Marshall made waves on Monday when they fired head coach Doc Holliday after the Thundering Herd went 7-3 this past season.

Now they are making waves again trying to woo Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich to fill that void according to a report from FOX Sports.

On Wednesday while speaking to the media on his weekly Zoom pass conference Leftwich addressed the rumor.

“I’m worried about this game, I don’t even know how to answer that question,” Leftwich said with a grin. “I just heard about that myself too though, so I’ll just say that. It’s that time of the year where all these things tend to happen and we’re worried about this game on Saturday night.”

Leftwich starred at Marshall as a quarterback and turned his time in West Virginia into being a first-round draft pick in 2003 after completing 939 of 1,442 passes for 11,903 yards, 89 touchdowns and 28 interceptions. He amassed 12,090 yards of total offense during his college career and was a two time MAC offensive player of the year and MAC most valuable player.

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inspecto
21 days ago

Very good congrats, good luck and good bye

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Buc76
21 days ago

This offense is improving in spite of him. Maybe this will get Arians to call the plays. That’s what he was supposed to be doing all along. I don’t think the Glazers were thrilled about Byron Leftwich calling plays to begin with.

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drdneast
Reply to  Buc76
21 days ago

From all available reports at the time, I can assure you the Glazers were well aware BA wasn’t going to be calling plays.

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eaustinyoung
21 days ago

No NFL teams interested. Not shocked.

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drdneast
Reply to  eaustinyoung
21 days ago

LOL. I concur. I doubt if he takes if if offered. Too much work.

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Virtual_Camel
21 days ago

I’ve been a Byron critic most of the season, but it’s hard to argue with how the offense is performing right now. At this very moment I don’t want to see him go. Wish him luck whatever he does.

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KyBucfan51
21 days ago

Good hope they get him.

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drdneast
Reply to  KyBucfan51
21 days ago

LOL. Same here. See my comment above.

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Buc76
21 days ago

Better yet let Brady call his own plays. He’s probably doing that more and more now which is why we are doing better on offense

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eaustinyoung
Reply to  Buc76
21 days ago

Wonder if Brady retired in 2022 and Arians does as well if Brady would be interested in coaching. He’s already basically a coach who plays. I bet he could do it.

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thewbacca
Reply to  eaustinyoung
21 days ago

You never know with Brady. I would have to say life, success, family, and money are too solid to be tempted to face the NFL coaching grind.

That being said, Brady is just wired different and may need to be in a ultra competitive environment.

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Eddie
Reply to  eaustinyoung
21 days ago

He already has his TB12 related business set up. He may contemplating be a part owner of a NFL team but can;t see him coaching. I also see him play beyond next year is somehow McDaniel and Edelman is involved

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Spitfire
Reply to  Buc76
21 days ago

You can see the coach in Brady the way he coaches and motivates guys on the field, just hard to see him wanting to stand on the sidelines. Not to say it isn’t in his plans but guys like him could make more money signing a network deal and probably just wanna coach his sons football teams or somethin. You never know, he is one of a kind man. I’m more excited to see what we do next year if he hopefully stays. An off-season to solidify some spots and a preseason and a year in this offense under his… Read more »

Eddie
Reply to  Spitfire
21 days ago

Very good point made. Brady would make a heck of TV analyst. Along the Romo mode at $17M per year. But still a lot of travel, time away from family etc.,

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ScottC543
21 days ago

He’s improved a bit as a play caller as this season has gone along, but we could definitely do better. With the tools this offense has a good play-caller could really light this league up.

All the best to him and Marshall.

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Last edited 21 days ago by ScottC543
nybuccguy
21 days ago

Hes an NFL coordinator for a playoff team. Taking a HC job at such a minor program would be a career downgrade. Even though it’s his alma mater I’d be shocked if he took the job.

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TCB2W!
Reply to  nybuccguy
21 days ago

I agree. If it was at a large program I would say yes. Coaching Marshall would be less than a million a year.

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eaustinyoung
Reply to  nybuccguy
21 days ago

Yeah more upside to trying to hone his coaching skills and get a HC gig in the future.

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Billsid
21 days ago

Wonder if Chan Gailey would take the job next season and let Byron go on to pursue his dreams at Marshall, just saying!!

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Spitfire
21 days ago

Leftwich seems like a great guy and I think he will be a great play caller and coach after he gets more years under his belt. Our Offense was way too boring and stagnant to start games until these last few, as much as you hate to mess up a good thing goin, I don’t think we would be damaged by promoting our position coaches to coordinator spots. If Bowles and Leftwich stay then great, hopefully they will grow with our players, if they leave then it’s next man up.

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Spitfire
21 days ago

I think it’s the same thing with Bowles, I think this crew will stay together until Arians leaves. I think these guys are on a mission for a ring and this year and next are the best chances they may ever have. I think as a coach you always take the interviews because if you aspire to be a Head Coach some day then the interviews are educational and valuable to your process. They need to find out what teams are asking and interested in so that when they are ready to find a spot they know how to prepare.… Read more »

Eddie
21 days ago

Wonder what is the source of that rumor?

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scubog
21 days ago

To hear some of you criticize the offensive line and offensive coordinator, I’d get the impression our team was in the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes and not one of the top offenses in the league headed to the playoffs.

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fredster
Reply to  scubog
21 days ago

Well what do you expect? Yes fans are still skeptical.Yes but it’s been a top offense against bad defenses! We beat Bad losing teams. Other than Greenbay which was long time ago they haven’t proved they can beat a winning team. When we lost games this year the biggest reason was play calling/o line. When Brady has time they won. When they don’t and O line can’t hold up they lose. Now it very debatable if it’s more the O line or play calling and throwing deep too much when no time to throw but it’s those two things causing… Read more »

76bucsfan46
21 days ago

I think Byron should take the job if offered, Marshall would be a nice little place to hone his coaching and management skills. It’s a great steppingstone and Marshall will definitely get more tv coverage with a great story like this.

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owlykat
19 days ago

Hope he takes the job. Let Brady be his own OC!

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