Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich entered the year with zero head-coaching interviews to his name. Now, a few weeks later, he might be lining up for his third. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the New Orleans Saints have requested to interview Leftwich for their vacant head coach spot. 15-year shot caller Sean Payton announced his retirement two days ago.

The Saints already have two top candidates for their head coaching job. Longtime defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, who filled in as an interim head coach this year, is probably the favorite. But former defensive backs coach Aaron Glenn, now the Lions defensive coordinator, is another top candidate.

The announcement of Leftwich as a possible candidate comes at an interesting time. According to a report from AZCardinals.com writer Mike Jurecki, the Jaguars are closing in on signing Leftwich as head coach and Cardinals’ executive Adrian Wilson as general manager. Leftwich reportedly has serious reservations about working with current Jaguars GM Trent Baalke.

But the Jaguars haven’t finalized a deal with Leftwich just yet. That means that the Saints are free to bring him in for an interview, although Leftwich isn’t considered a favorite there.

New Orleans’ request has even more humorous layers. The last time Leftwich coached against the Saints, his offense was shut out, losing 9-0! Granted, Leftwich lost wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin to injuries early on. Later in the game, running back Leonard Fournette was injured as well. Antonio Brown did not play. During the two teams’ first meeting in Week 8, Leftwich’s offense asserted itself much better. Tom Brady and co. rolled up 421 yards and 27 points with Evans and Godwin in the lineup.

Could this news help Leftwich leverage the Jaguars to his demands?

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Pete Wood
Pete Wood
4 months ago

He’ll get to work with Winston again!

surferdudes
surferdudes
4 months ago

What about their own OC? My guess is they stick with Allen. N.O. would’ve really sucked this year without his defense.

drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  surferdudes
4 months ago

I concur.

drdneast
drdneast
4 months ago

Here’s my owners or GM question for Lefto. With three Pro Bowl receivers, a pro bowl TE, a pro bowl RB and three pro bowl offensive lineman, how come you could only score 30 points a game?

Dude
Dude
Reply to  drdneast
4 months ago

That’s because the Pro Bowl is where fans vote as many times as they want and is more of a popular vote than it is based on talent. Sure, if guys didn’t have talent they wouldn’t catch fans attention. However, ‘All-Pro’ is what really rates players as being very good, or a higher caliber player, and is voted for by people with credentials with limited votes to give.

bucballer
bucballer
Reply to  Dude
4 months ago

ProBowl is voted on: 1/3 fans, 1/3 players, 1/3 coaches. I don’t think players and coaches would vote for a player that had no talent or they didn’t think actually deserved it.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  drdneast
4 months ago

“Only”? I remember the days when we would need at least four games to total 30 combined points and six seasons to win the 13 games won this year. Yet, your constant disdain continues.

fredster
fredster
4 months ago

Saints just going through motions per league/minority rules. Seriously doubt they don’t already know who is getting the job.

twspin
twspin
4 months ago

One things for Deeyham skippy, The Saints job is a few cuts above the Jags job. And the organization seems to be a hell of a lot better.

bucballer
bucballer
Reply to  twspin
4 months ago

For sure twspin. Jacksonville does have the better QB though. At least, potential wise or upside as they say.

SenileSenior
SenileSenior
4 months ago

There have been reports published today that Trent Baalke is out and Adrian Wilson is in as GM for the Jaguars. Looks like we will lose Byron. However, he may want to check out the New Orleans situation first. Standby, y’all!
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bucballer
bucballer
Reply to  SenileSenior
4 months ago

I’ll take New Orleans OC as a replacement! He’s been a Buc slayer with play calling! Remember the bomb from Jameis in his first play against the Bucs?

Horse
Horse
Reply to  bucballer
4 months ago

Payton called all the plays.

plopes808
plopes808
4 months ago

Saints just checking the box here with a minority interview. I can’t see any possible reason they would be interested in a coordinator that’s been unable to scheme anything against them in 6 straight tries.

plopes808
plopes808
Reply to  plopes808
4 months ago

Let me rephrase…6 straight regular season tries

Horse
Horse
4 months ago

I would think long and hard before going to that area as to employment and it’s social standards.