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Jacksonville Jaguars expected to hire Buccaneers OC Byron Leftwich as their next head coach

Written by Doug Rush

Jacksonville Jaguars expected to hire Buccaneers OC Byron Leftwich as their next head coach

Byron Leftwich is coming home to where his NFL career started.

Leftwich is expected to become the next head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Leftwich has been the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator since 2019 and won a Super Bowl with the team in 2020 while running the offense for Tom Brady and Bruce Arians.

Leftwich was a former Jaguars quarterback, as he was a former first round pick back in 2003 and was there until 2006.

Leftwich is replacing former college head coach Urban Meyer, who was fired after a 2-11 start to his first season there after numerous scandals came up during the year. Darrell Bevell finished out the season as the interim head coach and went 1-3.

Leftwich was being groomed under Arians for the last few seasons; he was the quarterbacks coach when Arians was the Arizona Cardinals head coach from 2017-2018 and also was the interim offensive coordinator in 2018 before he became the offensive coordinator for the Buccaneers in 2019 under Arians.

Now. Leftwich will get the chance to coach Trevor Lawrence and run his own team down in Jacksonville.

About the author

Doug Rush

Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws.


In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views.


After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016.

In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season.


In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW.


Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.