Buccaneers fire offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, a favorite of Tom Brady after playoff defeat


BREAKING NEWS: Buccaneers fire offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, a favorite of Tom Brady, after Tampa Bay falls in the NFC Wild Card

Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich has been fired after the Bucs fell in Monday night’s NFC Wild Card game to the Dallas Cowboys.

Under his direction, Leftwich orchestrated the No. 15 best offense in the National Football League, averaging only 346.7 yards per game. The Buccaneers barely won the NFC South – posing an 8-9 record in the process

Leftwich is set to be one of up to ‘five offensive assistants and two on defense’ that are expected to be axed, according to Tampa Bay Times reporter Rick Stroud

While the passing attack was consistently one of the best – second in the NFL – the running game was the worst in yards per game. Last year, Tampa Bay was the only team that averaged less than 80 rushing yards per game – with 76.9.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich has been relieved of his duties

Leftwich had been with the Buccaneers since 2019 – making this his fourth season in charge of the offense in Tampa Bay.

He was hired under the head coaching of Bruce Arians, who gave Leftwich full playcalling control on the offense.

Arians had said when he was hired out of retirement to coach the Bucs, that he ‘wouldn’t have taken the job if it wasn’t for general manager Jason Licht, and probably wouldn’t have taken the job if Byron Leftwich wasn’t available.’

Together – with Leftwich given full control of calling offensive plays – the Buccaneers won Super Bowl LV in 2020 with quarterback Tom Brady at the helm.

Leftwich (middle) was a favorite of Tom Brady's - as the pair won themselves Super Bowl LV

Leftwich (middle) was a favorite of Tom Brady’s – as the pair won themselves Super Bowl LV

During that time, Leftwich’s stock as a potential head coaching candidate rose. Reports say that he’d received multiple interviews for head coaching jobs over the years, but has never gotten the gig.

This past season, Leftwich seemed to struggle on offense with a game that focused heavily on passing while the run game suffered. 

Before this job, Leftwich had been the quarterbacks coach and the interim offensive coordinator with the Arizona Cardinals. 

Leftwich worked with Arians and on the Cardinals until the latter’s retirement at the end of the 2017 season. 

In the 2018 season, Leftwich was promoted to interim offensive coordinator after OC Mike McCoy was relieved of duties. At the end of that season, Leftwich was fired alongside his then-head coach Steve Wilkes.

Leftwich had also been a favorite coordinator of former Bucs & Cardinals HC Bruce Arians

Leftwich had also been a favorite coordinator of former Bucs & Cardinals HC Bruce Arians



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