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Buccaneers fire OC Byron Leftwich after 31-14 Wild Card loss to Cowboys

The move was rumored shortly after the Wild Card game ended.

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have officially parted ways with offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Thursday.

According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Leftwich won’t be the only casualty of the Buccaneers’ 8-9 finish and Wild Card loss.

Leftwich has served as the Buccaneers’ offensive coordinator since 2019. Last offseason, he was in consideration for head coaching roles, but this season, the Buccaneers offense was underwhelming. The Bucs ranked fifth in passing yards, but were middle of the pack for passing touchdowns with 26 all season. They were seventh in rushing yards, but dead last in rushing touchdowns with five. Yards don’t matter if you can’t put points on the board.

The move is not a surprise: Rumors that Leftwich would be let go started circulating shortly after the Wild Card matchup ended on Monday night.

So now Todd Bowles will get to build his own offensive staff. We’ll update this story as more details become available.