Bryon Leftwich Compared To Jason Garrett

January 17th, 2019

New OC Byron Leftwich is lauded by a former Bucs teammate

Two things about Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett are often overlooked.

First, he has just one losing record since taking over midway through the 2010 season. Second, he was a Buccaneers backup quarterback in 2004.

That brief stint with the Bucs means he played with receiver Michael Clayton, the stud 2003 rookie whose career took a steady dive after that until he won a Super Bowl as a backup with the Giants.

Clayton is busy these days as an analyst on WDAE-AM 620, and Joe referred to him as a buffoon in the fall after he insisted the Bucs would only win three games all season. (About a month later, Clayton ranted on air about how the Bucs should sign a female kicker to replace Chandler Catanzaro and offered several reasons why.)

But Clayton does share intriguing takes at times, and one was this week about his former Bucs teammates, Garrett and Byron Leftwich. He says America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, is in excellent hands with Leftwich serving as offensive coordinator under quarterback whisperer Bruce Arians.

“Byron Leftwich reminded me of Jason Garrett. I played with them both, just the minds that they had, the ability to make adjustments on-the-go during the game, sometimes things that we didn’t practice,” Clayton said. “Just willing to improv out there and that’s something the Byron had the mind for. He reminded me a lot of Jason Garrett in terms of his preparation and his knowledge of the game. So it’s no surprise to me.  … When I played with Byron, he definitely reminded of some of the coaches that have went on to have great success.”

Fun fact: Garrett left the Bucs and coached Dolphins quarterbacks for two seasons (2005-2006) under Nick Saban, who coached Clayton at LSU.

Clayton also was emphatic in his optimism and support for Jameis.

“Any coach who knows football can watch Jameis Winston’s tape and can say, Man, I can work with that.’ That’s why I was emphatic about pointing out how Coach Koetter had fallen short in coaching Jameis Winston.”

Arians has been adamant for a couple of years that Leftwich is head coach material. Joe hopes that’s the case, and if so, that Leftwich doesn’t get his own team in 2020.

27 Responses to “Bryon Leftwich Compared To Jason Garrett”

  1. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    Clayton is similar to the commish where they talk super loud throw a bunch of stuff against the wall see if they make a ripple and if anything sticks…usually not much at all

  2. 813bucboi Says:

    i think its a good match….byron has played the game before and im sure winston can relate to what he’s been thru…..

    it all sounds good until the real bullets start flying….


  3. Robert Says:

    reminds me of Bubba

    shrimp gumbo, shrimp cocktail, shrimp ka-bob

  4. Robert Says:


  5. The Buc Realist Says:

    If Jw3 windup gets any longer, we will now know why!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Compared to Garrett?

    all Kobe sees is a overgrown Gary Coleman of Different Strokes

    Whatca talkin about winston!”

  7. Krojen Says:

    So we’ll see him clapping on the sideline with a dazed gum chewing look on his face as the offense goes 3 n out again?

  8. Season Is Over Says:

    Why would a “rising star” ever leave the organization that had him? Arizona certainly wasn’t impressed. I’m still trying to figure out why the fans should be.

  9. Robert Says:

    will he have his bow tie on?

  10. AlteredEgo Says:

    Boy….The Bucs are proclaimed winners in the off season and the Play Off’s are not even finished….usually they wait to proclaim the Bucs winners until after FA signings…another record for the Bucs!
    It’s going to be a GREAT off season my favorite part of the football schedule…SMH

  11. Bruce Blahak Says:

    Leftwich coaching Leftwich clone….Do 2 wrongs make a right? Be a miracle if this turns out well….

  12. Dave5928 Says:

    Why all the nasty comments? Bruce Arians has proven he knows what he’s doing. Is there any reason to doubt him now? I’ll take the opinion of a two-time NFL Coach of the Year and be willing to give him the benefit of the doubt with personnel decisions. We Bucs fans are so accustomed to things not working out that we seem to expect it and even relish the opportunity to say we saw this coming early on.

  13. bucsfaninchina Says:

    But how much does he clap?

  14. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    Season is Over right on, if he is indeed the man or a star on the rise, then why not hire him as the HC now, I mean the bucs did that with Radio and that worked out well. I hope that leftwich is the man, he was a 100% college legend at Marshall. I just do not how arians is going to change winston’s ways on the field when arians brags that he always goes for it in 2 on the par 5s

  15. 813bucboi Says:


    if the defense gets any better, we’ll know why!!!!!


  16. Bucs fan #7423 Says:

    “Now I’ve seen so many different looks from so many different teams that even if you’re not necessarily game-planning that week for that look you can always file that in your memory bank and you can pull back from that. If I get an unscouted look I can kind of say, ‘I know this team did it to me in Week 8’, where early in the season I couldn’t do that.” – Patrick Mahomes (AFTER ONLY ONE YEAR IN THE NFL!!!!!)

    When will big stupid child brain can’t read a play clock Jamies Winston learn how to do that??? Does Jamies Winston not have the intellectual capacity to process new information quickly and make good decisions.


    #7423 hopes Byron Leftwhich and Bruce Arians can turn Jamies into a quarterback that won’t embarrass us

  17. cw_buc_crazy Says:

    @Season Is Over
    “Why would a “rising star” ever leave the organization that had him? Arizona certainly wasn’t impressed. I’m still trying to figure out why the fans should be.”
    at last the excitement is cooling down and some of guys here are coming to senses.
    Not only this joke OC to be here, but the whole “BA crew”, if so good why were let go…., why Atlanta let go STC and we get him??!!
    Is only one answer: There are not so good, just average, or even below.
    What they are? they are BA’s good buddies, they have good time together, not shining records, and they want to repeat that one more time here, with beach, fishing, biking and little bit football.
    I told that once, but I guess I’m goin to repeat this over and over:
    to me this is Love S 2.0
    Go Bucs!

  18. Bruce Blahak Says:

    @cw_buc_crazy ….complacent coaches would really make this team ugly. I hope they really love winning. Nobody seems to care anymore. Money and entertainment is what this great sport has become.

  19. Not there yet Says:

    No one would ever accuse Dirk Koetter of actually coaching, he’s a below average coach but what he has is an offensive system and needs a quarterback who is already established to succeed

  20. The Buc Realist Says:


    Most likely because they churned the roster and were able to finally get away from elements and the shoddy foundation that incompetent lovie left!!!!!!!!!!

    Can’t wait until a couple of hours until joe moderates this message!!!!!! I wonder if I now hold the record for being in moderation for just telling the truth about jw3?????????????

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    good times joe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. BigMacAttack Says:

    I’m sure glad that all y’all know what’s up with this staff. Your ability to predict the future is uncanny. I have no clue other than there are “some” talented players on this team, but not a bunch. I hope they can replace the mediocre players with good ones. As far as BA and his staff, I’ll wait to judge until they take the field. I hope the injured starters can come back healthy. I’m a Hargreaves fan and OJ Howard is a beast. I’m way more concerned about the moves Licht makes in the coming months than I am what BA does with them. Jason Licht doesn’t have a stellar track record thus far. And that’s all I have to say about that.

  22. D-Rome Says:

    I can’t get enough of Michael Clayton. I think he’s great! Besides, there isn’t much of a difference between 3 games and 5 games. When he made that statement it was very conceivable the Bucs could only finish with 3 wins.

  23. AfrikaThaRapper Says:

    I keep wondering if the fans that are not hyped about having B.A. and his crew were to pick their dream head coach, who would it be? And secondly, who would his coordinators be? Please do tell. Go Bucs.

  24. Bobby M. Says:

    Winston is four years in the league and still doesn’t get the value of checking it down, ball security, how the play clock works, etc. I’m sure there’s stuff Koetter would admit he could have done better but let’s be real….Koetter keeps getting interest around the league….He’s a proven commodity. Matter of fact, he groomed Matt Ryan and must have done a decent enough job that they brought him back to work with the 2016 league MVP. Meanwhile…around the league Winston’s opponents voted him the most overrated, most favorable to play against, and his back up as most deserving to start. Winston’s issues aren’t due to lack of coaching….its something mental with him. The reality is if Dilfer were putting up the exact same stats….Clayton, Sapp, etc would be pounding the air waves saying he’s got to go. Clayton has an obvious bias….I would guess it goes back to some type of coaching issue he dealt with so he sides with the player vs the coach. Even with the D-Jax situation, he blames Koetter for not trading him or putting him on IR. When does he blame D-Jax for being a turd of a teammate?

  25. 813bucboi Says:


    wrong as usual!!!!!!!

    the bucs got better once dirk and his staff left the building!!!!!!

    improvement is still to come mostly because players will be getting nfl level coaching and getting away from the incompetent passive coaching style of dirk and smitty!!!!!!

    cant wait until joe exposes you!!!!!!


  26. rrsrq Says:

    I’m really impressed by all the GMs on JBF, by all the prognosticators, because according to a few of you, the season is over, these guys cannot coach, they were let go by their previous teams, because I am sure they all watched the Jets games, the Cardinal games and the ST of Atlanta. Most probably can’t even name 5 guys from any of those teams with the exception of the Falcons because they are in the Bucs division. Instead of giving this Keene a chance, knowing that the previous crew failed tremendously as a whole, HC, OC, DC and ST.., why not just wait and see.
    Joe talked about MC saying the Bucs would only win 3 games, he was close but also remember it was Skip Bayless who told us 2 years ago, the Bucs are talented, but he doesn’t trust the coaching, it was Tony D. who recognizes talent who said this team had the talent to win, so I will go with the professional and their opinions, which have been pretty good

  27. orlbucfan Says:

    Michael Clayton was a very talented rookie receiver. What killed him in his second season here was Chuckass Gruden didn’t like him. The second reason was a serious injury committed by a Detroit DB who should have been ejected from the game. Don’t believe me? Go back and look at the video. Ariens is here cos the talent already assembled on this offense. He needs to resign Hump and Kwon for sure. I enjoy listening to MC. He is definitely a Bucs fan, and gets excited, but he knows what he’s talking about. Playoffs for sure this year.