Urban Meyer’s firing puts the Bucs in prime position to lose their star offensive coordinator

Byron Leftwich was drafted by the Jaguars and is beloved in north Florida.

click to enlarge Byron Leftwich after Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Florida. - KYLE ZEDAKER/TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
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Byron Leftwich after Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Florida.
By now you’ve heard about the Jacksonville Jaguars moving on from head coach and first-class class citizen Urban Meyer following the former college coach’s tumultuous first season.

The trouble began with Meyer’s hiring of former Iowa strength coach Chris Doyle despite past accusations of bullying and racist remarks during his time with the Hawkeyes. Doyle quickly resigned a cool 48 hours after the hiring was announced.

Meyer then had to face the ups and downs of the NFL preseason and reports that Meyer was increasingly displeased with his team losing meaningless preseason games.

Then came the Cincinnati Incident. After the Jags’ 24-21 road loss to the Bengals, a video showing Meyer at a bar seemingly having a pretty good time with a woman who was certainly not his wife went viral.

But all of that was fine for the Jags.

The final straw seemed to be a report from Rick Stroud accused Meyer of kicking Jags kicker Josh Lambo during warmups and telling him to “make his (expletive) kicks.”

All of that to say, the Jaguars have a head coaching vacancy that could be filled by two Bucs coaches—defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. Both are very well-suited and qualified for the Jacksonville job, and whoever doesn’t get hired by the Jags could very well be hired by another team, but in the case of the Jags job, Leftwich is too perfect of a fit.
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The former quarterback was drafted by and played for the Jaguars from 2003-2008, and while his career wasn’t one marked by great success, he also was bitten by the injury bug and is remembered fondly in Jacksonville.

Leftwich certainly has an excellent resume, with the Bucs ranking near the top in many offensive categories during his tenure in Tampa Bay, and of course that Super Bowl ring. Combine that with his experience in the NFL as a QB, specifically one that played for the Jags and now works with Tom Brady, and Leftwich seems like the perfect candidate to try to jumpstart a rough start to the career of first overall pick and Jacksonville franchise QB Trevor Lawrence.

Of course, the entire Bucs organization and its fan base would be incredibly disappointed to see Leftwich depart, especially due to head coach Bruce Arians’ age and the potential of Leftwich replacing him once he retires, but no one will be happier to see him get a well-deserved promotion.
In any case, the Bucs will likely be looking for at least one new coordinator next season, and this Jacksonville opening might steal a good one away

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