Buccaneers Make Decision on Byron Leftwich’s Future
The move comes in the wake of Tampa Bay’s 8–9 regular-season record and the team’s wild-card loss to the Cowboys. The team also fired specialists coach Chris Boniol, wide receivers Coach Kevin Garver, offensive quality control coach Jeff Kastl, assistant defensive line coach Lori Locust and running backs coach Todd McNair.
Quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen, senior offensive assistant Rick Christophel and outside linebackers coach Bob Sanders are retiring, per the release.
Leftwich, 43, had served in the role since the 2019 season. He won Super Bowl LV with the Buccaneers in ’20, quarterback Tom Brady’s first season with the team.
In Leftwich’s first three years (2019 to ’21) with the team, Tampa Bay ranked third, third and second in scoring offense and third, seventh and second in total offense. This season, the Buccaneers declined to 25th in scoring offense and 15th in total offense.
Against Dallas on Monday night, Tampa Bay trailed 18–0 at the half before mustering two touchdowns late. Brady ended the game with 351 yards on 35-of-66 passing and an interception.
Before his coaching career, Leftwich spent parts of nine seasons as a quarterback for the Jaguars, Falcons, Steelers, and Tampa Bay from 2003 to ’12.
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