lombardi, the grandson of Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi, had never called plays in the NFL before joining the Lions. The move also came just a few hours after Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said there would be “no changes” to the coaching staff , so we’re left to wonder if they was an ultimatum from above Caldwell, who most certainly finds himself on shaky ground after the Lions fell to 1-6 prior to their Week 8 trip to London to face the Kansas City Chiefs. No word yet on who will be calling plays for the Lions and trying to light a fire under a talented but underachieving offense. – – – – – – – Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm

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