It’s no secret that new Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians wanted Byron Leftwich to be the team’s offensive coordinator and play-caller, as PewterReport.com reported that on January 8 when we also announced that defensive coordinator Todd Bowles would join Arians’ staff.

Now it’s official.

On Saturday, the Bucs officially agreed to terms with Leftwich, who spent the last two years coaching quarterbacks in Arizona – the 2017 season under Arians. Leftwich took over the play-calling duties midway through the season for Mike McCoy last year in Arizona under head coach Steve Wilks.

During his initial press conference, Arians discussed turning the play-calling duties over to Leftwich in Tampa Bay.

“I’ve been training guys for this job,” Arians said. “I always said I would never give it up and look over anybody’s shoulder until I found one I knew could do it. Harold Goodwin did it for me for a little while, but Byron I think is rising star in this business. What he did with the interim title out there – it wasn’t even his offense, it was Mike McCoy’s offense – and he did a heck of a job with some rookies. He’s more than ready. I think this coaching staff is going to be outstanding.”

Leftwich, a former first-round pick as the quarterback of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2003, was the Bucs’ starting quarterback in 2009 before giving way to first-round pick Josh Freeman. Leftwich played under Arians in Pittsburgh in 2008 and again in 2010-12 as Ben Roethlisberger’s backup and won a Super Bowl ring. He began his coaching career under Arians in Arizona in 2017.

Arians and the Bucs signed Harold Goodwin to coach the offensive line and serve as the run game coordinator.

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Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]

6 COMMENTS

  1. Love it when a plan comes together. So glad the Glazers went the Arians route rather than a Kingsbury, LaFleur or a Kitchens uninspired hiring. Believe this staff has the makings of something special and is definitely going to be on the same page with a goal of a ring.

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  2. I trust Arians. On surface rather have more experienced but he says he’s ready and he groomed him. I really didn’t like leftwhich for QB coach so glad he’s doing this instead, his mechanics were whacky Lol. I’m a Winston fan and believer but does need to work on his mechanics no doubt.

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  3. Wait till the playoffs are over and you see the free agents that this guy is going to bring to town this will not be the same Bucs as years past!

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    • That’s what I’m most excited for about him, a lot of players loved to play for him and there’s one guy that I’m looking at on defense who will be a free agent…Tyran Mathieu. If he doesn’t resign with the Texans for any reason, then we should look into bringing him here. BA took a chance and drafted him.

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  4. welcome back Byron !!

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  5. I borrowed this from The Huddle website. I tells me that everything is not rosey about Byron…”Nevertheless, the looming concern over just how seasoned is Leftwich has to be at the forefront of questioning whether this offense succeeds. Nine uninspiring games under his belt as an OC suggests this will be as much of a learning experience for him as it is a teachable moment for Arians.” Just a thought…..

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