Can Byron Leftwich’s NFL story come up all this time?
The Buccaneers striker is expected to speak to the Jaguars as head coach soon, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. Jacksonville selected Leftwich as No. 7 in the 2003 NFL Draft, and has played for the Jaguars since 2003-06. After starting his coaching career with the staff of the Bruce Arians’ Cardinals in 2016, Leftwich joined him in Tampa in 2019, and was highly regarded by Arians and Bucs player Tom Brady over the past two years.
“Byron has been amazing for me to work with, and I know he will have a lot more [head-coaching] lucky, “Brady said last month.” He’ll do a good job. “
“Byron (Leftwich) has been amazing for me to work with …” Tom Brady spoke of OC Byron Leftwich, who will be interviewing for Jags HC. Brady is confident that Leftwich will have his chance to become an HC in the future. pic.twitter.com/X0b7KSmizT
– Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) December 30, 2021
But Leftwich is not the only offensive coordinator on the Jaguars’ radar.
The permit should also ask Packers manager Nathaniel Hackett for the first week of the NFL game. (Green Bay has already won the No. 1 seed in the NFC, so it will have its first trip.) Like Leftwich, Hackett has a long-standing relationship with the Jaguars, serving as the team’s quarterbacks coach (2015-16) and a frustrating assistant ( 2016-18) before joining Matt LaFleur’s staff.
“When [the Jaguars] I arrived early, I was in debt to this organization, all these players, we wanted to be able to block the number 1 seed, ” Hackett said Thursday. “This was very important to do. And it is a great privilege to be thought of as something like this. Then we will [the interview] during the farewell because we wrapped that number 1 seed.
“We are very excited about this opportunity. I mean, it is a dream for every football coach to have the opportunity to be a great coach.”
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Jacksonville fired Urban Meyer on December 16 after a 13-game losing streak that proved unsatisfactory and a lot of outdoor drama. Darrell Bevell took over as long-serving head coach after Meyer was fired, and he has shown interest by being a regular head teacher.
Unfortunately for Bevell, the interest of the Jaguars in a number of foreign candidates could mean that his time at the club will be short. In addition to Hackett and Leftwich, Jacksonville is expected to consider Todd Bowles, Jim Caldwell, Matt Eberflus, Kellen Moore, Doug Pederson and Dan Quinn as Meyer’s successors.