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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.

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About the Author: Jon Ledyard

Jon Ledyard is PewterReport.com's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft
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drdneast
7 months ago

Friendship can make you blind.
GM’s look at Buc game tape and see the unimaginative play calling, formations and repetitive preponderance of first down runs and figure if hey want this they can go to Seymour Valley Tech High School and pick up their OC for a bargain basement price
Brady is succeeding despite Lefto, not because of him..

drdneast
7 months ago

“I was really hoping he’d get his first few interviews and maybe get a job out of it.”
Translation: That way I don’t have to fire him for being a dullard.

Eddie
Reply to  drdneast
7 months ago

Another angle to look at it. But I am not sure Arian is that deep of a thinker.

scubog
Reply to  drdneast
7 months ago

Apparently results don’t matter to you.

Spitfire
7 months ago

I think Leftwich has every bit of a chance to be a Head Coach if he gets some more time under his belt, proves he can grow and adjust over the course of a number of years and do it consistently. Until then nobody is gonna just hand him the keys to the castle. I’d at least like to see us have some consistency for a couple years straight here with both staff and players before people start breaking off and going elsewhere.

owlykat
Reply to  Spitfire
7 months ago

After people watch dullard Leftwich call a first down run straight up the gut for only two yards again and again and if he gets the Bucs to third and two he always calls a long pass instead of just getting an easy first down, nobody wants him as a head coach!

owlykat
Reply to  owlykat
7 months ago

Brady and BA both need to be added to the top ring at the stadium!

owlykat
Reply to  Spitfire
7 months ago

We certainly don’t want BA retiring and trying to pass off his job to Leftwich. He needs to ride Brady’s coat tails til Brady retires as a player and then we need to be pushing for the owners to choose Brady to be our HC as soon as BA retires.

PewterPose
7 months ago

Here are some Bucs coaches who are better leaders and preparers than Arthur Smith, Brandon Staley, Dan Campbell, and Nick Sirianni:
Harold Goodwin. Todd Bowles. Byron Leftwich. Mike Caldwell. Joe Gilbert. Larry Foote. Kacy Rodgers. Kevin Ross.

Buc76
7 months ago

Give me a break on this. Bruce only has to look in the mirror and see how long it took him to get a head coaching job. He was the Offensive Coordinator 12 years ago here in SuperBowl 43 when the Steelers won and he still didn’t get a job. Only when Chuck Pagano got sick did he get a head coaching opportunity. Byron Leftwich has not proved anything yet. Let’s see him win this SuperBowl. Then maybe he might get some looks but still it would not be out of the ordinary if he didn’t for a while.

PewterPose
Reply to  Buc76
7 months ago

Good points. Tell me, how many Super Bowls did Kliff Kingsbury win before getting hired by the Cardinals? Or was it getting fired from Texas Tech that qualified him?

compewterpirate
7 months ago

I listened to the whole interview on the Rich Eisen show and that part of the interview, regarding Byron Leftwich, was considerably more nuanced and controversial than you are actually reporting Jon. Prompted by some highly speculative insinuation from Eisen, who suggested there might be a racial bias implication as to the reason BL had not received any head coaching interviews, BA was all too happy to pay lip service to the race card Eisen had played him, rather than rightfully rebutting it or even rebuking the show host for indulging in such spurious racist innuendo. The fact is this.… Read more »

Last edited 7 months ago by compewterpirate
PatrioticChief
7 months ago

I love the loyalty from Arians but I’m pissed he didn’t get a HC gig for a completely different reason lol.

Michael76
Reply to  PatrioticChief
7 months ago

LMAO

drdneast
Reply to  PatrioticChief
7 months ago

Very shrewd,

Naplesfan
7 months ago

The Leftwich haters are well represented in this thread so far. The fact is that Byron coordinated the offense that was the league’s third highest scoring for each of the last two seasons. The first one with Winston, for those who want to deny credit for our offense due to giving it all to Tom Brady. And now the second time in a row as third best in the league. So obviously he has not been a one-season wonder. Indeed, though TB-12 is a generational talent, he had no pre-season on which to get up to speed with new coaches,… Read more »

Bucc My Life
7 months ago

2018 Bucs: 3rd in yards 12th in points 32nd in giveaways (35) 2019 Bucs 3rd in yards 3rd in points 32nd in giveaways (41) 2020 7th yards 3rd points 7th giveaways (17) Arians and Leftwich inherited a talented but inefficient offense and basically turned up the volume – leading to more scores and more turnovers. In terms of points given away off turnovers, we had to have been one of the all time leaders as well, though thats a hard stat to find. (Maybe you can find that, Jon?) 2020 & the introduction of Brady saw us become more efficient… Read more »

Last edited 7 months ago by Bucc My Life
surferdudes
7 months ago

Couple of things holding Lefty, and Eric B. in K.C. back. First thing is, who’s offense is it anyway, the O.C.’s, or the H.C.’s. The next thing is the ridiculous talent both offenses have. So is it the play calling, or the talent, plus standing in the shadows of Reid, and Arians, that’s why these O.C.’s aren’t being looked at. The other obvious reason is they’re black.

compewterpirate
Reply to  surferdudes
7 months ago

A perceptive post, until you decided to play the ‘race card’. In the social environment of today’s America, where the predominantly liberal establishment genuflects endlessly at the altar of political correctness, including the NFL, do you really think that BL or Bienemy have not been invited to head coaching interviews because they’re black? Oligarchs, including NFL owners, just want to make money. If BL or Bienemy were talented enough, or had the requisite profile to be a head coach, they would have been hired by now. Your first two reasons were highly plausible, which I totally concur with and surely… Read more »

lambeau
Reply to  compewterpirate
7 months ago

What’s wrong with correctness? Do you forget not long ago the correct view was Blacks were too dumb to be QB’s, let alone an HC. But Computerpirate is totally correct about Byron’s deficiencies, and BA is wrong to push this affirmative action hire.

compewterpirate
Reply to  lambeau
7 months ago

There is nothing wrong with genuine correctness Peter and I certainly remember that era where the prevailing viewpoint, based solely upon racism, was that blacks were not smart enough to be QB’s or head coaches. There is nothing correct about that patently racist perception, now happily consigned to the trash bin of history. Just for clarification, I was referring to the communistic, mind-control, cult, of ‘political correctness’, designed to promote racial conflict and promoted by the ‘liberal elite’, of which ‘affirmative action’ is a warped manifestation. A very different concept to actual ‘correctness’, which is based upon intelligence, logic, morality,… Read more »

Last edited 7 months ago by compewterpirate
drdneast
Reply to  compewterpirate
7 months ago

Let me guess who you voted for.
IF you don’t believe racism doesn’t exist within the all white NFL ownership, you are surely delusional.
To what degree the owners have retained a racist perception of black coaches I have no idea and wouldn’t venture a guess. Coaches normally don’t care about the color of a players skin as long as he can help them win enough so they don’t get fired.
Coaches get fired and have to look for another job, owners don’t and it is almost virtually impossible to lose money as an NFL owner.

compewterpirate
Reply to  drdneast
7 months ago

“Let me guess who you voted for” … You managed to venture a guess at that then, even though you have no idea and either way you’re wrong! “If you don’t believe racism doesn’t exist within the all white NFL ownership, you are surely delusional” … Actually, the use of a double negative means the opposite of what you are trying to say, but you factually have no idea whether racism exists amongst NFL owners or not, it is mere supposition on your part. In addition to which, the NFL ownership is not all white. Shaheed Khan (owner of the… Read more »

Last edited 7 months ago by compewterpirate
Naplesfan
Reply to  compewterpirate
7 months ago

The evidence is the results. We need no more evidence than that. It’s not as if the issue just popped up – the Rooney Rule was made way back in 2003. It was recognized as an issue decades before that. Yet here we are, hardly any black head coaches in a league made up mostly of black players.
That certainly resembles white supremacy. Because it IS white supremacy.

Naplesfan
Reply to  compewterpirate
7 months ago

Dude – race is an element because hardly any head coaches in the league today are black, and it’s getting worse, not better … despite the fact that about 70% of the players are black. That is simply institutional systemic racism at work, prima facie evidence is irrefutable. The league had at least a little bit of excuse for this back in the 70s or 80s … but not now in the 2020s. It’s obvious that most NFL owners – Glazers excepted – are uncomfortable with black head coaches. That needs to change. That you don’t like this kind of… Read more »

compewterpirate
Reply to  Naplesfan
7 months ago

“That is simply institutional systemic racism at work, prima facie evidence is irrefutable”. … I would concur that the prima facie evidence might point in that direction, but it is not irrefutable. Firstly, you are making an assumption about the correlation between the percentage of black players in the NFL and black coaches and ascribing it to systemic racism. However coaching is not the same as playing. It involves an entirely different skill set and the specific skills that make one a great player may not necessarily transpose into making one a great coach. Using your argument, one could just… Read more »

Last edited 7 months ago by compewterpirate
Hockey Duckie
7 months ago

Arians is full of nepotism. Here’s what other teams see:

  • 2019: 30 TDs, 33 INTs, 47 sacks (offense produced less TDs than 2018)
  • 2020: 40 TDs, 12 INTs, 21 sacks

Brady morphed this offense to add short, intermediate and middle crossing routes. This is what the rest of the league sees.
Now, with Bowles, it’s all on him to make that defense work. That’s why Bowles got some consideration, but not much time has elapsed since his NY Jets HC debacle.

Naplesfan
Reply to  Hockey Duckie
7 months ago

You are confusing players with coaches .. really, is that all you got? SMH
Here’s the key – 2019 – 3rd ranked scoring offense
2020 – 3rd ranked scoring offense
End of story.

hamilton
7 months ago

What has this coach hired this year done.i will wait.

Dman
7 months ago

I always liked Leftwich as a QB, not so much as an OC. He’s got a long way to go to become a legit HC prospect.

scubog
7 months ago

You people miss the whole criteria of what it takes to be a head coach or a manager of any kind. It’s much more about organizational skills, decision making, consensus building, relationships than x’s and o’s. None of us know if Byron Leftwich possesses those attributes, you just don’t like the “two yards and a cloud of dust” plays that just so happened to lead us to the Super Bowl. Me, I’m a results management guy.

Naplesfan
Reply to  scubog
7 months ago

Right – the bottom line is the bottom line.
3rd ranked scoring offense two seasons in a row, despite a massive change at quarterback.

Dave
7 months ago

Look we can argue about BL all day on whether he’s good enough to be a HC or not. I’d personally say he’s not ready for that in any way shape or form. But you add that to the fact that Bienemy didn’t get a single interview, and the bias is pretty evident. And for those who want to say what has Bienemy done…what he did to revive the Vikings running game before he was with KC alone, should put him into consideration. He’s done it with the Vikings and Chiefs as a RB’s coach, with the guys he was… Read more »

scubog
Reply to  Dave
7 months ago

Bienemy had several interviews. He just didn’t get hired.

Dave
Reply to  scubog
7 months ago

The one that really gets me is the Texans. They considered everyone in the world before Bienemy. Who wasn’t considered at all. Like what has Josh McCown done at any level, that Bienemy hasn’t? Or what has David Culley done that could possibly qualify him as a HC? Other than manage to somehow stay in the league in some for or fashion for over 25 years.

At the end of the day, the big picture is pretty crystal clear. If you can’t see what that picture is, I don’t know what else to tell ya

Last edited 7 months ago by Dave
FLNative
7 months ago

Why interview if you are not ready. Why contribute to the window dressing of black head coach interviews?

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