According to the reporting of Pewter Report and multiple other outlets, the Jaguars contract discussions with Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich for Jacksonville’s head-coaching vacancy have stalled. Leftwich has been the favorite in Jacksonville since the beginning of the process. While many believe he will still ultimately be hired as head coach, nothing is certain right now.

On Tuesday night, multiple reports surfaced indicating Leftwich to the Jaguars was pending. But as the hours ticked by on Wednesday, questions began to arise. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and ESPN’s Adam Schefter claimed that the Jaguars hadn’t made an offer to a coach yet. But multiple local reports, including one from the Tampa Bay Times Rick Stroud, indicated a deal between Leftwich and the Jaguars was down to contract details.

In the midst of conflicting reports, Pewter Report went digging. It seems there is some leverage play at work here. While the Jaguars may be trying to leverage other candidates to drive down Leftwich’s asking price, more than money is at play.

According to multiple sources, Leftwich has some reservations about working with Jaguars GM Trent Baalke. Some have reported that Leftwich even wants Baalke gone so that he can bring in Cardinals executive Adrian Wilson as general manager. Pewter Report can confirm that Leftwich does want Wilson on board in Jacksonville. But the larger concern may be the current hierarchy in Jacksonville.

Reportedly, Leftwich has some qualms about answering to Baalke and wants more control and autonomy. Jacksonville has had ample opportunity and reason to fire Baalke, yet has not done so. That has limited their pool of interested candidates as a result.

Staff Concerns For Jaguars

To make matters worse, Jacksonville may also have concerns about Leftwich’s desired staff. Pro Football Network’s Aaron Wilson has reported that Leftwich wants Bucs wide receivers coach Kevin Garver and outside linebacker coach Larry Foote on his staff. Presumably, Garver would be the offensive coordinator and Foote the defensive coordinator. Pewter Report can confirm that report, especially on Foote. The Bucs would likely make an offer to keep Garver as their offensive coordinator, too.

That’s a very inexperienced staff that would be running the show in Jacksonville. A first-time head coach, and two first-time coordinators. None of the three would be older than 42 years old. So part of the hold up may be due to Jacksonville’s desire to have input on Leftwich’s staff hirings.

If Leftwich is smart, he’ll hold out for what he wants. It will be challenging to turn down a head-coaching opportunity when it comes. But Leftwich is young and has been remarkably successful in three years as an offensive coordinator. He received his first two head coach interviews ever this month, and more will come in the future. If the Jaguars don’t even think highly enough of him to give him the power to create structure in Jacksonville, Leftwich is better off waiting another year in Tampa Bay.

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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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Pete Wood
Pete Wood
4 months ago

The Jags franchise is a complete trainwreck. They are lucky anyone is interested in working there. They need to just face facts and accept that Andy Reid and Bill Belochick aren’t dying to work there. Until they improve they’re probably going to have to deal with some inexperience. To paraphrase Khan from The Wrath of Khan, they are in a position to demand nothing.

tpeluso
tpeluso
4 months ago

Nothing against Leftwich, but if Jacksonville wants an experienced staff, that should start with the head coach instead of trying to have things both ways by hiring Leftwich for the PR boost and then keeping him under the thumb of people who’ve repeatedly failed. Because their fanbase is rightly going to be skeptical with an inexperienced coaching staff after this year’s debacle and with them having Trevor Lawrence on a rookie deal only for so long.
Doug Pederson should’ve been the obvious choice for this franchise.

Emilio
Emilio
4 months ago

Yes, but WE wouldn’t be better off with him. Arians can’t be worse. And someone (an assistant) from the outside who can drag this playbook into this century would help. God forbid we scheme some guys open like 80% of the league.

German Buc
German Buc
Reply to  Emilio
4 months ago

Help me out, please. What was the record of this coaching staff this year?

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  German Buc
4 months ago

Ja! German Buc! Who could possibly do worse than a Super Bowl championship, the first divisional championship in 14 seasons, the best won-loss record in franchise history, the highest playoff seeding in franchise history, and the no. 2 ranked offense in the league, with the no. 5 ranked defense in the league?

I mean, really, how can anyone possibly do worse than that?

The idiocy of a certain contingent of commenters here at PR is mindbogglingly gobsmackingly ridiculous.

Horse
Horse
Reply to  Emilio
4 months ago

Just totally disagree with you opinion.

Horse
Horse
4 months ago

I wouldn’t touch Jacksonville with a ten foot poll; there’s plenty of proof the Owner believes his way or the highway. Don’t take it Byron; remember what happened to Kareem Morris here.

Buc76
Buc76
4 months ago

Trevor Lawrence could easily go the way of David Carr or Winston or others like that. Shad Khan is clueless. He’s throwing darts a board. He thinks because Bryron Leftwich coached Tom Brady and I use the word coach lightly, it will rub off on Jacksonville. No. These coordinators all want to rush to get head coaching jobs right away. You can go too far too fast and fail. Look at Josh McDaniels, Raheem Morris among others. This has failure written all over it.

twspin
twspin
Reply to  Buc76
4 months ago

Not if Leftwich can bring in and surround himself with competency. And there lies the problem. The Jags owner wants His own incompetent people in positions which involve player decisions. You gotta have the right chemistry to succeed. Like one commentor says here, The Jags are a trainwreck. I believe the owner looks at his team as some sort of toy or amusement. If Leftwich cannot have a voice in matters he deems concerning to winning, then I think he should just drop out of the coaching race.

surferdudes
surferdudes
4 months ago

If Brady leaves, and BL can win 8 games next year with either Gabbert, or Trask, he’ll definitely get a HC job somewhere. The trend seems to be young offensive minded HC’s, so I don’t see the problem with a young staff. Might be a plus, they can all grow together. Let’s face it, Vince Lombradi wouldn’t be able to make a winner out of J Ville next season, so why not go young? Speaking of Brady leaving, why does everyone think we’d be doomed? Look at our division. Payton is gone, now they have no coach, or QB. Carolina… Read more »

michael
michael
4 months ago

if I was BL I wouldn’t work for that dysfunctional franchise. Jacksonville is a trash heap and it’ll ruin his career going forward.
id be patient and take a job with a better franchise

cobraboy
cobraboy
4 months ago

I read Baalke is out, Wilson ion, so BL may be the new HC shortly.
Maybe the Jags were looking for a reason to dump Baalke.

Spitfire
Spitfire
4 months ago

I wouldn’t want to lose Foote and Garver. I like this Coaching Staff, I was hoping when Arians is done the Staff could stay and promote from within. I hope we come out of this better than we started. Having Arians call the plays along with someone he trusts below him and Brady could be an improvement, we just can’t lose anyone else important.

twspin
twspin
4 months ago

I’ve suspected all along the owner was not a football guy. Seems like he just has this team as part of..a Portfolio. Leftwich is smart to ask for the people he wants. He already knows the franchise is infected with losing. The owner wants most of his people in there understandably. But when you mix and match and everybody is not on the same page, you get what the Jags are now. Kinda sad cause that kid Lawrence has talent.Just hate to see it wasted. With the kind of hits, he took this past season, he will not last long… Read more »

Eddie
Eddie
Reply to  twspin
4 months ago

I think the owner is using Jag to train his son or sons to be a sport tycoon and make some money in the mean time.

plopes808
plopes808
4 months ago

Reading the tea leaves now, it looks like Byron is on his way to Jacksonville. I wish him luck, although I feel his success was much more on Brady and the offense than him. Hopefully Byron doesn’t cannibalize the staff here too much and we hold onto Bowles. Losing the OC and DC along with a lot of assistants all at once could put our team back quite a bit.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  plopes808
4 months ago

The offense was pretty good with Winston’s 5,000 plus yards, albeit the interceptions.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
4 months ago

I heard on one of the NFL Radio talk shows a few weeks ago that Trent Baalke has had something like the last 5 or 6 head coaches in a row fired during his tenures at several teams. The upshot of the conversation being that, if you’re a head coach, you DON’T want to be chained to the “Coach Killer”. Talk about “fly in the ointment”! From what has been reported so far in the meia, Byron Leftwich has registered that concern with the Jags owner, and now the Jags are looking for someone to replace Baalke if they want… Read more »

Last edited 4 months ago by Naplesfan