Bears throw hat in the ring to make Buccaneers life harder

Byron Leftwich, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Byron Leftwich, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

The success for the Buccaneers, both in the 2020 and during their 2021 season so far, has often been attributed to the arrival of Tom Brady and Bruce Arians. However, there is an excellent case to be made that the success of the team is even more a result of Byron Leftwich and Todd Bowles; the team’s offensive and defensive coordinators respectively.

So, it’s no shock to anyone to hear that the Chicago Bears are considering both as options to fill their head coaching vacancy. It was only a matter of time until two coaches who have performed as successfully as Leftwich and Bowles started receiving offers from other teams for the head coaching position.

Between the two, Todd Bowles is certainly higher on most teams’ lists. The Buccaneers defense has been great for multiple years now, despite rampant issues with injuries. Few other coaches have been as consistently effective at stopping opposing team’s rushers while simultaneously placing pressure on QBs. It was in fact the defense, not Tom Brady, that carried the Bucs through the playoffs last year.

Bowles doesn’t have a fantastic record as a head coach after his tenure with the Jets, but it would be hard for teams to not give him another chance after his stint with the Bucs.

On the other side, Bryon Leftwich has led the Buccaneer offense since 2019 and has shown an excellent ability to produce results with various different QBs and skill players. Obviously, with a QB like Tom Brady, things are going to look easy offensively, but Leftwich has kept the bar high, and the offense has looked consistently sharp all year. Even with the team’s plethora of injuries, the offense has been possibly the best in the league, which speaks a lot about Leftwich.

Teams with young quarterbacks that want a young, offensive head coach should have Leftwich very high up on their lists as well.

Losing either of these coaches would be a serious loss for the Buccaneers, but it’s also good to see both coaches getting much-deserved recognition from the league.

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