Have you ever heard of the NFL’s five seasons? There is pre-season, regular season, postseason, draft season and ranking season. And folks, we are well into that fifth season. Pro Football Focus has been coming hot and heavy with their rankings of different aspects of NFL organizations. This week, it released a really interesting one that featured Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich.

Leftwich, who is entering his fourth season as the Bucs’ offensive coordinator, placed third on PFF’s top play callers list. This puts Leftwich in elite company, just behind Andy Reid of the Chiefs and the Cowboys’ Kellen Moore. He also ranked just ahead of offensive masterminds Kyle Shanahan (49ers) and Sean McVay (Rams).

The ranking model relied heavily on EPA (expected points added) as well as other metrics such as efficiency. Leftwich was able to rank high for, among other things, two major reasons. The first is that Leftwich is loath to run the ball in second-and-long situations. The second is that he tends to run a pass-heavy offense in general. The passing game has proven to be more efficient in the aggregate than the running game. It’s these two factors that help buoy his ranking.

Looking beyond these metrics, it is easy to see that no matter how you slice it, Leftwich shows favorably as a play-caller. His offenses have ranked no worse than No. 3 in points per game since coming to Tampa Bay. Additionally, they have ranked No. 3, No. 7 and No. 2 in yards per game over that same time period.

And while you may say that the offense was bound to be successful with the weapons at Leftwich’s disposal, pump the breaks. The team has proven to be able to score points even without its stars. The Bucs put up 27 points in the NFC Divisional Round last year without Antonio Brown and Chris Godwin. And don’t forget at the end of the 2019 season, when both Godwin Mike Evans were lost to season-ending injuries. Jameis Winston and the offense still put up solid offensive production in their absences.

With many weapons back, some added and Tom Brady at the helm, look for Leftwich to continue to call plays that will help the Bucs score a ton of points in 2022.

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Captain Sly
Captain Sly
10 days ago

Poking at the hornets nest again, Plenty of Leftwich hater around here! Leftwich has earned his stripes as you say with his offenses no matter who’s been at the helm. I think now that they’ve forced the meddling old head coach to take a seat we’ll see more balance in this offense.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  Captain Sly
9 days ago

Not “plenty” – just a small handful of haters and morons. But the more hateful and moronic, the more the usual suspects tend to comment ever more obnoxiously and stupidly, in a vain attempt to convince Bucs fans and readers of PR that what we see with our eyes on the field, and in the results at the end of the season, is not what is reality. And they vainly attempt to prove how if they were running things at the Bucs, everything would be o so much better than, what, other than wins and championships? In sports as well… Read more »

fredster
fredster
10 days ago

Lefty has been good overall to me. Not great. Factor in he has the best QB of all time. Some of Lefty’s stuff against Rams and Saints has been crap imo. Ok it’s 3rd and 1 and can’t get anything going or protect the QB today so of course let’s throw it 30 yard pass instead of getting the damn yard. Over and over he’s done this crap to where it’s not even a surprise. It would be a damn surprise if they actually just tried to pick up the 1st down for once. Lol. Good not great. If he… Read more »

Last edited 10 days ago by fredster
Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  fredster
9 days ago

That you continue to use the insulting diminutive name for our offensive coordinator, a name which only morons and haters – one and the same – use for our championship winning coach, gives away your “yet but” game. You’re such a self-important fraud.

Joseph
Joseph
10 days ago

Funny how it works when things go great it’s all tom when they look terrible it’s all leftwich. They both hold the blame for the failures and successes but the bucs have been one of the most productive offensives in the league for a couple years now think they are both good.

plopes808
plopes808
9 days ago

Since TB12 arrived, it seems he and Lefty have helped each other up their games. It’ll be interesting to see how well the offense fairs once TB really retires. Hopefully that isn’t anytime too soon.

Dman
Dman
9 days ago

Seems he got a whole lot better when TB showed up.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  Dman
9 days ago

Someone named Jameis threw for over 5,000 yards too.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  Dman
9 days ago

Jayzus guy … how about looking something up that is factual before emoting and embarrassing yourself?

The year before Tom Brady “showed up” (gee, you think the quality of the offensive coordinator might have had something to do with the GOAT’s decision on where to go?), Byron Leftwich coached the third ranked scoring offense in the league.

The following year when Tom Brady mysteriously “showed up”, Byron Leftwich coached the third ranked scoring offense in the league.

Then the year after that, Byron Leftwich coached the second ranked scoring offense in the league.

Facts.

scubog
scubog
9 days ago

In spite of the facts presented in the article, the typical ill-advised narratives were right on time to offer the “yeah but” retort. I was surprised not to see DrD with his oft-used “moron” adjective to describe “Lefty”. We love those deep shot passes on 3rd and short when they connect like in the Packers playoff game. Didn’t hear anyone complaining about the “stupid call” then. So, it’s not the call, it’s the execution. Then we have the “meddling” coach rumor. I’m pretty sure every head coach sticks his nose in the offensive and/or defensive planning sessions. In the article… Read more »

thegeebo
thegeebo
9 days ago

While the Bucs offense has been among the best ever, BL still has obvious room for improvements. Watching every Bucs game, I still see BL call too many 1st down HB dives, which have a very low success rate. I also see him continue to underutilize play action. If BL could get less predictable in his run play calling, and add more play action, this team will set all time records this year! LFG