After meeting the Jacksonville Jaguars for the second time, reports are mixed regarding Byron Leftwich in the ongoing coaching search to replace Urban Meyer.
“Jaguars continue to talk with Bucs OC Byron Leftwich and Colts DC Matt Eberflus, among others, but are not close to an agreement with anyone at this time, according to the sources ” writes Adam Shefter. “The Jags still haven’t decided which direction they’re going. The organization is still following the process and understanding.
Meanwhile, other reports indicate talks are already in the contract negotiation phase between Leftwich and Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan.
“Jaguars, Byron Leftwich Discuss Contract Issues, Source Says,” Washington Post NFL Reporter Says Marc Maske. “The trend last night was for Leftwich to get the job, and that remains the case. But nothing finalized yet.
If hired, the Tampa Buccaneers should add the replacement for Leftwich to the growing list of tasks that will be faced this offseason.
“Hearing that there are still items to be settled contractually, but Byron Leftwich and Jacksonville are trying to finalize an agreement to make him the next head coach of the Jaguars,” Stroud wrote via Twitter.
Before wearing a helmet on the sidelines, Leftwich saw his playing career start with the Jaguars who drafted him seventh overall in 2003.
“Since joining the Bucs as offensive coordinator under Arians in 2019, Leftwich has called plays for one of the NFL’s most scoring offenses,” Stroud wrote. “The Bucs ranked second to the Cowboys in 2021, averaging 29.9 points per game.”
Having both Brady and Winston under center during Leftwich’s tenure, Tampa Bay has burned teams through the air on multiple occasions.
“While Leftwich only had James Winston for the 2019 season, he led the NFL in passing yards (5,109) despite 30 interceptions. says Stroud. “For the past two years, Leftwich has been tasked with adapting the Bucs’ offense to Tom Brady. This season, Brady led the NFL with 5,316 passing yards and 43 touchdowns. »
In Jacksonville, it was hoped that the former head coach Urban Meyer could help rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence started their career in style but after only 13 games, the duo saw their end as Meyer was fired; Lawrence finished his rookie year with 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions as the Jaguars struggled in every aspect. Under Meyer, they went 2-11 before finishing with a 3-14 record.
Reports that Leftwich was an attractive candidate in the search for the Jaguars began to spread towards the end of December, but as a battle between the Buccaneers and New York Jets loomed, Leftwich kept his attention on the task at hand.
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Tampa Bay won the NFC South and was still in contention for first place in the conference and a playoff bye. With that in mind, Leftwich had no desire to enter into reports that he is a candidate to be the Jaguars’ next head coach. Leftwich even said talking about the Jaguars coaching vacancy would be “disrespectful” to the Jets.
Austin Nivison contributed to this report.