The Chicago Bears contacted at least 15 general managers and 10 coaching candidates for interviews. While they go through this process, we look at each potential employee.
Byron Leftwich was interviewed by the coach at Thursday’s opening, the team said.
<знак класса="hl_orange">Byron Leftwich
Title: Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator
Leftwich was the Bucks’ offensive coordinator under coach Bruce Arians for three seasons, including during the 2020 race to win Super Bowl LV in Tom Brady’s first season in Tampa, Florida.
In Leftwich’s first season with the Bucks in 2019, he led the best passing yards per game as Jameis Winston threw for 5,109 yards, 33 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. The Bucks have finished second and first in the NFL in the last two seasons with Brady, respectively.
Leftwich began his career with the Arians and Arizona Cardinals as a trainee in 2016 before becoming quarterbacks coach in 2017 and offensive coordinator in 2018.
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Leftwich started 50 games and played 60 in nine seasons as a quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, and Bucks. In his career, he threw for 10,532 yards with 58 touchdown passes, 42 interceptions, and a 78.9 passer rating. He finished sixth in Heisman Trophy voting in his senior season at Marshall.
As a player, Leftwich only played one game against the Bears, a 22-3 victory for the Jaguars in 2004. Levwich threw for 242 yards, touched down twice and intercepted Nathan Vasher.
What was said
Arians was upset that Leftwich did not give an interview to the head coach last year at this time.
“He has everything that everyone is supposedly looking for – a quarterback, a playcaller, and he is African American, so I mean, I don’t know what else you are looking for,” Arians said before the Super Bowl. “He is a great leader.
“I was very, very angry that Byron didn’t at least get an interview this year for the work he did. I get too much attention, like Tom Brady, for Byron’s work.”