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NFL: Jaguars primed to pounce for Leftwich

Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich could soon be named head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars - the team he played quarterback for from 2003 to 2006.

The Jaguars finished the 2021 season with the worst record in the NFL and are widely expected to select Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, who is 8/5 to be the No.1 overall pick, in this spring's draft.

First pick preference

It's the second year in a row that Jacksonville has owned the first pick and the new head coach appointment will be key to the development of their standout 2021 selection - quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

Leftwich, 41, has just completed his third season leading a potent Buccaneers offense - albeit featuring a quarterback older than himself in Tom Brady.

The Tampa Bay Times' Bucs beat writer Rick Stroud tweeted his belief that Leftwich was now close to landing the role in Jacksonville.

"Hearing there are some items left to clear up contractually, but both Byron Leftwich and Jacksonville are trying to finalize an agreement to make him the Jaguars next head coach," he stated on the social media platform.

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Eberflus still in the mix

Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus was another name still in the mix, according to ESPN's senior NFL insider Adam Schefter, who tweeted that the Jags "are not close to a deal with anyone at this time, per sources."

With the Las Vegas Raiders requesting permission to interview Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles this week, the former Super Bowl champions could be looking senior staff on both sides of the ball in the next few weeks.

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