“One Of The Things You Take Pride In”

October 4th, 2019

As Joe noted immediately after Tampa Bay leveled the Rams in Los Angeles, Byron Leftwich, the Bucs offensive coordinator, outcoached the iconic defensive guru across the field from him, Wade Phillips.

Joe has to give Leftwich an A- through the first quarter of the season.

The offense has scored points, moved the ball and remained balanced. though some might call it a little run-heavy. The Bucs have the fifth-most rushing attempts in the NFL. The offensive line is playing harder and Joe can’t blame Leftwich for the kicking nonsense that closed the senseless loss to the Giants.

Bucco Bruce Arians was asked today about how the offense has come out and scored touchdowns in game-opening drives. Those are usually scripted based on the coordinator’s scouting of the opposing defense. Arians noted and praised Leftwich for getting the Bucs on the board quickly. “As a playcaller, that’s one of the things you take pride in,” Arians said.

Will it continue? Joe sure hopes so. Over time, Leftwich was have more of a playcaller resumé out there for defensive coordinators to scrutinize.

24 Responses to ““One Of The Things You Take Pride In””

  1. JimmyJack Says:

    Yes I love it!!! Give me the ball and take the lead. I hated our last Head Coach electing to defer & send the worst defense in NFL history onto the field to give us a deficit.

    The 2019 Bucs have led at halftime in every game this year!! Thank You for the agression.

    Taking ng the ball first and playing with the lead is a big part of the equation. CUTTHROAT!!!!

  2. AwShbucs Says:

    Quick Kobe/ son of hurry up and make a declaration that theres absolutely not a chance of the Bucs winning the Super Bowl this year!

    Then we’ll have another Lombardi Trophy in Tampa Bay!

  3. tmaxcon Says:


    Mentioning the words superbowl in the same sentence of a team that has not won a single meaningful game since the 02 season is pretty funny ….

  4. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    JimmyJack, LA won the toss and elected to kick

  5. BlogTalkFootball Says:

    I love the difference it makes when we put points on the board with the first possession! Especially when we put pressure on the opposing offense to match us, because the D will make them pay for any mistake.

  6. SB Says:

    The guy who takes the first swing usually wins. Not always but usually.

  7. Son of Kobe Faker Says:

    “My Dad thinks

    Saints have the toughest defense we will face this year. They beat MVP candidate [email protected] Seattle and the playoff caliber Dallas without a TD

    Lattimore plays minnd games with Me and they will double and blanket Godwin all game

    Can BL call enough pass plays to OJ and the RBs instead of forcing JW to throw to our 2 top targets which the Saints will be waiting for?

    I didn’t want to post this but

    My Dad dad woke up last night in a cold seat and started speaking in tongues

    The loud screams coming from my grandmoms basement was dreadful

    It sounded like



    Son of Kobe Faker

  8. neal Says:

    @Kobe So i guess we should assume the the reason Lattimore has given up the most yards and most receptions in football this year is because he is “playing mind games”? lol that a great long-con he has got going.

  9. Slugglife Says:

    Run heavy offenses show the o line that you believe in them. And when your backs are breaking nice runs they get more confident.

    When our backs run downhill they are drilling defenders. I love it

  10. Slugglife Says:

    True dat. We’ve never beaten the saints when they had brees and pretty much that same defense.

    Tell your dad to lay off the crack pipe dog.

  11. Jordan L Says:

    Why Kobe its quite obvious. We dat.

  12. dmatt Says:

    Just an FYI:
    Saints have three former Ohio State Buckeye players that are starters in their secondary. The three were all on the Buckeyes 2015 championship team that beat Oregon for the championship. However, against the Saints last month, Russel Wilson threw for over 400 yards in that game, without the best receivers in the league. In comes the Bucs, cause God “Wins” with ME, OJ, n Brate, n not me, myself, n DJax…thank u BA. On another note, Bridgewater has thrown for less than 200 yards in each of the past three games for the Saints. We have a chance to shut the Saints down, with or without Brees. Our defense will improve, n has.

  13. Son of Kobe Faker Says:

    “Without Brees, Michael Thomas can be contained

    The problem this week is we are facing the uncontainable

    Alvin Kamara

    We need to gang tackle and limit the breakaways which can happen whenever he touches it

    *My Dad just texted me and said we have to be careful of Tayson Hill. Payton is going to pull all the stops in this critical div game”

    Son of Kobe Faker

  14. D1 Says:

    Jimmy Jack,

    I agree with you , last season not wanting the defense on the field to start.
    But the decision to defer after winning the coin toss is what every team in the NFL did all year long with very few exceptions. So it’s not like the team did something unusual.

    Add to that they received the opening kickoff 8 or 9 games, it’s not as if it mattered much because the defense gave away field position and points like Jeffrey epstein and girls over the age of 17.

  15. Adrnagy Says:

    We are going to crush the saints.

  16. ship thief Says:

    your dad was so full of toxic waste that he put himself in a position where he can’t even speak for himself.
    the sooner you realize this, the better, for you own sake.

  17. TexBuc Says:

    OL coach neutralizing Donald with an excellent game plan was the key to this game.

  18. ship thief Says:

    I totally agree!
    did you see baldinger’s breakdown?

  19. unbelievable Says:

    Saints D ain’t no joke. Look what they did to Dallas.

    Hope our o-line rises to the occasion again.

    Stack em up!

  20. BucEmUp Says:

    The offense looked fantastic and Leftwich anwered the bell. Im sure after ten days of preparation that Arians had his fair share of suggestions leading up to Sunday….but Byron did a good job.

    Bowles is the one that had me worried last Sunday.We were told the days of ten yard cushion coverage were over and done with….
    not hardly. They were catching passes at will toward the end of both the first and second halfs. The saints short game will tear soft coverage apart. I hope this gane plan is.made based on the opponents strenghts and not the bucs imposing their will and executing one defnese. Take advantage of this tremendous pass rush and run stugfing and get aggresive with coveragr

  21. Go Bucs 72 Says:

    I vote “Totally Confident.”

  22. Warrenfb12 Says:

    Wasn’t leftwich the OC in Arizona last year? Shouldn’t his resume be put there already? Took over midway through the season with a terrible offensive line that really limited him along with the rookie QB. –Joe

  23. Hodad Says:

    Winston is at his best off play action. You can’t do play action if you don’t show teams you’re committed to the run. Last two years we were a pass first team, the numbers bare that out. We’re keeping D’s honest, it’s working.

  24. Bobby Says:

    Hey Kobe, they said CMac was uncontainable too. Same with Barkley. Kamara is going to have to beat us because it won’t be Bridgewater. I like our chances.
    Our offense is going to score points and I think we win the turnover battle. Bucs by 10 pts.