Two weeks ago, the Cardinals got embarrassed by the Broncos on Thursday Night Football, 45-10. The Arizona front office decided that only putting up 10 points (not the 45 they gave up) was the reason they lost and immediately fired Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy. They then promoted QB Coach, Byron Leftwich, to OC. This reminded me of one thing: I haven’t heard about this guy in over 8 years. Glad to hear he’s doing alright. I still remember going to my first NFL game when I was 8. It was Titans vs. Jaguars and I called him Bryon Sandwich, because, if you can’t tell, I was pretty hilarious as a kid. So, what has this 6’5″ Marshall alum been up to?
After a great career with the Marshall Thundering Herd, Leftwich was drafted 7th overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He played there for 4 years where he had a disappointingly mediocre career. After he was traded away, he jumped around a lot, never staying in the same place for more than a year. In 2007, he went to the Falcons, next year to the Steelers, then to Tampa, back to Pittsburgh where he won a championship against the Cardinals. After that, he took a year off on the Injured Reserve before being signed for the third time by the Steelers for his last season.
After that… nothing.
I cannot find a single thing that Bryon Leftwich was doing between the years of 2012-2017. When I said earlier that I am glad to hear he is doing alright, I actually mean that because this dude was a missing person (like to football, not the police). I just assumed he was being a bad backup somewhere. Maybe even being a spokesperson for Crohn’s Disease with David Gerrard in Jacksonville. But I could not find anything.
He doesn’t resurface again until last year. In 2017, Leftwich was hired by Bruce Arians as the Quarterback Coach for the Arizona Cardinals and now works under Steve Wilks. Must be doing a spectacular job since he has already been promoted to OC after being with the program for only one year.
Nothing against Sandwich, but this is a wildly bananas hire. How in the world are you going to trust a guy whose only experience with an offense is being bad at QB and coaching bad QB’s? I guess he studied under Big Ben (who finally blocked me on Twitter) for a little while. So far, he has 5 QB’s under him. That’s more than the Browns have used in the last 2 years and I feel like that is not being talking about enough. QB’s include Carson Palmer, Drew Stanton, Blaine Gabbert, Sam Bradford, and Josh Rosen. Some real First-ballot Hall of Famer’s in this bunch. One guy who was decent, 3 guys the NFL cannot seem to get rid of, and one UCLA Tennis hopeful. I don’t see the logic in hiring him, but who am I to judge? After all, he is 1-0 as OC after beating the 49er’s last week. Welcome back, Byron.