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Arizona Cardinals tab Byron Leftwich as quarterbacks coach

By The Sports Xchange
Former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich looks to the scoreboard near the end of the fourth quarter of the Baltimore Raven 13-10 win at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on November 18, 2012. UPI/Archie Carpenter
1 of 3 | Former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich looks to the scoreboard near the end of the fourth quarter of the Baltimore Raven 13-10 win at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on November 18, 2012. UPI/Archie Carpenter | License Photo

Former NFL quarterback Byron Leftwich was named quarterbacks coach of the Arizona Cardinals on Friday.

Leftwich, a 10-year veteran and former first-round draft pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars, will succeed Freddie Kitchens, who was shifted to Arizona's running backs coach.

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The 37-year-old Leftwich spent his final three seasons (2010-12) as a backup quarterback with Pittsburgh, when current Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians served as the offensive coordinator for the Steelers.

The No. 7 overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, Leftwich made 44 starts in his first four seasons with Jacksonville but was primarily a backup during stints with Pittsburgh, Atlanta and Tampa Bay.

Kitchens served as Arizona's quarterbacks coach for the past six seasons. In 2015, Carson Palmer established franchise records for passing yards (4,671), touchdown passes (35) and passer rating (104.6).

Kitchens was the tight ends coach with the Cardinals for four seasons prior to taking over as quarterbacks coach. He also spent one season on the staff of the Dallas Cowboys (2006).

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