TAMPA ― There’s a reason Bruce Arians said Monday that there’s a good chance he will call plays for the Bucs next season.
Offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich will have a second interview with the Jaguars for their head-coaching job Tuesday, this time in person.
Leftwich, 42, has plenty of ties to the Jacksonville organization. He was drafted seventh overall by the Jaguars in 2003 and started at quarterback there for four seasons.
Since joining the Bucs as offensive coordinator under Arians in 2019, Leftwich has called plays for one of the highest-scoring offenses in the NFL. The Bucs ranked second behind the Cowboys in 2021, averaging 29.9 points per game.
While Leftwich only had Jameis Winston for the 2019 season, he led the NFL in passing yards (5,109) despite throwing 30 interceptions.
In the last two years, Leftwich has been responsible for adapting the Bucs’ offense to Tom Brady. This season, Brady led the NFL with 5,316 yards passing with 43 touchdowns.
In Jacksonville, Leftwich would provide a great mentor for franchise quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Leftwich has rare credentials. He has seen the NFL game from the quarterback position.
Because the Bucs are no longer in the playoffs, the Jaguars could hire Leftwich at any time. But the fact that he is receiving a second interview, this time in Jacksonville, is a good sign.
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