Jaguars Hire Pederson; Leftwich Back To Bucs?

The Jacksonville Jaguars have their subsequent head coach – and it isn’t Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. After a number of stories had the Jaguars slated to rent Leftwich over every week in the past, Jacksonville’s absurd teaching search went one other path. The group is hiring former Eagles coach Doug Pederson as their new head coach, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

This transfer virtually actually implies that Leftwich will return because the Bucs’ offensive coordinator in 2022. Technically, Leftwich continues to be a candidate for the top teaching job in New Orleans. However that chance is extensively anticipated to be granted to Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen. That would go away two job openings on the desk: Miami and Houston. Leftwich is just not presently a candidate for both workforce.

That’s nice information for the Bucs. Leftwich has led a top-tier offense all three years he’s served as Tampa Bay’s play caller. He’s extensively thought of a rising stud within the teaching sphere, and his return to Tampa means extra continuity for Kyle Trask and Blaine Gabbert. It additionally ensures the Bucs teaching employees will keep in place. Leftwich had been rumored to need vast receivers coach Kevin Garver and outdoors linebackers coach Larry Foote as his coordinators.

Earlier on Thursday, Tampa Bay Occasions beat reporter Rick Stroud reported that Leftwich was eradicating himself from consideration for the Jaguars’ job. Leftwich was considered the favourite all through the Jaguars’ tumultuous hiring course of. However Leftwich needed Cardinals’ govt Adrian Wilson to function normal supervisor. The coordinator’s hesitancy to work with present Jaguars normal supervisor Trent Baalke was shared by different candidates as effectively. Finally, Pederson was snug with the association, whereas Leftwich was not.


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