No Reports Of Bowles, Leftwich Interviews

January 6th, 2020

More than a week after the Bucs season ended, there appears to be no market for Bruce Arians’ top assistants.

So what does that mean?

First, Joe is confident that’s a referendum on Todd Bowles’ ugly tenure as Jets head coach. His team went in the toilet after, ironically, Darrelle Revis and Ryan Fitzpatrick carried it with special seasons in 2015. Bowles went from 10-6 to 5-11, to 5-11 again with a defense that was not competitive. That’s Dirk Koetter territory.

As for Leftwich, well, the NFL is all about the hot mindset when it comes to hiring coaches. Last year was about finding young Sean McVay clones, and that approach appears to have completely evaporated in 2020.

Joe’s not saying 39-year-old Leftwich is head-coach material after his first full season as a playcaller. But in many offseasons a guy leading a high-powered offense, who also comes with Bruce Arians’ blessing, would at least get an interview.

This is all good news for the Bucs, who want continuity on their coaching staff that guided the team to a 5-3 record in the second half of this season.

40 Responses to “No Reports Of Bowles, Leftwich Interviews”

  1. LaMarcus Says:

    Leftwich is no material.

    Any one could coach this offense and be a top 10. Even a caveman can do that. Especially with a qb like that

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:


  3. Loyaltotheend Section 312 Says:

    Leftwich wasn’t anything special

    He wasn’t creative or flexible to include TE’s and couldn’t fix Jameis

    Why would any team be quick to hire him when his last two QBs (Rosen and Jameis) are on both on the verge of being moved on from while being coached by Byron?

  4. Adrnagy Says:

    Never believed it. Are you serious. Leftwich a HC with one 1/2 yr as play caller. ? No exp. only somebody that has their head up their a** would believe his HC material. (Bruce)

    All the league know it was all Winston on the #1 pass offense. Not leftwhich.

    Bowles needs 2 yrs more to prove he still has it.

    I’m cool with Bowles staying even Bruce. But Leftwich idk. Also the special team coach both need to be gone like yesterday.

  5. Adrnagy Says:

    I’ll be shock if Bucs move on from jameis. Imo. And I mean Bruce talking all the b** how he took the job and jameis can win etc etc and bringing Leftwich to correlate with jameis.

  6. 813bucboi Says:

    folks are with the BS regarding BL…..

    anyone can coach this offense?….i doubt it…..,dirk sure as hell couldnt get this offense to become top 10…..

    BL was the QB coach in ARZ…..once KW was fired BL took over starting week8…..

    so tell me…..would you blame duff for having a lousy defense after he took over for smitty?……hell no!!!…..

    KW was the HC/OC and hand picked rosen…..KW couldnt get it done…not BL…..

    BL guided a top10 offense with a QB throwing 30picks, no run game and inconsistent TE’s…..brate dropped passes….OJ dropped passes…..

    any lack of production(which wasnt much) was due to lack of execution not play calling…..

    imo, i dont think BA wouldve done any better…..BA calling plays with no run game and a QB throwing 30picks wouldve had the same results…..

    GO BUCS!!!!!!

  7. 813bucboi Says:

    All the league know it was all Winston on the #1 pass offense. Not leftwhich.

    thats the dumbest comment ever….lol…..

    if it was all JW, he wouldve gotten an extension mid year…..

    GO BUCS!!!!!!!

  8. ColBucFan Says:

    They haven’t accomplished anything yet.

  9. Adrnagy Says:

    Yes. It was jameis. Who else threw the ball? Was it you 813 bucboyie. Was it you slinging it. Was it you taking shot ? Was it you throwing it to two 1000+yd receivers ?

    Oh I know it was you being the conservative “safe” qb

  10. Mr. Reality Says:

    “But in many offseasons a guy leading a high-powered offense, who also comes with Bruce Arians’ blessing, would at least get an interview.”

    Don’t bet on it. The only reason Leftwich would even get a phone call now would be Rooney Rule, and there are plenty of other realistic candidates to tick that box.

    LOL. People that love Winston are blaming the playcaller anyway, or the routes run, or the wind. or the barometric pressure and moon cycles. So why look at Byron anyway…he’s clearly a main reason Winston had 137 TOs this year…in three games. All at home.

  11. Adrnagy Says:

    Evans out. Godwin out. And what does your fav coach bucboyie do ? Does he get creative with the TE , screen passes to RB ? No. He turns to jameis. What a p*** OC you have. No risk no biscuit. For leftwhich —- no biscuit.

  12. Marine Buc Says:

    Leftwich was not able to design a proper offense for Winston. Any offense that allows 30 interceptions to occur is not proper. I’m happy to hear that Todd Bowles is staying. He is the best defensive coordinator we have had since Kiffen.

  13. Loyaltotheend Section 312 Says:

    Dirk and Monken had this group as a top 10 offense multiple times…

  14. 941bucsfan Says:

    2 reasons:

    Leftwich: aint a good playcaller. Jameis moves the ball with whoever
    Bowles: defense really aint that great.. stacked the box stopped the pass. Had an easy schedule towards the end of the year.. and if it wasnt for the wind, watson wouldve ate us alive…defense is fools gold, couldnt stop matt ryan when they needed to at the end of the last game FORCING it to go to overtime.

    Defense is NOT overrated, because outside of this area, no one thinks our defense was actually good

  15. 813bucboi Says:

    he’s suppose to turn to the QB thats in his 5th year and was draft #1 overall…..

    if we draft a QB #1 overall and in his 5th year we cant lean on him to produce a win, why the hell give him an extension?…

    even without all the BS you’re talking about, the game went into OT…..and who gave the game away(again)?…..

    your fav QB…..

    GO BUCS!!!!!!

  16. bojim Says:

    Don’t think either one is ready.

  17. 813bucboi Says:


    top 10 in yards yeah

    never points, 3rd and long, redzone eff….

    GO BUCS!!!!!!

  18. 813bucboi Says:

    he also threw 30picks……

    but i guess thats all BL….lol….

    it sure wasnt me throwing 30picks…..

    GO BUCS!!!!!!

  19. 813bucboi Says:

    Marine Buc Says:
    January 6th, 2020 at 11:41 am
    Leftwich was not able to design a proper offense for Winston.

    BL is running BA’s offense…..

    GO BUCS!!!!!!

  20. Pewter power Says:

    Only tampa media would even be surprised by this. Saints are in the playoffs almost every year, no one is raiding their coaching staff either…..this is a whole lot of nothing.

  21. stpetebucsfan Says:

    This was not the year…however next year…if we fix the QB position and the D keeps playing the way it did the second half of the season…we can clearly make the playoffs which would make them both HOT.

    While the historic ineptitude of this franchise hurts guys like LVD and other players with lack of recognition…it works out well for coaches who turn terrible teams around. If we reach the playoffs for the first time in forever next year TB and BL will become attractive as coaches who helped turn around the woeful Bucs.

  22. Mike Johnson Says:

    All of yas are crazy. It was not Leftwich’s playcalling. It was..Jameis Winston!

  23. Marine Buc Says:

    @ 813

    True. But who was calling the plays? I assume Leftwich was also designing the offensive game plan from week to week. Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is the definition of insanity. 30 Interceptions. Insanity.

  24. Bucsfanman Says:

    Who cares anyway?! As a fan, I would rather have the continuity of a returning coaching staff.
    Our defense appears to be trending upwards and our offense was top 5-10. If that continues, we ARE a playoff team.

    Watching games this year was nowhere near the nut-punch it was in the past!

  25. 813bucboi Says:


    BL was calling plays and designing the game plan but the 30INTs arent his fault…..

    thats lack of executions of the players…..

    tipped passes
    wrong routes
    QB starring down WRs
    QB forcing throws

    results wouldve been different IF we had a more consistent QB….

    but it is what it is now….imo, neither are leaving so it should get better…..

    GO BUCS!!!!!!

  26. jjbucfan Says:

    Results were the same in Arizona 813, Arians knows his QBs are going to throw INTs in his offense (I’m sure he never dreamed of this, though). Our defense sucked for 10-11 games and our kicker got the yips. We are used to this in Tampa. Our defense looked better the last couple games but the bend but don’t break prevent will kill you every time. I think Matt Gay will be fine next year. Jameis will be fine next year with a better O-Line. Have to get rid of Dotson and I would move DS 76 to RT or move him to RG, push Ali to RG where he was almost a pro bowler his rookie year and move Cappa to RT with his long @ss arms. DRAFT LT!!!!!!!!! the draft a center later to learn behind Jensen. Hopefully we will see a couple of these guys re-structure their deals, Jensen, Brate, etc.

  27. jjbucfan Says:

    ^^move Donovan to LG^^ and Ali to RG

  28. bucfan999 Says:

    Good I want to keep Coach Bowles and see what kind of defensed he can build here. As far as Coach Leftwich, I think he did an OK job this year. The running game was not good and Jameis threw more INT’s than in any previous season but the 2nd season usually shows the most growth in a system, If Leftwich was to leave this offseason we could always get Freddie Kitchens to take over the offense as he has an existing relationship with BA

  29. LaMarcus Says:

    Everyone and their mother knew the last game was gonna end with a pick 6.

    Everyone BUT Leftwich……. that’s all you need to know about BL

  30. Licht Headed Says:

    Buc unfaithful are the dumbest fans in the NFL. Bowles is an absolute defensive genius. Leftwich’s play calling is uneven at best. Hopefully he has learned much from this season.

  31. 813bucboi Says:

    LaMarcus Says:
    January 6th, 2020 at 2:02 pm
    Everyone and their mother knew the last game was gonna end with a pick 6.

    Everyone BUT Leftwich……. that’s all you need to know about BL

    thats all you need to know about JW!!!!!!!… the biggest moment of the game, as you stated, everyone and their mother knew JW was going to throw a pick……

    so after 5years we shouldnt expect our QB to deliver a W in OT?……we should expect a pick6……..

    but yet, the OC sucks, defense sucks, run game sucks however the QB that toss 30INTs is the best player on the team….lol….GTFOH!!!!!!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!!!!

  32. 813bucboi Says:


    results were not the same….ARZ won 10games his first year….

    GO BUCS!!!!!!

  33. gotbbucs Says:

    Anyone who thought Leftwich would get an NFL head coaching interview this cycle is out of their mind. He has earned that kind if praise based on what, a failed year in Arizona and a questionable year in Tampa? Give me a break.

  34. 813bucboi Says:

    a failed year in ARZ?….lol…

    folks need to get their facts straight!!!!!!!

    On October 19, 2018, after the Cardinals fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, Leftwich was selected to take over his role.

    BL was hired to be the QB coach…..mike mccoy was fired and BL took over mid season… on earth can you blame ARZs and rosen’s failures on BL?….lol….

    they were 1-7 when BL took over and got their 2nd W with him calling plays…..

    folks are out of their mind if they think BL failed in ARZ and was “so so” this year with the bucs…..

    bucs had a top10 offense with a QB that threw 30INTs and no run game…..

    STOP B!TCHIN!!!!!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!!!!

  35. Buczilla Says:

    Considering the hand that he was dealt and his limited experience, I think that Leftwich did a good job. In the famous words of Ted Webb, “you can’t make chicken salad out of chicken sh!t”, i.e., below average running backs, plus an erratic quarterback that can look like Dan Marino one moment and a complete buffoon the next were mitigated by two top 5 receivers. He also had to compensate for a defense that could not defend the pass for much of the year and had to work with an offensive line that is vastly overrated. There is hope.

  36. Defense Rules Says:

    Wow, comments on this one were all over the place. My favorite though …

    ColBucFan … “They haven’t accomplished anything yet.” It was an ‘entertaining season’ for sure, but the reality is that it was yet another losing season in a long line of losing seasons. Still, what gave me HOPE is that the defense improved markedly in the 2nd half of the season, and that we actually had a chance to go 9-7 UNTIL those last 2 games. And we were in BOTH of those games until the bitter end. This year we’ll see the rewards that’ll come from setting a solid foundation in 2019.

    Licht Headed … “Bowles is an absolute defensive genius. Leftwich’s play calling is uneven at best”. Agree with both observations LH. TB strikes me as being the second coming of Monte Kiffin. We might’ve given up a lot of yards & points, but this defense made huge strides forward in 2019. BL’s play-calling on the other hand seemed rather ‘erratic’ to me. Sometimes it seemed to be excellent. Other times it was totally high school. There were times when it seemed like he was just wasting plays, and unnecessarily getting us into too many 3rd-and-long situations. Other times the play-calling (and execution obviously) let us march right down the field for a TD. Erratic. It’ll also be interesting to see if this coaching staff’s analysis determines that play-calling was a culprit in Jameis’ excessive INTs this year.

  37. BigHog Says:

    Some of y’all desearve this RACE CARD OF THE YEAR AWARD!! I said it …now don’t make me call your dumb jack-asses out!!!

  38. Lavonte 1of1 Says:

    After Jameis wins the Super Bowl next season they will be recruited heavily.

    Super Bowl or bust

  39. Ed Says:

    Who started the rumor that Bucs assistant’s were in vogue? Leading the league in yardage and interception/fumbling isn’t’ going to get you a head coach job because the extra yardage is from falling behind after your quarterback starts off games throwing ints. When you are in the catch-up mode you throw a lot more than you run.

    I posted after the Wild Card games, 3 of the winning teams threw ball less than 30 times. Titans and Vikings both had rushers over 100 yards and Seahawks and Texans gained yards on the ground with Wilson and Watson killing it on 3rd and long by taking off and sliding after big gains. Those plays keep the drives moving and take off clock.

    The 45-50 throws a game that the Bucs throw out every week give them very little time clock advantage and the turnovers give back nearly 15% of their overall yardage.

  40. David Crum Says:

    Arians needs to be in both their ears Telling them to give it a couple years in Tampa! They are both really good and getting better.
    This place needs some damn stability