It turns out the Bucs having more yards than any team on offense in the NFL in 2018 has landed their offensive coordinator a new gig.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport says that former Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken will join the new staff a Freddie Kitchens in the same role with the Cleveland Browns:
Source: Former #Bucs OC Todd Monken is headed to Cleveland. He’s agreed to terms with the #Browns to be their offensive coordinator. Along with the coming hire of Steve Wilks as DC, that’s a high-powered staff.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 14, 2019
Monken, who’s been the offensive coordinator in Tampa Bay for the last three seasons will get the opportunity to work with former number one overall pick QB Baker Mayfield. Mayfield rallied the Browns down the stretch of the season, where they won five of their remaining seven games under interim head coach Greg Williams and with Kitchens having been promoted to offensive coordinator.
Mayfield flourished with Kitchens finishing with over 3,700 yards passing 27 TDs and 14 INTs in his 14 games played.
After a series of interviews, including with Monken for head coach, Kitchens, a long time NFL assistant himself, was given his first head coaching job by Cleveland Friday.
As for Monken, he took over the play-calling duties with the Buccaneers to begin 2018. And backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick lit up the New Orleans Saints and the Philadelphia Eagles to start the season throwing for 400 yards in each victory.
Even though the Bucs floundered after that with Fitzpatrick and Jameis Winston both coming in and out of the lineup, the Bucs passing game in particular was tremendous. Wide receiver Mike Evans finished third in the NFL in receiving yards. And, the Bucs further did damage with big plays from DeSean Jackson, second-year tight end O.J. Howard and second-year wide receiver Chris Godwin throughout the year. The Bucs finished with just over 5,100 yards setting a franchise record.
Monken was apparently also very impressive in interviews with teams like the Green Bay Packers the Cincinnati Bengals and the New York Jets for their head coaching vacancies. Even though he did not end up with any of those jobs, he is considered head coach material down the road.
This is in part because, Monken was previously a successful college coach at Southern Mississippi. That’s where he tutored now San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens, and the Golden Eagles had a nine-win season in 2015 making the Conference USA Championship Game and a bowl game.
Monken was also an NFL receivers coach before that with the Jacksonville Jaguars under then Jags OC Dirk Koetter.
Koetter brought Monken to Tampa Bay 3 years ago to coordinate the offense and eventually called the plays this season.
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