Sat. Aug 24th, 2019

Browns Add OC Todd Monken to Coaching Staff

One concern that I had about any head coach the Browns were to hire was, who would be on their staff. While we like to look at the head coach as the be all and end all, the fact remains that it takes a full staff to achieve the team’s goals, in the case of the Browns, winning a Super Bowl. Look at the successful head coaches in the league, they have assistants that they can count on and are amongst the best in the business. Whether it be Josh McDaniels for Bill Belichick or Wade Phillips for Sean McVay, assistant coaches, but more specifically the coordinators, are extremely important.

Enter the 2019 Cleveland Browns coaching search. They made a good decision in hiring Freddie Kitchens, but the rest of the staff would be the real story. After reports came out last week that Steve Wilks would be joining the Browns as defensive coordinator, many were still concerned about the offensive coordinator spot, until now!

The Browns will be hiring Todd Monken as their offensive coordinator.

Monken most recently was the OC with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs offense ranked 3rd in total yards with 6,648 yards. 1st in passing yards with 5,125 yards, 3rd in passing touchdowns with 36 and a 3rd down conversion percentage of 46% which ranked 3rd in the NFL. Quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick put up some great yardage games, but the team was not successful which led to a change in coaching staff.

Many people point to the fact that TE O.J. Howard improved immensely under Monken’s tutelage and hope that that is a good sign for Browns TE David Njoku, who improved in 2018 from his rookie season in 2017, but still has a ways to go. Also, with all the excitement of the passing game, the Bucs had difficulties running the ball. RB Peyton Barber led the Bucs with 871 yards and five touchdowns. The Bucs’ next two leading rushers were Winston and Fitzpatrick. With RBs Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson, it will be imperative that the Browns do a better job running the ball.

Besides for his last three years in Tampa Bay, Monken also was an assistant coach from 2007 – 2010 with the Jacksonville Jaguars under head coach Jack Del Rio. He has also famously worked for Mike Gundy at Oklahoma State where they ran the “Air Raid System” which fits Browns QB Baker Mayfield’s abilities very nicely. Monken has some head coaching experience as he was the head coach at Southern Mississippi from 2013 – 2015.

If the Browns offense is as explosive as expected, Todd Monken may not be OC for too long. In this coaching cycle, he drew interest from the Packers, Jets and Bengals for their head coaching vacancies, as well as drawing interest from the Lions, Jaguars, Packers and obviously the Browns for their offensive coordinator vacancy. Right now, the Browns’ only concern needs to be what is best for Baker and Monken has proven throughout his career that he can be it.

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