REPORTS: Tampa Bay Buccaneers OC Byron Leftwich Favorite to Become New Jacksonville Jaguars HC

Published 01/26/2022, 1:15 PM EST

Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich is really going to experience the rigors of an NFL coaching job. The Jacksonville Jaguars are really trying to finalize a deal with the Buccaneers to get a new era rolling. Leftwich was among many who did go for the interview and was a huge favorite since the vacancy came around.

The Buccaneers OC seems to have a healthy respect for his soon-to-be former employers. He dismissed links with the Jaguars’ job during their active 2021 season. Being a former Jaguars QB, Leftwich had an 8-hour meeting with the Jaguars hierarchy. The OC did also receive a glowing endorsement from his Buccaneers QB Tom Brady, who just had great things to say.

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The key to the favor from their board lies that he has familiarity with the organization. A former Super Bowl champion with the Steelers, he could just end up being the best role model for Jaguars young QB Trevor Lawrence.

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There have also been rumors around the league about Leftwich looking to rope in members for his backroom staff. He will leave the Buccaneers whom he joined during their 2019 season. They ended up winning the 2020 Super Bowl as he worked with Brady in a potent offense. The experience of winning will be a big alluring factor for Leftwich’s candidature in Jacksonville’s ownership eyes.

While looking at his history with the Jaguars franchise, he was drafted 7th overall in the 2003 Draft. He made 44 starts in 46 games. A forward-thinking coach who has a strong player relationship bonding history will be a breath of fresh air. He has spent time with coach Bruce Arians and developed tactical knowledge of the game with him.

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Owner Shad Khan and GM Trent Baalke will be really looking to rope in someone who could be the answer. A familiar face will also smooth over things with Jacksonville fans who have been on their case following consecutive disappointing seasons. Even QB Lawrence will look to develop in an offense that will complement his skill set, something his former coach wasn’t able to unlock.

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Anuj Tazhatuveetil

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An NFL author at EssentiallySports, Anuj Tazhatuveetil is pursuing a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Initially, he worked as a freelance content writer and later as a part of Sports404. An unquenchable thirst to learn about all things NFL and NBA, adding to a rather healthy obsession with playing outdoor sports like basketball, and soccer with an almost encyclopedic knowledge of this industry make him a sports aficionado.

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