Add another name into the Jets' coaching mix: Buccaneers' offensive coordinator Todd Monken.Monken became the third man the Jets requested to interview on Monday afternoon, as their coaching search to replace Todd Bowles rolls on. Monken joins Chiefs' offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and Cowboys' passing game coordinator/defensive backs coach Kris Richard in that mix so far.It’s a somewhat interesting move, given the Buccaneers' lack of success this season; head coach Dirk Koetter was fired after Tampa Bay went 5-11 this season. But offense wasn’t the Bucs' issue – Monken’s unit ranked third in yards per game and 12th in points per game.Jets' coaching search: Day 1At age 52, Monken doesn’t exactly fit the recent NFL trend of young coaching hires. But he has seen a rapid rise over the past few seasons, moving from Oklahoma State offensive coordinator in 2011-12 to Southern Miss head coach from 2013-15 before making the jump to Tampa Bay in 2016. Landing … [Read more...] about Jets throw Buccaneers’ Todd Monken into coaching mix
TAMPA — Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter said Friday during his weekly radio show that offensive coordinator Todd Monken will resume offensive playcalling duties for Sunday's road game against the New York Giants.Koetter took over playcalling duties in last week's 16-3 loss to Washington as the Bucs produced their lowest scoring output of the season despite accumulating 501 total offensive yards.Earlier this week, Koetter explained why he took over the playcalling, saying he wanted to focus on establishing the running game early to maintain a time-of-possession edge to allow the Bucs defense more time off the field.And the Bucs had a significant time of possession edge over Washington and moved the ball effectively. But they failed to score a touchdown in five trips to the red zone, in part because of four turnovers.The Bucs still currently rank No. 1 in the league in total offense with 452.8 total yards per game. With Monken calling the plays over the first eight games, the Bucs … [Read more...] about Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said OC Todd Monken will call plays against Giants
Add offensive coordinator Todd Monken to the list of coaches who believe Ryan Fitzpatrick gives the Bucs a better chance to win than Jameis Winston.Fitzpatrick will make his third start in a row and seventh of the season Sunday against the Giants, even though he has committed five turnovers in the past two games.Winston was benched after throwing 10 interceptions in a little more than 3-1/2 games.When asked if the Bucs had given up on Winston, Monken indicated the only focus was on winning Sunday and trying to keep their jobs."I think it's more about Fitz," Monken said. "I think it's more about this week. I think it's week to week, and I know everybody says that. But at the end of the day, that's what we're paid to do, to make those decisions. Every day, decisions you make in terms of who plays, the plan you put together to try and score against an opponent. Everybody has a job to do within this organization and they're held accountable to those decisions they make."So at this … [Read more...] about Bucs’ Todd Monken on decision to play Ryan Fitzpatrick: We keep our jobs by winning’
Before Thursday night you probably hadn't heard of Nick Mullens.The second-year quarterback started the season on the 49ers practice squad and if not for an injury to Jimmy Garoppolo might still be there waiting to throw his first pass in a professional game.He finally got a chance to throw one, as well as 21 others Thursday night. In what was the best debut by a 49ers quarterback in team history, he completed 16 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns and led San Francisco to a 34-3 win over Oakland. Joe Montana and Steve Young threw for 116 yards and one touchdown combined in their debuts.Mullens, who signed with the 49ers in 2017 as an undrafted free agent, became the 12th player since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to throw at least three touchdowns in his first game. The last players to do it: Marcus Mariota (in 2015 against the Bucs) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (in 2005).Credit 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan.Credit Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken, too.Monken recruited Mullens to … [Read more...] about Who is Nick Mullens? Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken knows
TAMPA — Todd Monken is calling the offensive plays for the Bucs. More importantly, they are working.Fifty-six points scored in two preseason games is evidence of that.Will it continue?The scoring might, but there is no plan for head coach Dirk Koetter to give up the play-calling this season.That said, Monken has made the most of his opportunity. First, he was asked to give up his other duties as the wide receivers coach to concentrate full time on his job as offensive coordinator.RELATED: More Bucs coverageSecondly, he became another voice in the helmet of Bucs quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick, which at least allows for a change to be made at any point during the regular season if Koetter ever decided to go that route."I'm grateful to have the opportunity,'' Monken said. "It started in the off-season with being able to call it out here. The quarterbacks hearing your voice, getting used to calling plays. Then the next step is how you do in two-minute. So now you've … [Read more...] about Todd Monken’s plays are working. Here’s why and what it means for the Bucs.