With all the attention paid to the lack of African American and minority head coaches in the National Football League (NFL), Super Bowl LV is taking place in the midst of this culture storm. The NFL had seven head coaching jobs come open.
Two minorities (one Black) got the call for a head coach. Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, as well as Kansas City Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy, should have been at the top of the line. Leftwich takes his turn at the Super Bowl LV Media Day availability to talk about everything from Tom Brady to coaching hires.
Both Leftwich and Bieniemy are Black and have guided their respective teams to this year’s Super Bowl. However, despite the backing of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and Tampa Bay’s Bruce Arians, neither man was ever considered a real serious head coaching candidate.
Leftwich started his coaching career with the Arizona Cardinals in 2016. For the last two seasons, Leftwich has worked as the offensive coordinator for Tampa Bay. Leftwich played nine seasons in the NFL, including stints with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Pittsburgh Steelers.
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