Jaguars request permission to interview Byron Leftwich, Todd Bowles

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Back in 2003, the Jaguars selected quarterback Byron Leftwich at No. 7 overall. He played four seasons for Jacksonville before he lost a quarterback competition to David Gerrard in 2007.

Now Leftwich could be the Jaguars’ next head coach.

According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the Jaguars have requested permission to interview Leftwich, the Buccaneers’ offensive coordinator, for their coaching vacancy. Multiple reports indicate that the Jaguars have also requested permission to interview Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Todd Bowles.

One of two teams with current coaching vacancies, Jacksonville is taking advantage of the NFL’s new rule that teams may request and conduct virtual interviews with candidates over the last two weeks of the regular season.

Leftwich played nine seasons, throwing for 10,532 yards with 58 touchdowns and 42 interceptions. He’s spent four years as an offensive coordinator, the last three with Tampa Bay where he has called plays.

Bowles was the Jets head coach from 2015-2018, compiling a 24-40 record. He was the Cardinals’ defensive coordinator under Bruce Arians from 2013-2014 and has been in the same role with the Buccaneers since 2019.

Jacksonville fired head coach Urban Meyer after just 13 games on Dec. 16.

8 responses to “Jaguars request permission to interview Byron Leftwich, Todd Bowles

  1. I’d like to see what Leftwich could do without the GOAT and I’m not being sarcastic. He’ll get his chance somewhere soon but that train wreck in Jacksonville might be too much for a freshman head coach.

  2. Neither guy. Please, no on-the-job training type guys and just no to a Jet’s failure. Hire Doug Pederson for 2-3 years to right the ship, then think about Leftwich.

  3. If you omit the last two years with Brady, Leftwich wasn’t a bad playcaller. It’s become clear with the Saints now that you can’t overcome Jamies Winstons erratic play. If there’s a more fitting place than the Jags for him to get his first shot, I’d like to see it.

  4. Oh the irony that would be. They basically told Leftwich he sucked on the way out as a player. Now he MIGHT become their Head Coach. Not sure that has ever happened?

  5. The Jaguars could do worse with either of these coaches. In fact, they did do worse by hiring Meyer.

  6. As long as Baalke is there and is panache to stab his head coach in the back when they steal the spotlight and they don’t do exactly what he dictates, no decent coach will touch this fully inflame dumpster fire of a franchise with its very clueless owner when it comes to football.

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