1. Byron Leftwich, offensive coordinator, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Byron Leftwich is a hot offensive coordinator who proved over the years why he should be a head coach. He’s part of a team that sat down with Tom Brady and developed a system that saw Tom Brady adapt to their air-it-out style.
Under Leftwich, Brady has the second-highest completion percentage of his career. He’s a coach that relies on the running game, especially in the postseason, as evident by the usage rate of Leonard Fournette.
Some may argue the notion that he doesn’t call plays. I’ll repeat what I’ve said about other coaches. Don’t get too caught up in whether or not Leftwich calls plays. Leftwich is a galvanizing fiery leader who knows how to relate to players. In fact, while on the I Am Athlete podcast, LeSean McCoy praised his former coach for caring about his players.
"“That’s the first team I ever played on where Byron Leftwich . . . in like week 13 or 14, he said, ‘Anyone got any incentives in your contract? If you do, let me know. I’ll try to get you your paper because I’m all about that… I love that type of coach.”"
There’s some incentive for returning to a place where he didn’t succeed as a player. During his playing days, he wasn’t the most well-received. Some within the organization didn’t want him as a starting quarterback.
As a former first-round pick, he didn’t live up to expectations for whatever reason. How vindicating would it be for him to come in and help the team that drafted him to succeed?