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gbguy20  
#1 Posted : Friday, January 11, 2019 1:23:52 PM(UTC)
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This would be a home-run hire if Matt LaFleur can bring the former Bucs’ OC to Green Bay. After missing out on the Green Bay Packers’ head coaching job, it appears that Todd Monken is still interested in working for the organization.

The former Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ offensive coordinator interviewed with the team over the weekend, but missed out on the position when the Packers picked Matt LaFleur instead. Now, there’s a chance that Green Bay could land both of the offensive minds who were reportedly at the top of their board following the first set of head coaching interviews.

According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Monken will interview for the Packers’ offensive coordinator position in the coming days. However, he also reportedly has a few other interviews lined up with other teams for the same job, as the Lions and Browns are both on his itinerary.
Monken’s experience and success leading an offense would be an excellent addition to the LaFleur’s staff.

He called plays for 15 of the the Buccaneers’ 16 games in 2018, leading them to a ninth-place finish in passing DVOA and a third-place rank in total yards. However, he did not call plays during his first two years in Tampa, as head coach Dirk Koetter held those duties; therefore, he would not necessarily be taking a significant step back by taking a non-playcalling coordinator position under LaFleur in Green Bay. In addition, his experience as a college head coach (at Southern Mississippi) could keep him in serious consideration for head coaching jobs in future years.

APC’s Paul Noonan expanded on Monken’s offensive philosophy recently. It seems logical that his approach and focus on explosive plays would mesh well with LaFleur, who also values picking up chunks of yardage at once. In addition, Monken would likely bring some Air Coryell and Air Raid influences to the table, which could further diversify the Shanahan-style West Coast system that LaFleur will implement.

If the Packers manage to hire Monken, fans — and quarterback Aaron Rodgers — should rejoice. His presence would give the team a coordinator with a proven track record of success in leading an NFL offense and would put Rodgers on a trajectory towards a bounce-back season in 2019.


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wpr  
#2 Posted : Friday, January 11, 2019 1:37:22 PM(UTC)
Sounds good to me. Pushing the ball down the field will help. But it conflicts a bit with Rodgers fear of throwing any ints at all.
nerdmann  
#3 Posted : Friday, January 11, 2019 2:00:28 PM(UTC)
wpr said: Go to Quoted Post
Sounds good to me. Pushing the ball down the field will help. But it conflicts a bit with Rodgers fear of throwing any ints at all.


Aaron loves to chuck it deep.
beast  
#4 Posted : Friday, January 11, 2019 2:09:45 PM(UTC)
Todd Monken was rumored to be the first runner up for the Packers and Jets jobs.

Very talented and very aggressive offense, of course, they had help from their GM getting more weapons than most teams have.

In a 4 year span...
1st overall pick on QB
7th overall pick on WR
19th overall pick on TE
and signing WR DeSean Jackson

On one hand, they did a GREAT JOB with making an aggressive offense... on the other, a surprising amount was invested to it that other coaches don't necessarily get.... so they made more, with more (and their defense really suffered). So I'm not sure how much to credit the coaches, vs heavy/high investment by the GM.

porky88  
#5 Posted : Saturday, January 12, 2019 8:22:52 AM(UTC)
I would be curious to see how Monken would mesh with LaFleur. The idea of diversifying the offense is appealing, and this team needs creative plays down the field. I like that LaFleur is thinking outside-the-box by looking at someone who was a rival (to getting the head job) and someone who doesn’t fall within the same coaching tree.
KRK  
#6 Posted : Saturday, January 12, 2019 9:16:36 AM(UTC)
Somewhat surprising that Arians would have chosen Byron Leftwich over him. His offense with all the high powered tools, didn't do much against the Bears, Ravens, and other decent defenses. I don't know if that was Winston or other reasons,...thoughts???
sschind  
#7 Posted : Saturday, January 12, 2019 10:10:31 AM(UTC)
KRK said: Go to Quoted Post
Somewhat surprising that Arians would have chosen Byron Leftwich over him. His offense with all the high powered tools, didn't do much against the Bears, Ravens, and other decent defenses. I don't know if that was Winston or other reasons,...thoughts???


I always got the impression that Leftwhich was a smarter player than he was a skilled player and those are the types that make the better coaches in my opinion. I think he was a victim of a house cleaning in AZ and they really had nothing to work with in the first place. Ariens obviously saw enough in him to give him his start in AZ so it doesn't surprise me that he brought him on board in TB.
beast  
#8 Posted : Saturday, January 12, 2019 10:58:30 AM(UTC)
porky88 said: Go to Quoted Post
I like that LaFleur is thinking outside-the-box by looking at someone who was a rival (to getting the head job) and someone who doesn’t fall within the same coaching tree.
I don't think he had many options within his own coaching tree, as the 49ers blocked him from interviewing potential OC that he knows well, and the one from the Rams that some were hoping for got the head coach and job with the Bengals. That just leaves Gary Kubiak, who was thought to be taken until a couple days ago.

But I do like the idea of Monken... also he's name could get hot and a head coach and job, and the space can open up again when LaFleur's preferred coach if he's contract is then up... (when ever that is)

KRK said: Go to Quoted Post
Somewhat surprising that Arians would have chosen Byron Leftwich over him. His offense with all the high powered tools, didn't do much against the Bears, Ravens, and other decent defenses. I don't know if that was Winston or other reasons,...thoughts???
As sschind mentioned, Ariens knows Leftwich having coached him as a player (with the Steelers) and Ariens brought him into coaching... and thinks Leftwich is a future star coach in the making.

I haven't run the numbers, but just from a quick glance, I wonder if the Bucs did a LOT worse against 3-4 teams.for so e rwason. All the huge scores seem to be against 4-3 and only a few of the low scoring ones.
Smokey  
#9 Posted : Saturday, January 12, 2019 11:12:33 AM(UTC)
Whomever GB selects to offer the OC post to, I just hope that they will try to taylor the offense to fit the personal rather than trying to get the players to conform to a rigidly inflexible sys. So far that does not seen to be the case, but time will tell the tale.

Ego may be part of this equation as LaFleur is expected to call the offensive plays. GB's new OC will need to accept this and work to support LaFleur's play calls by preparing the offense to run those plays. He will have to work with and not compete with the HC on the plays being called. Game plans will sometimes have to be modified to fit the need and good planning ahead of time by both the HC and the OC will be necessary.

Finally, as qualified as a man may be, personality conflicts do occur. I hope that the interview process sorts this kind of thing out ahead of time, but sometimes how people act with superiors is opposite with how they act with subordinates. Care must be exercised with all aspects of the candidates to ensure that GB will have good team "chemistry".

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