Byron Leftwich doesn’t want questions all year about being a head coach

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The regular season doesn’t begin for roughly five months, but Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich already can see the questions coming. And coming. And coming.

“I’m telling you guys now, I’m not going to be answering that question all year, right?” Leftwich told reporters at Sunday night’s event for the Bruce Arians Foundation. “I am happy to be here with my group of guys that I work with.”

He’s happy enough with his current job that he’s not thinking about his next job.

“I am not trying to leave this group who I have,” Leftwich said. I enjoy working with this group of men. It’s an excellent group of men to come to work [with] every day. The way they come to work, as a coach, you beg and wish that you can coach guys like this. So I’m in no rush to leave this group of men.”

That’s fine, Leftwich has earned consideration for a head-coaching job. In the latest cycle, he didn’t even get an interview.

The best-case scenario for the Bucs could be that Leftwich stays until Arians decides to retire, allowing for a seamless transition.

8 responses to “Byron Leftwich doesn’t want questions all year about being a head coach

  1. Pretty sure Ariens/Leftwich/Bowles are all on easy street as coaches for the upcoming season. Worry about next year when it matters.

  2. I do believe that Byron Leftwich will the hand picked successor to Bruce Ariens.

  3. Why would he leave with Brady at the helm. Tampa could make another Super Bowl run or two. My guess is when Tom retires, everyone will go their separate ways.

    We’re watching history folks. Leftwich knows that.

  4. I would rather transition to Todd Bowles. Not sold on Leftwich as HC material. Brady makes all of his coaches look like head coach material.

  5. The best-case scenario for the Bucs could be that Leftwich stays until Arians decides to retire, allowing for a seamless transition.
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    It might be best case scenario for the Bucs but it’s not a good scenario for Leftwich. For speculation sake say Arians retires in 2 seasons, what exactly is the organization going to look like that’s worth wanting to be their head coach? If their playing well they will be picking at the back of the draft each year, Brady/Gronk at best you maybe get 1 season out of(but not likely at that point), Mike Evans will be going into his age 30 season. Theres really not a whole lot offensively when your talking that far out.

  6. Arians will only coach one or two more years. What Tampa should do is make Leftwich and Bowls Co Head coaches once Arians retires for good. Let Leftwich continue to handle the offense and Bowles continue to handle the defense. Then once Bowles (57) decides to retire let Leftwich take over as full time head coach.

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