Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich had been rumored to be in line for the Jacksonville Jaguars head coaching job but the former quarterback doesn’t really want to like about it.
Leftwich was the Jaguars’ quarterback from 2003 to 2006, leading the team to the playoffs once during his time with the team. As Jacksonville looks to fill its position left vacated by the firing of Urban Meyer, Leftwich didn’t want to talk about that as the team prepares for the New York Jets in Week 17.
Quarterback Byron Leftwich #7 of the Jacksonville Jaguars sets for play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on August 18, 2007 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
“I really think it’s disrespectful to the Jets and whoever you’re playing that week when you’re talking about things that really has nothing to do with Sunday’s game. I’m completely focused on this football game on Sunday,” he said.
“Obviously, as a coach anytime your name is thrown around, I guess it is what it is, but it really means nothing at this point. It really means nothing at this point and I kind of think it’s disrespectful to the guys that you really work with every day. That’s really how I view that. If I’m ever fortunate enough to be in that situation that’s when I’ll handle it, but as of right now, I’m really focusing on the opponent we’re about to play and getting us ready to try and play our best football.”
Offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks on prior to the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 05, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
When asked about the particulars of the interviewing process, Leftwich said he didn’t “even think about it.”
Leftwich may not be thinking about it but his players are giving him glowing reviews.
Tom Brady said Leftwich deserves a head coaching job.
“I’ve been around a lot of great coaches over the years and it’s just a matter of time for different guys when different opportunities come up. Byron has been amazing for me to work with, and I know he will have a lot of opportunities. He will do a great job,” Brady said.
Tom Brady #12 talks with offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich of the Buccaneers during an NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Los Angeles Rams on September 26, 2021, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA. (Icon Sportswire)
The NFC South champs look to end the season on a high note over the next two weeks.