Buccaneers OC Byron Leftwich says it’s ‘very important’ for the team to know Jameis Winston is the starter
Tampa Bay Buccaneers new offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich has his work cut out for him as he will need to learn an entirely new group of players and find ways to turn the offense around. One thing is for sure so far for the Buccaneers and it’s the certainty of Jameis Winston holding onto the team’s starting quarterback position.
According to Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk, Leftwich wants all of the players in the Buccaneers locker room to know that Winston will be the team’s starting quarterback. There is no question at this point where the Buccaneers offense is heading,
“I think it’s a very important thing. I’ve been in as a quarterback going through this league. I’ve been through the highs of highs and the lows of lows, right? So I always tell guys that I’ve been through the blender. I’ve been the franchise quarterback, and then I was the guy that nobody said can ever play and that’s just part of playing quarterback in this business. As a team, the locker room knows who the quarterback of this football team is; we know who the quarterback of this football team is.”
Leftwich filled in as the offensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals in 2018 after the team fired Mike McCoy. Leftwich had his work cut out for him with a rookie quarterback, a banged-up offensive line, and a lack of playmakers to work with. Leftwich was left relying on running back David Johnson and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, but often times the offense was stagnant.