AP Source: Leftwich out as Buccaneers offensive coordinator


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Byron Leftwich has been fired as offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a person with knowledge of the dismissal told the Associated Press on Thursday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Bucs haven’t announced the decision, which came three days after the Bucs were eliminated from the playoffs by the Dallas Cowboys and just two years after Leftwich helped Tom Brady win the quarterback’s seventh Super Bowl title.

Leftwich held the position for four seasons, joining the Bucs when Bruce Arians was hired as coach in 2019. He interviewed for several head coaching openings after the Bucs set a franchise record for regular season wins in 2021, but fell into disfavor this season when Tampa Bay scored 18.4 points per game after averaging over 30 the previous two seasons.

Brady set a league record with 490 completions and finished third in the league in passing yards behind Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert, however he also attempted a career-high 756 passes due to the absence of a running game.


AP Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi contributed to this report.


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