Byron Leftwich will use the same attacking philosophy as Bruce Arians: ‘I’m just risk-free, cookie-free too’

If there are any changes to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ offense this year, they won’t be noticeable. Byron Leftwich remains the offensive coordinator after failing to land the Jacksonville Jaguars head coaching job, but will take on more responsibility this season.

With Bruce Arians retired, Leftwich will assume command of the offensive game plan. The philosophy installed by the Arians over the past three seasons is not going to change.

“I guess I’m an offensive coordinator with an offensive-minded head coach, so guys think (Arians, the head coach, leads the offense,” Leftwich said Tuesday, via NFL.com.” But it was never anything, even close from the moment I entered, in 2019 with Jameis (Winston), it was me all the way.

“I’m just risk-free, cookie-free too. Same thing, same thing. Nothing will change. Everything should be status quo.”

The Buccaneers’ offense has been one of the best in the NFL over the past two seasons, becoming the only team in the league to score 1,000 points in the regular season (NFL leading 30.4 points per game). Tampa Bay also finished second in yards per game (395.3) and yards per game (6.1). The Buccaneers were also first in passing yards per game (298.6) and second in passing touchdowns (85).

Tampa Bay became the first franchise to have two different 5,000-yard passers in a season with Leftwich as offensive coordinator — Jameis Winston (2019) and Tom Brady (2021). Brady completed 66.7% of his passes for 9,949 yards with 83 touchdowns on just 24 interceptions for a passer rating of 102.1. Brady has the most passing yards and the second most passing touchdowns over the past two seasons.

The Buccaneers offense should still be explosive with Leftwich in charge — and the majority of personnel returning from the past two years. Tampa Bay even added Russell Gage to the list of talented receivers Brady can throw to. All the Buccaneers need is a return from Rob Gronkowski…

“We’re going to try to do our best to put ourselves in a position to score points and win football games,” Leftwich said. “Anything we can do from an attacking point of view to help us win, we will try to do. It doesn’t matter how well we achieve it.”

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