Is Byron Leftwich In Line For The Indianapolis Head Coaching Job?

November 8th, 2022

Indianapolis surprisingly launched its offensive guru head coach for lack of production this week and it just so happens that the Colts owner has a close relationship with many coaches on the Bucs’ staff.

Joe finds that intriguing considering Colts owner Jim Irsay lovingly referenced his former Colts head coach/playcaller Bucco Bruce Arians this week, and Arians has been adamant that Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich is worthy of a head coaching gig and is ready for one.

Also, don’t forget the powerful endorsement Leftwich got from Colts legend and Bucs assistant coach Tom Moore, and throw in that Bucs QB coach Clyde Christensen likes telling stories of golfing regularly with Irsay.

That makes Joe think Leftwich will get every opportunity to prove himself to Colts management.

Joe finds it extraordinarily hard to believe that Arians won’t pick up the phone and say, ‘Hey Jim, you gotta talk to Byron, and if you bring him there, I’ll help him any way I can.’

Many Bucs fans would love to see Leftwich get a new address, and would be damn happy for the Super Bowl offensive coordinator to land a head coaching gig.

Also, if the Bucs’ offense continues to stink like red tide on Madeira Beach, then Leftwich leaving becomes a comfortable solution for everyone in the Tampa Bay organization. The Bucs can change coordinators without hurting anyone’s feelings.

Yes, Joe realizes many Bucs fans didn’t get three paragraphs into this post without laughing. But Leftwich is very likely to get an opportunity in Indianapolis, and that might be all he needs with a team desperately looking to develop a quarterback.

84 Responses to “Is Byron Leftwich In Line For The Indianapolis Head Coaching Job?”

  1. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    The worst day of this past off season was the day Brains Leftout didn’t get the Jacksonville job.

  2. Beej Says:

    Need to get on a SR-71 and fly back Right NOW, can’t wait too long

  3. Ash Says:


  4. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    Gee Byron, hate to see you go. We had a good run here. Best of luck to you. We will just have to soldier on without you. Really hope you have a good time up in Indianapolis. Great people, wonderful city. Good luck man.

  5. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    What? You’re taking Clyde with you? Say it ain’t so. That’s ok. I’m sure we will figure something out.

  6. CrackWise Says:


    This story is old news. The players and other coaches new Lefty was a lame duck OC all year and they quit on him.

    Monte Kiffin 2.0

    Things that SHOULD make TMZ fun again…. BUT DON’T 🙁

  7. Pewter Power Says:

    Please take him

  8. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    Bring Monken back.

  9. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Dam J you went full auto on the trigger with this one. Gotta change pants. I think I peed myself.

  10. EricThe Viking Says:

    Why would anyone want BL running anything except the trash pickup? One of the biggest frauds in the NFL.

  11. Cchead Says:

    Throw in a draft pick as incentive to take him.

  12. LakelandSteve Says:

    Maybe they will take Bowles for there defensive coordinator after he gets fired here.

  13. ChiBuc Says:

    Jack Burton Mercer Says:
    November 8th, 2022 at 6:02 pm
    “What? You’re taking Clyde with you? Say it ain’t so. That’s ok. I’m sure we will figure something out.”

    Yes, thank you.

    “Clyde Christensen likes telling stories of golfing regularly with Irsay.”


  14. Thomas Edrington Says:

    A LAUGHABLE thought, totally ridiculous

  15. Loubucfan Says:

    Take him now!!

  16. Hodad Says:

    We should only be so lucky.

  17. richbucsfan Says:

    Trade him! Get a 10th round draft pick. That will do it. Yep

  18. DungyDance Says:

    Roll out the red carpet. Christmas would come early.

  19. Buc4evr Says:

    Not going to happen, we are stuck with him.

  20. D-Rok Says:

    Joe says:
    “But Leftwich is very likely to get an opportunity in Indianapolis, ”

    WHEN? 3 weeks ago? 😉

  21. DungyDance Says:

    I’ll start Bryon’s resume…let me see here…Tecmo Bowl, check. Madden, check. Dumbass hat, check.

  22. D-Rok Says:

    Beej Says:
    November 8th, 2022 at 5:59 pm
    “Need to get on a SR-71 and fly back Right NOW, can’t wait too long”

    I think you meant to say a 3-cylinder Cessna running on methane. That’d give him time to devise devious derivations of the 21 dive.

  23. BigMacAttack Says:

    Absolutely he deserves the job. Send it 💯

  24. Bucanero Says:

    If you ask me they would definitely benefit from BL on their sideline. It would be a tough loss tho so I would be asking for some compensation in exchange. I mean, they are going for the #1 draft pick aren’t they?

  25. firethecannons Says:

    package Byron Leftwich up and send to Colts with a thankyou card from the Glazers

  26. tbbucs3 Says:

    Click bait

  27. Buczilla Says:

    Lol, I clicked on the link that leads to the old article from 2021. Sure enough, my dumba$$ endorsed both Byron and Todd to be our head coach. 😜

  28. DBS Says:

    We will take up a collection for anyone to take him. He is in line for NO job anywhere as a HC.

  29. Thisisouryear!! Says:

    Can he go now or does he have to wait until after the season?

  30. Pelsbuc61 Says:

    Even Irsay would know it’s just to satisfy the Rooney rule. Us fans fans have seen enough regression to know BA was actually calling the plays. Would love to see Leftwich outta here! And take clueless Bowles, Fournette, Julio, Gage and Rudolph with you.

  31. The Daily Coroner Says:


  32. Marine Buc Says:


    He is a genius…

    He would be the best Head Coach or whatever you want him to be.

    Please. Please. Please. Take him away and I truly hope he wins your team a Super Bowl!


  33. gotbbucs Says:

    How much cocaine and rock and roll memorabilia would it take for Irsay to take Leftwich off our hands?

  34. Davenport Says:

    Please — he can start tomorrow.
    That may be the most ridiculous question I have seen all year

  35. Jack Sparrow Says:

    If BL gets the job, please bring Lenny “zero yard” Fournette with you.

  36. Roc Says:


    Oh God I just fell laughing


    Yes and take Bowles Toooo. PLEASE

  37. Beeej Says:

    “D-Rok Says:
    November 8th, 2022 at 6:30 pm
    Beej Says:
    November 8th, 2022 at 5:59 pm
    “Need to get on a SR-71 and fly back Right NOW, can’t wait too long”

    I think you meant to say a 3-cylinder Cessna running on methane. That’d give him time to devise devious derivations of the 21 dive.”

    I forgot, need 3-4 tankers orbiting also…STAT!

  38. JimmyfromNY Says:

    Josh McDaniels will be fired in Vegas within a month bring him back for a consultant. Anyone that watch the Indianapolis New England game last week they 100% we’re not trying to win their tanking. What better coach to bring into tank than the incompetent Leftwich

  39. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Gotbucs. How much cocaine and rock and roll memorabilia would it take for Irsay to take Leftwich off our hands?

    About as much as whoever wrote this article is on.

  40. D-Rok Says:


    Well we would need those 3-4 refilling tankers to be running on methane also. Farting a lot, kinda like Airplane.

    And STAT means immediately. I think we wanna slow the roll of this flying-V formation down a bit to give Leftenant Leftnut much time to devise more ways to disguise the famous 21 dive.

  41. Arians_red_pen Says:

    Somebody stole my name lol geez

  42. Rayjay1122 Says:

    Crazy thing about our BUCS is that when they decide to be bad, they are historically bad. That seems to never change.

  43. BKBuc Says:


  44. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I was HOPING he got the Jacksonville job, but if he can go to Indy, I will not shed a tear.
    I would gladly trade him for Frank Reich

  45. Just Saying Says:

    Zooming in on the play sheet and it’s mostly empty. Not too surprising

  46. Irishmist Says:

    Nice try Joe.

  47. JimbobBucfan Says:

    Byron “Brains” Leftwich was smart enough to turn down the job under the conditions it was offered to him Don’t believe me? You are hereby challenged to find out the real story.

    I do realize that some of the people here don’t represent the real fans who truly do care about this franchise and Tampa Bay in general. Real fans may criticize this or that but they support the team as well. Laugh it off you Tompa Bay Bandwagon fans! I know you will disappear after a certain someone is gone. Then I can dialogue with other Buc fans easier again. I will still be here.

    Go Bucs! 🏈

  48. Aceofaerospace Says:

    Their current former high school coach is a better option for them.

  49. Ultra ClodHopper Says:

    Ian Rappaport would LOVE that! Then he could quit sulking how Jeff Saturday isn’t the correct color.

  50. D-Rok Says:

    Dang at least ONE fan has come to the defense of Leftwhich Way Is Up?

    I, for one, do not support your ‘thusiasm in supporting him, Mr. Bob. Sorry.

  51. alton d green Says:

    No. Christmas is still several weeks away

  52. Defense Rules Says:

    That’s strange. I saw a report this morning that Jeff Saturday HAD gotten the Colts’ head coaching job.

  53. Fishhawkbuc Says:

    I just boarded my plane for Munich and heard the pile of crap. Hilarious. He could not be the coach for my sons flag football team

  54. Redeemer Says:

    What’s the old saying? A live boy, or a dead girl. Irsay literally had a dead girl in his apartment. Not withstanding the laundry bag full of cash and a pharmacy’s worth of perc 30s they caught him with. His endorsement rings a little hollow if you ask me. Sorry

  55. DisenheartenedBucsFan Says:

    From your lips to God’s ears.

  56. Gamblers Anonymous Says:

    Yeah pretty absurd article. He is done for head coaching opps. Most likely once this current regime is fired en mass they will all have little to no opportunities in the NFL. TB will be lucky if he can get another d coordinator job and BL won’t be an o coordinator ever again.

  57. Dewey Selmon Says:

    He’ll be a Rooney rule interview and everyone will have their hopes up lol.

  58. Craig Says:

    I’ve been to Indianapolis and can’t see why anyone lives there. I still wouldn’t want to wish Leftie on them.

    I do want him to go away, but i will not wish such bad luck onto anyone, besides he is only half a step up the ladder from where they didn’t want to be.

  59. tampabayallday Says:


  60. Another j Says:

    Dear Indy,
    You can have him.

  61. Coquiro Says:

    Yes…please take him…tonight

  62. JeffreyLane77 Says:

    Maybe Bruce Arians saw the writing on the wall last year. That’s why he talked up Leftwich to the rest of the league. Way better to garner interest in someone and have them hired away. Than to fire them and have to pay out the contract.

  63. PassingThru Says:

    Leftwich would be a great hire. Indy is playing out a lost season, hiring Leftwich would ensure a top 3 draft pick.

  64. BigMacAttack Says:

    I wonder play he’ll run on first down. So many choices.

  65. sasquatch Says:

    There is no way Leftwich is on anyone’s list of HC candidates after this horrendous pile of sh!t they’ve dumped this year. I mean, maybe if they make a dramatic turnaround and average 30+ ppg down the stretch, someone will give him an interview… but I just don’t hear a bunch of players talking about Leftwich as a teacher, communicator, and motivator … and his game planning and play calling aren’t a strength. So what is he good at?

  66. Panhandle Buc Says:

    God I hope so! I’m sure many of us would offer free moving service!

  67. Kentucky Buc Says:


  68. Aaron Says:

    He should be in line for some job.

  69. D-Rok Says:

    Defense Rules Says:
    November 8th, 2022 at 7:50 pm
    “That’s strange. I saw a report this morning that Jeff Saturday HAD gotten the Colts’ head coaching job.”

    Yes, that’s a true report, DR, and just as bizarre, Saturday just made his OC a 30-year old college kid who’s never called a single play in the NFL, even tho there’s lots of coaches in that building with OC experience. Strange times in Indy, indeed.

  70. D-Rok Says:

    PS: Saturday has the INTERIM HC job, as Irsay made loud n clear at a presser. Tank mode.

  71. Darin Says:

    Khan couldn’t stomach the initial press conference if he hired Leftwich in Jax. We be who we be was his opening line. Let’s see if irsay can handle it. Please!

  72. Marine Buc Says:

    @ D-Rok

    I would love it if this crew in Indy actually pulls out a few wins and proves once and for all most “average joes” could probably do just as well in the NFL as the rest of these stooges…

    Byron Leftwhich?

    Come on man!!!!

  73. D-Rok Says:

    Can’t argue with your logic, Marine. At all.

  74. D-Rok Says:


    Frank Reich was a clutch player – epic come-back drives/games, and only Brady is probably better. He had a winning record as a coach, but when you lose HOF Manning, then your young new stud QB retires suddenly, what is ANY coach gonna do? I think Reich was a good coach and I’d much rather have him on our staff than Byron. Straight talk, straight facts, homey.

  75. D-Rok Says:

    *sorry, Reich had about 5 different QB’s after Luck retired. All were 1-years. I heard Reich was told by Irsay to bench Wentz and start that Eli kid. Reich was in handcuffs.

  76. D-Rok Says:

    You guys know, it just hit me how much I learned about the Colts listening to SXM for 30 minutes twice a day during my commute to work in the last week. Yet, I’ve learned nothing about our Bucs from the same outlet. Hmmmm.

  77. Redeemer Says:

    Keep in mind they’re tanking. Irsay knows Saturday will play ball. Having to deal with that Spaulding Smails every day must be depressing. He’s barely in front of the Commanders owner for slimiest owner in the league.

  78. Anonymous Says:


  79. T REX Says:

    I will hire 2 men and a truck…let’s make it happen

  80. AbucAway Says:

    Take him, please.
    (I say that without reading the comments. Now I’m going to read them and see how many have already said it)

  81. Arians4President Says:

    I’m not saying Leftwich should be a HC next year, but I still don’t understand in either current circumstances a
    or pre-2022 season circumstances why Houston hired Lovie over Leftwich.

    All that matters is what the owner wants. That’s it.

    So with that said, maybe someone should hire Logan Mankins or Donald Penn as head coach. Shoot, hire Mr. Met, who gives a s…

  82. John - Ocala Says:

    Offensive genius…. lmao

  83. DoooshLaRue Says:


    He’s that good ladies and gentlemen.

  84. Brandon Says:

    There’s a better chance that Arians goes down to Bowles office, if Byron leaves, and tells Todd that he’d be his OC if he wants him.