Bruce Arians thinks Byron Leftwich is a future head coach

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Of all the quarterbacks in the 2003 NFL Draft, Carson Palmer has lasted the longest as a player.

But the guy picked six spots after him, who is now his coach, might have a much longer run on the sidelines.

After the Bengals took Palmer first overall, Byron Leftwich was chosen seventh by the Jaguars. Near the end of his 10-year career as a player he was a Steelers backup, where Arians was his offensive coordinator.

Fast forward to Arizona, and Arians kept pestering Leftwich to join him, because he believes Leftwich has what it takes to lead a team.

He’ll be a head coach early and fast,” Arians said, via Darren Urban of the team’s official website.

Leftwich said he needed to step away from football after retiring following the 2012 season. But Arians kept asking him to come work as an intern, and Leftwich finally relented last year. It didn’t take long for him to become the Cardinals’ quarterbacks coach, where he now works with Palmer on a daily basis.

“I played the game as if I was a coach,” Leftwich said. “I never really had the physical ability to run around. I could throw the ball, but I had to think my way through the whole time. I think [Arians] understood that and appreciated my knowledge, how much work I put into the game.”

Now, the 37-year-old Leftwich is working with a true peer, and working his way up the coaching ladder.

16 responses to “Bruce Arians thinks Byron Leftwich is a future head coach

  1. I liked this kid as a Jag. Though his physical limitations were clear, he still was able to do some nice things on the field.

    It’s a damn shame that I’m reading stories about a 1st round quarterback from over ten years ago on the Jag roster now thriving as a coach … and we still haven’t found a quarterback.

    Excuse me while I drink bleach.

  2. The guy had great character and always seemed to speak intelligently about the game. I always liked him. Hopefully we get to see him move up the ranks somewhere, would like to see how he does.

  3. dickshotdogs says:
    Jun 19, 2017 5:43 PM

    I’m not buying it.
    One of the more cerebral QBs to come out in the last 20 years, was easily the best field general Marshall ever had (He’s neck and neck with Pennington) and was constantly described as a true leader as a Pro. But you don’t buy it so yeah it’s probably not true.

  4. I still don’t buy it. I’m not disagreeing with your assessment that he’s a cerebral guy. I’m simply thinking of the long list of great coaches in the league, as well as those that have come and gone. There are 32 of these jobs. I still find it to be one helluva long shot. Nothing personal, my friend.

  5. …and if Fat Brucey says you’re good, he’s setting you up to be thrown under the bus later on…

  6. Omg, Leftwich sucked out LOUD with the Jags. Horrible throwing motion, bad footwork, forcing throws, taking sacks, muffing handoffs, but COACH? No freaking way.

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