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Byron Leftwich takes over as Cardinals QB coach; Stump Mitchell leaves staff

Byron Leftwich (right) is coaching with the Cardinals this offseason. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports)

The Arizona Cardinals’ coaching staff is undergoing a bit of a change, according to a report.

As first reported by Sporting News’Alex Marvez, Byron Leftwich is now the team’s quarterbacks coach, while Freddie Kitchens has moved from coaching QBs to coaching running backs.

Stump Mitchell, who had been Arizona’s running backs coach, has left the team.

Leftwich is not new to Arizona’s staff, as he was a coaching intern for the 2016 season. Prior to becoming a coach, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2003 draft (coincidentally, the same draft where Carson Palmer was chosen first overall) out of Marshall played quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons, Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In nine seasons, Leftwich completed 57.9 percent of his passes for 10,532 yards with 58 touchdowns and 42 interceptions.

Kitchens has been with the Cardinals since 2007, when he joined as the team’s tight ends coach. He held that role until 2013, when he was moved over to quarterbacks.

Mitchell, who played for the Cardinals from 1981 to 1989, joined the team’s coaching staff in 2013.


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