When you boil down the decision to make Todd Monken the Bucs' full-time offensive coordinator, no longer holding him also responsible for coaching receivers, you're left with this: Jameis Winston may need a new voice in his ear. Not a louder voice. Not one that will necessarily deliver a new message. And for now, at least, head coach Dirk Koetter still will be communicating the plays to the Bucs' quarterback on Sunday. But the Bucs first lieutenant is, as Koetter will tell you, 'a quarterbacks coach at heart.' So inasmuch as the stated reason for Monken becoming a full-time offensive coordinator is to enable him a chance to impact more players, his biggest counsel may be for the one player who makes the whole team go. "He has mentioned that maybe it would be good after three years that Jameis has a fresh voice,'' Monken said. "I know we talked about that where it is just hearing it from somebody else. We'll see how that goes. It's a work in progress exactly where we go from there.'' Monken, 52, left a pretty good job as the head coach at Southern Mississippi two years ago after leading the Golden Eagles to a 9-5 record as the west division champs of Conference USA. "I had a pretty good gig.' But I haven't regretted it one bit,'' said Monken, who was on the same Jaguars staff with Koetter under Jack Del Rio from 2007-10. "Dirk is a big part of that. I've always felt that when I'm around Coach, I become a better coach. I just do. The way he structures the day. What he holds you to a certain fire seeing things. I feel like when I'm around him, I feel like I'm a better coach. I trust him as a man and a coach what he says he believes. There's no gray. "When it came up and I thought about it, I said, "If not now, when?' So Monken, his wife Terri and his son, Trevor, now a 16-yeear-old quarterback and basketball player at Berkeley Prep, came to Tampa. But Monken's time has been divided between serving as the passing game coordinator and coaching receivers. His biggest project when he arrived was Mike Evans, who was coming off a season in which he had led the NFL in drops. Monken worked on his head and his hands and Evans' had his best year as a pro with career highs in receptions (96), receiving yards (1,321) and touchdowns (12).
As full-time offensive coordinator, Todd Monken will be new voice for Jameis Winston, eyes for Dirk Koetter
Tampa Bay Times | Mar 4