Report: Buccaneers Set to Fire OC Byron Leftwich
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are set to fire offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich after a 31-14 drubbing at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys, according to Pewter Report.
A year after Leftwich was set to become the Jaguars head coach due to the terrific performance of the Buccaneers’ offense in 2021, he is now on the chopping block. With Tom Brady at the helm, the Buccaneers averaged a measly 18.4 points per game on the season.
However, on Monday, there were rumors that Leftwich was high on the list of offensive coordinator candidates that Mike Tomlin was paying attention to as he patiently waited. With all of the speculation surrounding Matt Canada’s status, if those rumors are true, it seems the Steelers could potentially make a move to bring on board Leftwich.
Leftwich was a former Steelers quarterback under Tomlin, so they know him well. He played four seasons under Tomlin in 2008 and then in a second stint from 2010 to 2012. He saw action in eight games with one start. He was a part of the team’s Super Bowl XLIII-winning squad after the 2008 season.
As a coach, Leftwich started out as an intern but rose quickly to the ranks, becoming an offensive coordinator in 2019, just three years after he entered the coaching ranks. Former Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians hired Leftwich as an intern in 2016 while he was still with the Arizona Cardinals.
Leftwich seems to now be searching the job market for the first time as a coach. Could Pittsburgh be that place? The signs from this season are not promising, especially since the Buccaneers still had plenty of talent to work with such as Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
The flipside to that argument is that Brady is simply washed and left his play caller out to dry. However, how true is that really? It remains to be seen, but this is something to watch if the rumors are factual.