Saints interested in speaking with division rival’s offensive coordinator

Byron Leftwich (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Byron Leftwich (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

With the news of Sean Payton opting to step away from coaching, the New Orleans Saints have turned their eye to a familiar man to fill the void.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, New Orleans have become interested in speaking to Byron Leftwich, offensive coordinator of their divisional rivals, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Saints have officially requested permission to speak to Leftwich.

Leftwich fits the offensive mold

Leftwich, who dealt with the offensive side of the ball for Super Bowl winning Buccaneers for the past three seasons, has led Tampa to a top three offensive finish each year that he’s been with the franchise.

Also, stated by Schefter, the Saints are attempting to cast a relatively small net in their coaching search. Along with Leftwich, the Saints are reportedly considering Aaron Glenn, defensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions, and Dennis Allen, the Saints current defensive signal-caller.

The Saints will ultimately have to act fast if they want to get their hands on Leftwich. The brilliant offensive mind recently interviewed for the head coaching vacancy over in Jacksonville. As of now, Leftwich left a lasting impression with the Jaguars as he was interviewed for a second time sometime yesterday afternoon.

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