TAMPA — Byron Leftwich is back with the Bucs, but this time he will be calling offensive plays instead of trying to make them work as a quarterback.
Leftwich, 39, the new Bucs offensive coordinator, was among 18 assistant coaches announced by the team Wednesday.
Bucs head coach Bruce Arians has said that Leftwich will call plays this season. He became the play-caller for the Cardinals during the 2018 season after offensive coordinator Mike McCoy was fired.
"I've been training guys for this job, and I always said I would never give it up and look over anybody's shoulder until I found one I knew could do it," Arians said of Leftwich. "Byron, I think, is a 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."
Leftwich, a first-round pick by Jacksonville, played 10 seasons in the NFL. He went 0-3 as a starter for the Bucs in 2009, the first year under Raheem Morris.
The Bucs previously announced the hiring of defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong and assistant head coach/run game coordinator Harold Goodwin.
Nearly all the Bucs coaches had played or coached with Arians before, many of them during his five seasons with the Arizona Cardinals.
"When this opportunity came…I just like to say the stars aligned," Arians said. "Because we have those three things and then the staff that I wanted and always wanted, is available. It's going to be a staff of fantastic teachers."
Among the new hires: former Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers, who will coach the Bucs defensive line.
Quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen began his NFL coaching career with the Bucs as part of Tony Dungy's original staff in Tampa Bay from 1996-2001. Christensen then spent 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts where he coached receivers and was the assistant head coach from 2008-09. For the next two seasons he was the team's offensive coordinator, where he worked with quarterback Peyton Manning and later served as quarterbacks coach to Andrew Luck.
The assistant coaches announced Wednesday include: Tim Atkins, defensive quality control coach; Chris Boniol, specialists coach; Mike Caldwell, inside linebackers coach; Mike Chiurco, assistant to the head coach; Christensen, quarterbacks coach; Rick Christophel, tight ends coach; Larry Foote, outside linebackers; Kevin Garver, wide receivers; Joe Gilbert, offensive line coach; Cody Grimm, defensive/special teams assistant; Amos Jones, assistant special teams coach; Leftwich, offensive coordinator; Todd McNair, running backs coach; Antwaan Randle El, offensive assistant; Nick Rapone, safeties coach; Kacy Rodgers, defensive line coach; Kevin Ross, cornerbacks coach; John Van Dam, offensive quality control coach.