Bucs, Jaguars Could Target Same Offensive Coordinator

Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich is within the strategy of turning into the following head coach of the Jaguars. That would immediate a bidding warfare between Tampa Bay and Jacksonville over Bucs vast receivers coach Kevin Garver.

There’s discuss that Garver might go along with Leftwich to develop into his offensive coordinator, and the Bucs would even be interested by selling him to that function in Tampa Bay.

Technically, it will be the passing sport coordinator in Tampa Bay. Harold Goodwin serves because the Bucs assistant head coach and the staff’s run sport coordinator.

“I’ve been with him for thus lengthy now, simply watching him develop and develop,” head coach Bruce Arians stated of Garver. “He referred to as half of a sport this preseason [at Houston] and did a heck of a job. He’s obtained a complete grasp of this offense in each part – quarterback play, line play, working again and receiver. He’s obtained a full grasp of it and he’s greater than prepared.”

Nonetheless, as a result of Garver’s inexperience as a play-caller, Arians is predicted to renew play-calling duties this yr in Tampa Bay. Arians referred to as performs as the pinnacle coach in Arizona from 2013-17 till he retired for the 2018 season. Leftwich would possible name performs for the Jaguars for a similar cause.

Bucs OC Byron Leftwich, head coach Bruce Arians and WRs coach Kevin Garver – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

The 69-year previous Arians additionally referred to as performs because the offensive coordinator in Cleveland (2001-03), Pittsburgh (2007-11) and in Indianapolis (2012). Arians has 14 years of play-calling expertise on the NFL stage.

The 34-year previous Garver started his teaching profession at Alabama as a pupil assistant (2007-09) and a graduate assistant (2010-11) underneath Nick Saban earlier than being promoted to an offensive analyst in 2012. Garver joined Arians’ teaching workers as an offensive high quality management coach in 2013. He served in that capability till being promoted to an offensive assistant in 2016. Then he grew to become the Cardinals assistant receivers coach the next season.

After Arians retired in 2018, Garver stayed on with new Arizona head coach Steve Wilks and was promoted to vast receivers coach. When Arians got here out of retirement in 2019, Garver adopted him to Tampa Bay the place he has coached receivers for the previous three seasons.

Lewis Possible To Be Promoted To WRs Coach

If Garver stays in Tampa Bay to tackle the obligations of placing collectively the sport plan with Arians, assistant vast receivers coach Thaddeus Lewis is predicted to interchange him and take over the receivers room. Ought to Garver go away the Bucs, Lewis might be promoted to the function of passing sport coordinator

The 34-year previous Lewis, a former NFL backup quarterback from 2010-17, was a training intern in the summertime of 2020 throughout coaching camp. He made a powerful sufficient impression that he stayed on as an offensive assistant.

Arians promoted him to the function of assistant receivers coach in 2021. He thinks Lewis has a vivid future as a play-caller within the league, too.

Bucs WR Breshad Perriman and assistant WRs coach Thad Lewis

Bucs WR Breshad Perriman and assistant WRs coach Thad Lewis – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

“I don’t assume there’s any doubt,” Arians stated. “He’s obtained quite a lot of Byron in him. He’s a former quarterback and he’s extraordinarily vivid. Final yr I used to make him give me sport plans. What would his sport plan be? It could be spot on each week. There might be a time very, very quickly the place he’s calling performs on this league.”

Arians is an enormous believer in selling from inside. That’s a observe he discovered from former Alabama legend Paul “Bear” Bryant.

“You at all times need to see your guys get jobs, man,” Arians stated. “That’s large for me. We’ve obtained a bunch of younger guys that we’ve been coaching for a very long time to perhaps step of their place. It’s not that the place we’re bringing in a bunch of outsiders.”


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