Could Byron Leftwich’s history in the NFL complete the circle this offseason?
The Buccaneers offensive coordinator is expected to interview for the Jaguars head coach position in the near future. according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. Jacksonville selected Leftwich with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, and he played for the Jaguars from 2003 to 2006. After beginning his coaching career with Bruce Arians’ Cardinals staff in 2016, Leftwich joined him in Tampa in 2019, and has earned a lot of praise from both Arians and Bucs quarterback Tom Brady over the past two seasons.
“It has been amazing for me to work with Byron, and I know he will have many [head-coaching] opportunities, “Brady said last month.” He will do a great job. “
“Byron (Leftwich) has been amazing for me to work with …” Tom Brady said of OC Byron Leftwich, who will be interviewed for the Jags HC job. Brady believes Leftwich will have the opportunity to be HC in the future. pic.twitter.com/X0b7KSmizT
– Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) December 30, 2021
But Leftwich isn’t the only offensive coordinator on the Jaguars’ radar.
The franchise will also interview Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett during the first week of the NFL playoffs. (Green Bay has already secured the No. 1 seed in the NFC, so it will have a first-round break.) Like Leftwich, Hackett has a prior relationship with the Jaguars organization, having served as the team’s quarterback coach (2015-16) and offensive coordinator (2016-18) before joining Matt LaFleur’s staff.
“When [the Jaguars] I contacted early, I owed it to this organization, to all these players, we wanted to be able to close that number one position. ” Hackett said Thursday. “That was very important to do. And it is absolutely an honor to be considered for something like this. So let’s do [the interview] during goodbye because we wrapped that No. 1 seed.
“We are very excited about the opportunity. I mean, it is a dream for any soccer coach to have the opportunity to potentially become a head coach.”
Jacksonville fired Urban Meyer on Dec. 16 after a tumultuous 13-game streak that featured poor game play and a great deal of drama off the field. Darrell Bevell took over as interim head coach after Meyer’s firing, and has expressed interest in becoming the head coach permanently.
Unfortunately for Bevell, the Jaguars’ interest in various outside candidates could mean that his time at the helm is short-lived. In addition to Hackett and Leftwich, Jacksonville is expected to consider Todd Bowles, Jim Caldwell, Matt Eberflus, Kellen Moore, Doug Pederson and Dan Quinn as replacement for Meyer.