Time to start looking?
Marshall is an attractive landing spot for Byron Leftwich. A head coaching job at a former college is a place that many coaches would be happy to land, so the Bucs should consider this as a real possibility. Nothing will happen until after the playoffs, but remaining proactive here is critical.
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There are plenty of replacement options at offensive coordinator. If Leftwich does move on, the Bucs will want to find someone who is young and analytics-driven in their play-calling. This was one of the more frustrating parts of Leftwich’s game, and finding someone who calls plays as he does now from the start is vital.
Tampa Bay could try to poach a coordinator from another team or from college, but the analytics is one area where they can’t afford to compromise.
The most significant loss would be Leftwich as a potential future head coach. Youth is a popular quality in a head coach in the modern NFL, and while he does still have some growing to do, Leftwich may grow into a great fit for this role in the next few years.
The Bucs still have Todd Bowles on their staff who could take over the head job down the road, but the organization would still feel Leftwich’s loss. This will be an interesting story to follow over the coming weeks, but nothing should happen until after the postseason ends.
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