For NFL teams, it never does much good to dwell on what could have been. A lot of franchises probably wish they hadn't passed on Tom Brady back in the 2000 draft, but that hasn't made their respective paths to success any easier over the past couple of decades.
Fans can't change history either, but mulling over missed opportunities can at least be fun. Today, we're going to examine seven moves we wish we would have seen this offseason because they'd have made sense, and, well, they'd have upped the entertainment value of the 2022 season, too.
These hypothetical moves work from a logistical standpoint and are based on factors like team needs, team goals and any relevant buzz—though some are largely for our own amusement.
Each of them could have happened, and each entry is based on a trade, hiring, signing or draft selection that did. Players who weren't traded or available won't be on the list.
Let's get a little wild and look at how different the NFL landscape could be following the draft.
Jaguars Hire Byron Leftwich as Head Coach
Doug Pederson is a fine choice as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. He's a Super Bowl winner, and at one time, he coached Carson Wentz into being a Pro Bowl player. If the Jaguars' top goal is to develop quarterback Trevor Lawrence—and it should be—they could have done much worse.
Yet, it would have been a lot more entertaining to see Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich land the gig. He was among the finalists but ultimately removed himself from consideration.
"Obviously, that didn't work out," he told reporters. "I'm just happy to be here, happy to be here with the group, going into our fourth year together. Can't wait to get to work with these guys."
Leftwich in Jacksonville would have been fun for a couple of reasons. For starters, he's a former Jaguar who started 44 games in four years for the franchise. Jacksonville has only made the postseason three times this century, and Leftwich (8-3 as a starter that season) helped deliver one of those berths in 2005.
With a 24-20 starting record in Jacksonville, Leftwich was one of the franchise's best quarterbacks, and fans would have enjoyed seeing him back in the black and teal.
Secondly, it would have been exciting to see Leftwich go from coaching the G.O.A.T. in Brady to coaching Lawrence, who is arguably the most heavily-hyped quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck. We want to see Lawrence succeed, and Leftwich likely has several valuable lessons to share after overseeing Brady the past two seasons.
At least we'll get to see Leftwich continue coaching Brady, which will be pretty fun, too.