Buccaneers could lose a key piece after Urban Meyer news

Byron Leftwich, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
Byron Leftwich, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) /

The Jaguars and Urban Meyer are heading their separate ways, and the Buccaneers could lose Byron Leftwich to his former team.

The Jaguars have finally made the decision that everyone watching the NFL expected them to make weeks ago; firing Urban Meyer. Meyer may take the mantle as one of the worst coaches in NFL history during his short tenure. Fortunately, the Buccaneers can’t relate.

Meyer was the worst combination of mistakes on and off the field. From how he handled his players to how he made headlines on a weekly basis for a variety of terrible reasons, Meyer was never long for the job.

With the Jaguars now searching for a new head coach, there is a legitimate chance that Jacksonville gives a long look to Tampa’s offensive coordinator.

Byron Leftwich is already one of the favorites to take over the head job from Bruce Arians when he retires, but that doesn’t mean he is certain to remain. There are plenty of teams throughout the league that would like a young, offensive-oriented coach to bring in for their young quarterback, and the Jaguars should be at the top of this list if they genuinely care about making the most of Trevor Lawrence.

Leftwich already has the resume with one of the best offenses in the NFL using both Tom Brady and Jameis Winston, the history in Jacksonville as a player, and the ability to tailor his scheme to fit a player like Lawrence.

Coaches like Bruce Arians build their entire staff around the notion that they should grow in their careers first, but losing a coach like Leftwich would still hurt the Bucs. While some fans take issues with some aspects of the Buccaneer offense, Leftwich is still doing far more good than bad.

This is just the way things go in the NFL, but it would still hurt to lose Leftwich when the team is so cemented in its identity. Regardless, Leftwich deserves the chance to be a head coach, and Bucs fans should be happy for him in any decision he makes.

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