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‘Co-MVPs’: Social media users give props to Bucs’ coordinators

Offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles were as integral to Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl win as MVP Tom Brady. Just ask Twitter.
Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, left, talks with quarterback Tom Brady (12) before Super Bowl 55 Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.
Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, left, talks with quarterback Tom Brady (12) before Super Bowl 55 Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. [ CHRIS O'MEARA | AP ]
Published Feb. 8
Updated Feb. 8

Most of the postgame attention might have focused around MVP Tom Brady, tight end Rob Gronkowski and head coach Bruce Arians.

But Twitter made it clear Sunday night that offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles deserved just as many accolades for their work in the Bucs’ victory over the Chiefs in Super Bowl 55.

Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, picture earlier this season watching a team practice.
Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, picture earlier this season watching a team practice. [ EDUARDO A. ENCINA | Tampa Bay Times ]

Bowles’ defense limited Kansas City to just three field goals, while Leftwich’s offense put up 31 points.

Bowles and Leftwich, part of the first Super Bowl-winning team with three Black coordinators, were passed over for seven head coaching positions that opened this offseason, much to Arians’ chagrin.

But they got their due from social media users:

Contact Mari Faiello at mfaiello@tampabay.com. Follow @faiello_mari.

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