With the success of the 2020-2021 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, especially on offense, it has come as somewhat of a surprise that Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich did not receive a single interview request from other NFL teams this offseason. When asked about it in an interview with 95.3 WDAE, Bucs head coach Bruce Arians took his reaction a step further, from surprise to frustration.
“Yeah that really pissed me off, I’ll be honest with you,” Arians said. “The job he’s done…he coaches quarterbacks, he calls plays, he’s everything everybody says they are looking for. I was really hoping he’d get his first few interviews and maybe get a job out of it. I can’t speak for what the owners think and who they listen to sometimes, but it’s just a matter of time before he gets his.”
In two years with Leftwich as play-caller, the Bucs offense has set franchise records for points scored in a single season. In 2019 the Bucs finished third in the NFL in scoring and third in total yards, and in 2020 were again third in scoring in a record-breaking year of scoring for NFL offenses. Leftwich, 41, has only coached in the NFL for four years, spending his first two seasons as the quarterbacks coach in Arizona before landing in Tampa Bay with Arians to help run the Bucs offense.