Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich has emerged as a potential candidate to take over the offense at Notre Dame.

Leftwich, who ordered plays for the Buccaneers for the past four seasons, approached Irish head coach Marcus Freeman last week and remains a «serious candidate» for the job, according to a report. 247Sports report.

Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady sits with offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich during the NFC Wild Card game against the Dallas Cowboys on January 16, 2023 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady sits with offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich during the NFC Wild Card game against the Dallas Cowboys on January 16, 2023 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Notre Dame is looking for its next play after Tommy Rees reportedly took the same position in Alabama last Friday.

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Leftwich was sacked after the 2022 NFL Season in which the Buccaneers struggled on offense, scoring just 18.4 points per game before losing in the first round of the NFL playoffs.

«We appreciate the hard work and contributions all of these coaches have made to our successes over the past four seasons,» Bucs head coach Todd Bowles said in a statement.

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Offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich was fired after the 2022 NFL season in which the Tampa Bay Buccaneers struggled offensively.

Offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich was fired after the 2022 NFL season in which the Tampa Bay Buccaneers struggled offensively. (Mike Ehrman/Getty Images)

«As a collective group, we did not meet the high standards that had been set for last year and my focus now is on doing what is necessary to ensure a successful 2023 season. Those were very difficult decisions, but I felt it was necessary.» for our soccer team in the future.»

Leftwich was one of the hottest names after the 2021 season, interviewing for head coaching vacancies with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints.

In 2020, the Bucs were third in the NFL in points per game (30.8) and won the Super Bowl in Tom Brady’s first season in Tampa Bay.

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For Notre Dame, the search for a new offensive coordinator It comes as Freeman prepares to enter his second season as head coach in South Bend, Indiana.

Battling Irish offensive coordinator Tommy Rees during the Blue-Gold spring football game on April 23, 2022, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana.

Battling Irish offensive coordinator Tommy Rees during the Blue-Gold spring football game on April 23, 2022, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

His first year as head coach got off to a brutal start, going 0-2. before notre dame they won nine of their last 11 games to finish the year 9-4.

Under Rees, the Fighting Irish averaged 31.8 points per game and 396 yards per game in 2022.

Rees spent the last three seasons as OC for Fighting Irish.