INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana –
Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter dropped a bit of a bomb on everyone the day after the season ended when he announced back in January that he was contemplating giving up the play-calling duties for next season.
Two months later, Koetter still hasn’t decided whether he’ll hold on to those all-important play-calling responsibilities or hand them off to someone else, but Koetter made it clear Wednesday that he will ask more of offensive coordinator Todd Monken this year.
“I am definitely going to get Todd Monken more involved in all aspects of running the offense,’’ Koetter said during a break at the NFL Scouting Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. “It’s time we start giving Todd more responsibility.’’
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Whether those responsibilities will ultimately include calling the plays is hard to say. Koetter reiterated the point he made in January, that he enjoys calling plays, but he added that he always intended for Monken to be more than a wide receiver’s coach.
“Todd’s first job when he got here, even with the offensive coordinator title, was to get in there with Mike Evans and get a relationship going with Mike and I think both of those guys responded in a great way,’’ Koetter said.
“I think you can see the difference in Mike’s play and a lot of the credit for that has to go to Mike but I also know how good of a receiver coach Todd is. But like I said, it’s time that we got him more involved in the offense.’’
Monken has been a coach on the offensive side of the ball for years and was a head coach for three years at Southern Mississippi before he jumped back to the NFL with the Bucs last year. He is no stranger to calling plays and running an offense.
That said, it was Koetter who orchestrated the most potent offensive attack the Bucs have ever had two years ago and it’s Koetter whom quarterback Jameis Winston clearly trusts as his play caller and has the best working relationship with.
Koetter is clearly wrestling with whether to give up the play-calling duties, but it’s not just because he likes that aspect of the job. This is one of those “if-it’s-not-broke-don’t-fix-it” situations and the last thing the Bucs want to do now is mess with success.