Arians Believes Leftwich Will Be A Head Coach In Near Future

After deciding to retire from the NFL in 2013, former quarterback Byron Leftwich took a few years off before ultimately deciding his life’s work should include him coaching the game he played professionally for 10 years. To really nobody’s surprise, Leftwich landed with the Arizona Cardinals in 2016 as a coaching intern and he began his apprenticeship under head coach Bruce Arians, who coached him several seasons when the two were with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Leftwich’s 2016 internship must have gone well as Arians hired him to be the team’s new quarterbacks coach this past January. While the former first-round draft pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars probably still has a lot to learn about coaching in the NFL, Arians let it be known recently that he believes the now 37-year-old Marshall product has a bright future ahead of him.

“He’ll be a head coach early and fast,” Arians said recently of Leftwich, according to Darren Urban of

While that certainly is some high praise from Arians, one must think that Leftwich is still several years away from potentially being an NFL head coach. Assuming all goes well as the Cardinals new quarterbacks coach, one can easily speculate that Leftwich might become an offensive coordinator in the next few years. From there, his level of success at such a high-profile coaching job will likely determine how soon he’s considered a legitimate head coaching candidate.

Currently, former Steelers offensive line assistant coach Harold Goodwin is the offensive coordinator in Arizona but with that said, it’s not hard to speculate that Arians still has a big hand in the play-calling. Arians, however, has a recent history of health-related issues and thus his coaching career could be coming to an end in the very near future.

For all we know, Leftwich might ultimately decide he wants to be a college head coach down the line, but for now, however, he’s just happy that Arians has given him his first NFL coaching job.

“I played the game as if I was a coach,” Leftwich said. “I never really had the physical ability to run around. I could throw the ball, but I had to think my way through the whole time. I think (Arians) understood that and appreciated my knowledge, how much work I put into the game.”

  • John Noh

    Charlie looks more like the coach in this photo. Lefty looks more like a lurker.

  • Steelers12

    i always thought Batch, Ryan Clark and James Farrior were head coaching material

  • rystorm06

    Yeah I think Batch would be good for that kind of job imo. I always thought he could have been a great QB if he wasn’t so injury prone in his career. But you couldn’t ask for a better backup QB that you can count on to win a few games if Ben was out.

  • dany

    I’m sure Marshall would like him to coach there, if only because of his iconic broken leg game

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I’d start Byron over Landry right now.

  • John Noh

    Charlie leading them to the 3 – 1 start in 2010 was damn impressive. I cannot believe Dennis Dixon was the first backup QB that year though.

  • Douglas Andrews

    I always liked Lefty. Seemed like a good all around team guy. I wish him the best in his coaching career.

  • Luis Grove

    Good for Byron, I always liked his demeanor…Good luck young fella

  • Luis Grove

    You would quickly get fired

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Lol! Probably! 😂😂😂

  • Matt Manzo

    Only film he should ever have to show his players is the drive when his Olineman had to carry him down the field!

  • Charles atkins

    Skoolhouseroxx don’t listen to Luis Grove I agree I would rather have Leftwich or Vince young over Landry Jones …Colin would definitely be a better option!

  • Conserv_58

    Not me. Leftwich wouldn’t get through the first series uninjured and be out for the game, thus prompting Tomlin to put Landry in anyways.

  • Conserv_58

    As the Steelers OC, Ariens treated the RB position like a red headed step child, until Art II told him to improve the running game. Ariens eliminated the FB position. Rashard Mendenhall ask him for a FB and it fell on deaf ears.

    As for Leftwich being a head coach some day, good for him.

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  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Funny all the same! I’ve always liked Byron tho! Probably my favorite backup behind Ben!

  • thomas hmmmm

    The oline carrying him down the field will always be iconic and one of the greatest sporting feats i have ever seen.

  • thomas hmmmm

    Young? You would take a mentally unstable guy to play the most mentally challenging position in the game over someone who is mentally stable and has shown he has the mental aspects of the game down? I’d take Landry over Young. Young might have the physical ability that Landry lacks but he doesnt have thementsl makeuo needed and that is more important. Hence the reason Young is not a starter anywhere. Not even sure if Young is still in the league.

  • thomas hmmmm

    I liked Byron also but Batch was Mr. Dependable at the backup spot.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I liked Batch as well, but Leftwich had that arm!