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Bucs OC Byron Leftwich to Jaguars?

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As the Buccaneers prepare to play their final game of the 2020 season, their offensive coordinator will be getting some attention about a 2020 head coaching job. And, one probable vacancy in North Florida may be just the opportunity that fits for Byron Leftwich.

More on that in a moment.

First, Leftwich came aboard with Coach Bruce Arians to start the year in Tampa Bay and in his first full year as play caller has an offensive attack with quarterback Jameis Winston and WRs Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, that has done damage weekly throughout this season.

The Bucs are currently third in the NFL in yardage and also third (29.1 avg) in points per game and they have had 11 games where they have put at least 30 points on the board.

One could even argue that with Winston’s awful league-leading 28 interceptions, Leftwich has done an even more remarkable job of calling plays and putting the Bucs in position to succeed despite repeatedly being in a hole early in games.

Now, we come to the NFL “coaching carousel” that is about to commence starting next week. There is already a vacancy in Carolina and will probably be at least 3-4 more by the time the Cowboys, Giants and yes, likely the Jags make moves.

And, because the obvious trend has been recently to hire young offensive coordinators, as first time head coaches (McVay in L.A., LaFleur in Green Bay, and Taylor in Cincy to name three), things are lining up at the right time for Leftwich.

And, particularly, for him in a place where he was the former number one pick at QB himself, the Jacksonville Jaguars.

It’s not for certain that owner Shad Khan will make a coaching move but, as we wrote on Saturday he’s had to deny that Doug Marrone is already already fired before their final game is played with the Colts Sunday

We do know the VP of football, Tom Coughlin, is already gone. And, a bad showing Sunday by the Jaguars in their finale at home with the Colts, could mean a coach search will start.

Leftwich would definitely be a popular move with the fans who remember him leading them to his the playoffs in his third season a 2005.

And, in working with Winston and the Bucs, he obviously has now demonstrated his abilities as a coordinator to possibly work with Nick Foles, rookie Gardner Minshew, and possibly a draft pick next year, too.

Does Leftwich want to leave the comfort zone with Arians so soon? Would he covet the Jaguars job over another possible opening?

The carousel will be spinning soon.

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Bucs coach Arians again non-committal Tuesday on QB Winston

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It’s become increasingly apparent, that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are ready to move on from potential free agent quarterback Jameis Winston. And Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, coach Bruce Arians gave the latest example that he and the Buccaneers front office will look at the other options available first.

Arians spoke at a podium on numerous subjects, but the most prominent is what Tampa Bay will do in the coming days with Winston?

Arians was asked directly about potential for a franchise tag for his starter a year ago and what the Bucs might proceed to do? But, he refused to endorse that option on the former number one overall pick Winston. And, the Bucs coach maintained that the team will possibly us the franchise tag for defensive end Shaq Barrett.

Further, Arians gave a pointed specific answer on Winston’s poor play last December as the team finished 7-9 and that has the team looking at other options,

Arians has consistently refused back Winston since the off-season began. This included at an NFL coaching seminar earlier this month in Tampa. He said to the media at that time:

“Really nothing has changed,” Arians said. “What’s Door No. 2? You know? Can we make the one we have better? All those things you go through right now.”

“You’re just sitting there waiting to see is there someone available? … Is he a better option? 

The Buccaneers faltered in the middle of the season to drop to 3-7 and then, Winston and Co. blew its final two games to finish 7 – 9 with Winston throwing a career-high 30 interceptions.

After their final loss at home to Atlanta in overtime, where Winston threw the game losing “pick six,” Arians was candid after the final game by saying about Winston’s play that it would have to be evaluated pass by pass and game by game in the off-season. Further, he told the media then, that there “was some great and some terrible…. and you have to decide, if the great outweighs the terrible.”

While Winston did throw for a career-high 5000 + yards in 2019, his interceptions and total turnovers continued to be his downfall throughout the season. The Buccaneers finished 1 – 6 in games against teams with winning records and Winston had 17 total turnovers in those seven games. He finished with the 30 picks that included 10 of them in the Bucs final four games.

Tampa Bay obviously will have the opportunity to go after a free agent quarterback or two, as there is much speculation about the likes of Tom Brady with the Patriots. Plus, Philip Rivers will not be re-signed by the Chargers and is available come March. And, now that Drew Brees has announced he wants to play at least one more year for the Saints, their backup Teddy Bridgewater will be in demand on the market.

The Bucs are also continuing the evaluating the QB class for the Draft the next few days in Indy, which could have some interesting names still available in the second and third rounds and beyond.

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Bucs confirmed Monday they will have new uniforms in 2020

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On Monday, the Bucs confirmed what they have been hinting at, they will have new uniforms in 2020. But the real question is: what does “new” mean in this instance?

First, the team released another video with clues about them intending to change their uniform and potentially alter their logo:

The Bucs also released a statement through their website confirming that April will be the unveiling of the new uniforms, as well as, potential new color scheme, logo, etc. and had these comments from co – owner, Ed Glazer:

“We have heard the feedback from our fans loud and clear and have been working with the NFL and our league partners at Nike to usher in a new look as we enter this next decade of Buccaneers football. We look forward to revealing more details in the near future about our official unveiling event which will take place later this spring.”

As we wrote earlier this month, the Buccaneers have been hinting at trying to enhance their uniforms and there is some belief there will be more orange, the original color of the franchise. There is also educated speculation that the team may go back to a white helmet, which will enable them to have “throwback uniform games” that they’ve not been able to have for the last seven seasons.

This is because under league concussion protocol, players must have the same helmet all season and the Bucs primary one has been pewter in color since their chance in colors and logo in 1997,

The Bucs last altered their uniforms in 2014 by brightening the color red and slightly changing the logo and making it bigger on their pewter helmet. Teammates Ryan Jensen and Mike Evans are shown in the current color scheme, etc. above.

NFL teams have to submit changes in their colors and logos a year in advance. So obviously, this has been in the works for the Glazer family that owns the team for some time.

It should be noted that the Buccaneers NFC South Rivals, the Atlanta Falcons, have already made mention that they are changing their uniforms and color scheme. And, it’s believed that they will go back in 2020 to their original base color of red including possibly red helmets and potentially, primarily gray pants that they wore for over twenty years.

The Falcons have had black helmets for the better part of 30 years going back to Jerry Glanville changing the color scheme to primarily black jerseys in his days at the Falcons coach in the early 1990s.

Back to the Bucs. There is no other team in the NFL that has orange as their primary jersey color. The Bengals Broncos and Browns have occasionally worn orange “alternate jerseys” but not full time.

So, if the Glazers are again embracing a change to mostly orange jerseys, it will be unique. The video Monday showed a red jersey on a sewing machine, which could be a clue or could be misdirection of what the team actually intends to unveil in April.

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