Buccaneers: Byron Leftwich has to be trolling the media
By Rob Leeds
Hopefully, Buccaneers OC Byron Leftwich is just messing with the media.
After the year the Buccaneers just put together, Byron Leftwich has earned plenty of respect for his play-calling. An infuriating offense to watch for the first half of the season figured it out when it mattered most, and the Bucs won the Super Bowl after scoring 31 points.
With all that being said, Leftwich is still not infallible. The future head coaching candidate had his moments of great success, but there were still plenty of first-down runs that had everyone scratching their heads.
Leftwich has to stay on top of his game if he wants to keep his prestige throughout the league, which is why we need to assume he was just trolling the media in his recent interview.
Check out the statement Tweeted out by The Pewter Report here if you haven’t seen it yet.
“We’re not doing all this motion stuff,” Leftwich said with a big smile and a laugh. One must assume this is a joke, especially when considering how well the Buccaneers did offensively once they started using more analytics-savvy play calling.
Play action and motion gave the Bucs one of the best offensive units in the NFL. Tom Brady is one of the all-time greats when throwing off play action, and motion is consistently supported as a near necessity in the modern era for identifying coverage and putting more on the quarterback before the snap.
Fortunately, Brady is one of the smartest quarterbacks in the league and able to process this information quickly, so taking out motion is not only against standard analytics, but it also runs counter to the strengths of the roster.
Leftwich is an extremely talented coach and one of the bright young minds racing his way up the head coaching candidate chain. His time to get a shot at a head job is not far off, and one can easily assume that Byron Leftwich was only having fun with the media, not changing the offensive strategy that helped put him on the map.
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