the Tampa Bay Buccaneers On Thursday, the team announced the firing of offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich after four seasons with the franchise. Five other coaches have also been fired, and three others have decided to retire.
Leftwich joined the squad alongside then-coach Bruce Arrian in 2019 after a few years training with Arizona Cardinals. Tampa Bay enjoyed a top 10 offense during the first three years of Leftwich’s tenure, though Leftwich He reportedly did not handle play call duties Until 2021.
The 2022 campaign is fading with age Tom BradyAn injured offensive line and poor play calling led to an overall decline that ultimately ended up averaging 18.4 points per game and going 8-9 in the regular season. Tampa Bay reportedly considered shooting Leftwich during the Week 11 Buccaneers, but decided to keep him. Things didn’t get any better after the bye as the team went 3-4 in their last seven games and scored 20+ points twice before barely winning the NFC South.
It’s quite the downfall of Leftwich, who have been strong candidates for training grounds in recent times like this last off-season. he She reportedly withdrew from looking at Jacksonville Jaguars A year ago, which eventually passed on to Doug Pederson, and he was also allowed to interview New Orleans SaintsThe main role that went to Dennis Allen.
Prior to taking over as offensive coordinator for the Buccaneers, Leftwich was an intern coach and quarterbacks coach for the Cardinals under the Arians from 2016-18 after a nine-year career as quarterback at the Jaguars, Buccaneers, and Pittsburgh Steelers. He was named interim offensive coordinator midway through the 2018 season under first year head coach Steve Wilkes after the Cardinals fired Mike McCoy after Week 8.
Pirates in a whirlpool
The shooting from Leftwich leaves the Buccaneers in a precarious position as it could signal the disintegration of the core of a Super Bowl winning team. The Tampa Bay Arians lost a year ago to retirement and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles was promoted to head coach. The Bucs went on to win the NFC South with four fewer wins than the previous year.
Brady’s future With the Pirates is a major question as he heads into free agency. Brady hasn’t looked like a Hall of Fame character all season, and he’ll be 46 years old by the 2023 season. While Brady looks like he will play next seasonIt may not be with the Buccaneers – either because he wants a better team or because Tampa Bay wants to move on. Despite Leftwich’s exit, Brady may have a greater desire to stay.
If Brady and Bowles stay with the Buccaneers, who will run the offense?
Most of the offensive staff is gone, so Tampa Bay will likely look elsewhere in an effort to convince Brady to stay. Another bold idea: former Saints coach Sean Payton. He and Brady were engaged during the Miami DolphinManipulate the investigation and can revive persecuted hackers. Tampa Bay will need to release the Bowles to tour Payton, as well as send compensation to the Saints and Compete with a large number of other teams Demanding to hire the Super Bowl winning coach.
It’s going to be an interesting season for the Pirates.