Bucs HC Arians Reveals Play-Calling Plans If Leftwich Departs


Following Tampa Bay’s 30-27 loss to the Los Angeles Rams within the Divisional spherical of the playoffs, Bucs head coach Bruce Arians advised he would take over because the workforce’s play-caller if offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich strikes on to turn out to be an NFL head coach this offseason.

“It might be a very good likelihood, sure,” Arians stated.

Arians referred to as performs as the pinnacle coach in Arizona from 2013-17 till he retired for the 2018 season. Earlier than that, the 69-year outdated Arians referred to as performs because the offensive coordinator in Cleveland (2001-03), Pittsburgh (2007-11) and in Indianapolis (2012). He has 14 years of play-calling expertise on the NFL degree.

Arians got here out of retirement to educate the Bucs in 2019. He turned the play-calling duties over to new offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. Arians had employed Leftwich to be the Cardinals quarterbacks coach in 2017. When new coach Steve Wilks changed Arians in 2018, Leftwich was retained. Leftwich grew to become the play-caller midway via the season when offensive coordinator Mike McCoy was fired.

Bucs QB Tom Brady, WRs coach Kevin Garver and OC Byron Leftwich – Picture by: USA At present

Arians was requested if he’s given a lot thought on who would exchange Leftwich because the offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, who has additionally been a candidate for a number of head teaching jobs.

“I’ve gone via a lot of completely different situations in the previous few weeks simply in case,” Arians stated. “We’ll have to attend and see.”

Pewter Report has discovered that broad receivers coach Kevin Garver could be the primary in line to switch Leftwich because the offensive coordinator. However apparently Arians would return to calling the performs, based mostly on his feedback on Monday.

Assistant broad receivers coach Thaddeus Lewis would assume the function of broad receivers coach in that occasion. Assistant head coach Harold Goodwin would probably stay the run recreation coordinator.

“It might be a lot of various things,” Arians stated. “Who’s on this workers, and what we’re doing it? And compiling it and doing the assembly every day and all of these kind of issues that go along with it. I wouldn’t be doing all of that. It’s only a matter of who and what occurs within the subsequent few weeks and the way we put that workers collectively.”

Arians is coming into the fourth 12 months of a five-year contract with the Bucs. He could also be taking over the play-calling function as an effort to lure Tom Brady again for an additional season in case Leftwich departs. The 44-year outdated Brady is deciding whether or not or not he desires to play another season. And he could not have a lot rapport with Garver. If Leftwich leaves Brady could not need to begin over with an unproven play-caller.

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