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Carolina Panthers could target Byron Leftwich

Byron Leftwich was among the hottest head coaching candidates this time last year. However, no team was willing to take a chance on the former quarterback despite the Jacksonville Jaguars getting close before he pulled his name out of the running.

Leftwich hasn’t found life as easy this time around with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They remain in remote control of the NFC South almost by default given how woeful the division is, so it’s arguably the first time in his coaching career that significant criticism is coming his way.

There is enough to suggest Leftwich can turn things around. But the regression of legendary quarterback Tom Brady cannot be ignored. It would be a shock if this team managed to make their presence felt in the postseason even if they end up with another divisional title.

If the Bucs move on from Todd Bowles after just one season, landmark changes would be afoot. This could also be Brady’s last season after his brief retirement earlier this year and the recent lucrative deal he signed to become a FOX Sports analyst when he eventually hangs up his cleats.

Leftwich and Steve Wilks have a history from their time together at the Arizona Cardinals. This would represent a coup for the Carolina Panthers and one that could propel this inconsistent offense to greater heights moving forward.

Should Leftwich become available, then Wilks shouldn’t hesitate to get him on board if he wins the head coaching job on a permanent basis.

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