Byron Leftwich walking to the locker room for the last time as a Buc.

Buccaneers Cleaning House With Coaches Including Byron Leftwich

Byron Leftwich walking to the locker room for the last time as a Buc.
Byron Leftwich (Photo By Rock Riley)

TAMPA, Fla. – The Bucs were 8-9 this season, with an offense that was one of the worst in the NFL. Tampa Bay has started cleaning house, firing a number of coaches, including offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich.

So far, at least eight coaches are gone.

“We appreciate the hard work and contributions that all of these coaches made to our successes over the past four seasons,” Bucs head coach Todd Bowles said. “As a collective group, we did not meet the high standards that had been set for this past year.”  

Byron Leftwich walking to the locker room for the last time as a Buc.

Other coaches let go were wide receivers coach Kevin Garner, specialists coach Chris Boniol, offensive quality control coach Jeff Kastl, running backs coach Todd McNair and assistant defensive line coach Lori Locust.

The Bucs went from averaging around 30 pts a game the past two seasons to just 18 points a game this past season. That’s the 25th in the NFL. Combine those numbers with the worst rushing game in the league, and it was obvious change had to come.

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“My focus now is on doing what is needed to ensure a successful 2023 season, Bowles said. “These were very difficult decisions, but something I felt was necessary for our football team going forward.”

Quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen, along with offensive assistant Rick Christophel and outside linebackers coach Bob Sanders all have retired.

Meanwhile, quarterback Tom Brady who is a free agent, has not decided on whether he’s going to come back or play for another team or just retire. Last year Brady did retire and then changed his mind about playing.

The Bucs are giving Brady all the time he needs to make a decision. 

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