Jacksonville Jaguars: Five ideal coaching fits to pair with Trevor Lawrence

2021 NFL Draft prospect Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
2021 NFL Draft prospect Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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Byron Leftwich, Jacksonville Jaguars, Trevor Lawrence
Offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) /

Byron Leftwich

If the Jacksonville Jaguars want to go with a familiar face then there might not be a better option than Byron Leftwich. Leftwich played in Jacksonville from 2003-2006, starting 44 games for the Jags with a 24-20 record under center. However, Jacksonville might not be the only former team of Leftwich looking to bring him back.

Playing his college ball at Marshall, Leftwich has been a name rumored with that opening as well with a potential return to his alma mater. If you really want to go deep into the books, he played a season with the Atlanta Falcons, starting two games in 2007, and they have an opening as well.

While Leftwich is an intriguing young candidate to be a future head coach, he only has five years of coaching experience. In 2016, he began as an intern with the Arizona Cardinals under Bruce Arians before moving to quarterbacks coach in 2017. When Arians retired, Steve Wilks kept Leftwich on staff, promoting him to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

When Wilks was fired from Arizona and Arians hired in Tampa Bay, Leftwich followed Arians, keeping the title of offensive coordinator with the Buccaneers. Now, he’s worked with a list of Josh Rosen, Jameis Winston and Tom Brady as an offensive coordinator.

For Leftwich, the decision could come down to how much of the offensive success does a team believes is him and what they believe is Arians. With Arizona in 2018, Leftwich’s offense ranked last in the league in more than one category. However, those numbers jumped up into single digits under Arians.

While the storyline of a homecoming would be nice for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Byron Leftwich, he doesn’t seem like the coach to lead Trevor Lawrence into his NFL career. While he seems like a potential fit for the Jags, that might not be the same story with Lawrence. However, we’ve witnessed crazier things happen.