NFL: an avalanche of dismissals at the Buccaneers


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers began cleaning up their coaching staff on Thursday, showing offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and seven other coaches the way out.

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No less than four deputies responsible for the attack, two others in defense and the head of special teams have been sacked. Quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen, offensive assistant Rick Christophel and outside linebackers coach Bob Sanders have chosen retirement.

“We thank these coaches for their hard work and contributions that have brought us success over the past four seasons. As a group, we did not meet the high standards we set ourselves for this year. I am now focused on doing what it takes to ensure that we have a successful 2023,” head coach Todd Bowles said in a statement, saying he made difficult but necessary decisions.

It all follows a disappointing run for quarterback Tom Brady’s lineup. Despite trailing 8-9, she captured the NFL National Association South title only to lose to the Dallas Cowboys in the first round of the playoffs.

A former Goodell Tour pivot, Leftwich had been in charge since 2019. His offense has struggled despite Brady’s presence in 2022, especially on land. The Bucs’ rushing game was last in the league with 76.9 rushing yards averaged per game. The club’s inefficiency in this regard forced the number 12 to throw more passes: in Monday’s setback, he attempted 66.



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