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Byron Leftwich is the next head coach in waiting on the Arizona Cardinals staff

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The Cardinals staff is teeming with talent, but maybe no one is as hot as Byron Leftwich.

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The question is often asked, who are the best head coaching candidates no one is talking about?

In the NFL, they come in waves. Hot coordinators become head coaches after a year or two of success and then either flame out and head back into the rank and file of the NFL coaching staff, or they cement their place in the NFL.

It is not often that a coach, in his first true NFL coaching job, begins with the hyperbole of being an up-and-coming head coach, but that is exactly what has been said about Byron Leftwich since he joined the Arizona Cardinals staff.

Don’t believe me, check the tape:

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Leftwich seems to be doing a fine job.

When you look at the start of the season, after Carson Palmer’s disastrous first game, the Cardinals quarterbacks have done a fairly nice job: 17 TDs to 11INTs, working with a bad offensive line, ineptness at wide receiver (outside of the always fantastic Larry Fitzgerald and the surprising Ricky Seals-Jones) and basically nothing from the run game.

Leftwich is especially responsible for the improvement in Blaine Gabbert, working with the young quarterback:

“[Leftwich has] adapted to it, and our quarterbacks lean on him heavily,” Arians said. “He’s had a major hand in developing Blaine and Carson [Palmer]also. I think the sky’s the limit for him as far as where he wants to go.”

Maybe the answer to who is next for the Arizona Cardinals is already on the staff.