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If Byron Leftwich leaves, Bruce Arians may take over playcalling in Tampa

Tom Brady led a valiant Bucs comeback attempt, but Matthew Stafford, Cooper Kupp and the Rams pulled out a win in the final moments to claim a spot in the NFC Championship.

It’s unclear whether Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady will be back in 2022. It’s also unclear whether Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich will return next season.

If Leftwich gets a head-coaching job, who will call the plays in Tampa Bay? Coach Bruce Arians hinted that it may be him.

“There would be a really good chance [of me calling plays], yes,” Arians said Monday, via

Arians has delegated plenty of work to Leftwich and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles since emerging from his second retirement in 2019. If Brady stays, calling plays becomes easier.

If Brady goes, well, that changes everything.