Bucs Hire Todd Monken As OC

January 24th, 2016
Southern Mississippi football coach Todd Monken gestures in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Appalachian State in Hattiesburg, Miss., Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Southern Mississippi won 21-20. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

New Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken.

Joe has learned from a trusted Bucs source that the team hired Southern Miss head coach Todd Monken to be its new offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.

Monken was offered an extension by Southern Miss after the season and turned it down to join Tampa Bay. Call it the power of America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston.

Monken’s record at Southern Miss was not good at 13-25, but it was making his bones at Oklahoma State where he showcased his offensive mind.

In 2012, Oklahoma State, with a freshman quarterback, ranked fourth in the nation in scoring offense at 44.7 points a game, fifth for yards per game (548.9) and seventh in passing offense (333.4 yards a game)

The Cowboys scored more than 50 points 10 times, broke the 60-point mark in five contests, the 70-point mark twice and the 80-point plateau once in just two years with Monken. The 49-year old will also coach wide receivers with the Bucs. He was the Jags’ wide receivers coach from 2007–2010.

Monken totally turned around Southern Miss. Going 1-11 his first year in 2012, Monken got the Golden Eagles to a nine-win season in 2015 and a bowl berth.

Southern Miss was seventh overall nationally in total offense this past season with 7,313 yards offense,  and seventh-nationally in passing offense with 4,616 yards.

[UPDATE: Mike Bajakian will remain as Bucs quarterbacks coach.]

102 Responses to “Bucs Hire Todd Monken As OC”

  1. Buc Neckid Says:

    The New BUCS OC is (Fill in the Blank)
    This is still Koetter’s Offense

  2. KevinM Says:

    umm its been on many bucs affiliated website for a bit now with articles

  3. D-Rome Says:

    This can’t possibly be the best guy the Bucs could hire. Nepotism isn’t a good thing no matter who the coach is.

  4. Jolly Bucs Fan Says:

    Per Bucs official page he is oc/wr coachm makes sense considering its still koetters offense

  5. Rrsrq Says:

    What the who?

  6. D-Rome Says:

    Bah, I didn’t mean nepotism. I typed the above on mobile and selected wrong word.

  7. Joe Says:

    What the who?

    Clearly someone doesn’t follow college football. smh

  8. Joe Says:

    his can’t possibly be the best guy the Bucs could hire.

    Well, they could have hired someone casual football fans would have heard of like, say, Charlie Weis. smh

    It’s not like Koetter hired his son as an assistant.

  9. unbelievable Says:

    Interesting hire, can’t say I know a lot about the guy.

    He was the the WR coach when Dirk was OC in Jax for a few years, so I’m guessing he will be a WR coach and help Dirk with the offensive gameplan.

  10. Michael Says:

    This is my uncle and I can assure you guys he will do great! 🙂

  11. Tampadeuce Says:

    How many more ex head coaches coming to work under Koetter? Stoked. Great hire.

  12. Jolly Bucs Fan Says:

    Seems like a good hire. Turned around a bad college team. Posted excellent offensive numbers. Seems to get good results out of recievers. Very excited about most of the staff

  13. DallasBuc Says:

    The best thing about this hire is that incompetent Lovie Smith did not make it.

  14. D-Rome Says:

    Well Joe, I didn’t bring up Charlie Weis. You did. Feel free to jump for joy over this hire but he’s definitely not the best the Bucs could have done. Smiley pies and kool-aid for everyone. smh

    The Bucs are 58-102 over the past 10 seasons. The organization should be hiring the best people they can if they are serious about their “commitment to winning.”

  15. Joe Says:

    Well Joe, I didn’t bring up Charlie Weis. You did. Feel free to jump for joy over this hire but he’s definitely not the best the Bucs could have done.

    Feel free to offer a name that is available currently they could hire?

    This guy knows offense.

  16. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    I’m fine with this hire but what does this say about Bajakian?

    I just assumed (yeah we know what assume does) that Bajakian was going to get groomed by Koetter for the OC position. Perhaps Bajakian does not totally have Koetter’s confidence?

  17. Joe Says:

    I just assumed (yeah we know what assume does) that Bajakian was going to get groomed by Koetter for the OC position. Perhaps Bajakian does not totally have Koetter’s confidence?

    Koetter (and Jameis) speak very highly of Bajakian.

    Remember, this “offensive coordinator” title is in name only. Koetter will be running the offense.

  18. destro44 Says:

    Seems to me thr guy is a respected wr coach who has some very effective offenses. Seems Koeter thinks he is a very effective teacher which is the kind of coaches we need. Our players need to be coached up more than the roster needs to be blown up. We will see if Koetter is a good evaluater of coaching talent.

  19. DB55 Says:

    There is s press release on buc com. To sum it up he’s a high power offense guy. Worked w koetter in Jax and made a star out of Brandon weeden.

    His numbers seem impressive.

  20. James Walker Says:

    He is as much the OC as Bill Muir was.

  21. Buccfan37 Says:

    I like this hire, been a fan of Southern Mississippi going back from many trips to Hattiesburg. Break up the Bucs!

  22. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Kind of good in a way…can allow Bajakian to focus solely on Jameis

  23. DallasBuc Says:

    Is ‘speed-in-space’ Jeff Tedford available? Marcus Arroyo?

  24. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    He is only our OC on paper. Koetter made it clear he will be calling the plays. Hopefully he can help take our WR to the next level n maybe teach Evans how to hold onto the ball.

  25. Joe Says:

    He is as much the OC as Bill Muir was.

    Ding! Title only.

    However, the pay scale for an OC is what lured Monken away from Southern Miss. Oh, and Jameis.

  26. salish_seamonster Says:

    As usual, knee-jerk responders don’t recognize a name, so they assume it must be bad. Dumb.

    He’s the WR coach, and he has enough of a resume to suggest he’s more than qualified for that. And as OCINO (offensive coordinator in name only), he brings the leadership of being a college head coach as well as the credentials of an offensive minded coach. The resume is there. The name recognition is not, so the whiners will have at it… Go ahead and moan.

  27. K2 Says:

    Great Hire!!!! Bucs needed a strong WR coach. It will make a huge difference next year.

  28. Jolly Bucs Fan Says:

    Honestly seems like an excuse to lure him away to be a wr coach. But he could also provide alot of help in gameplanning. Definitely a good offensive mind

  29. Rrsrq Says:

    I hope for the best for the Bucs, wasn’t looking for a big name, definitely follow college ball, didn’t think they would pull from the college ranks, but I see he has worked with Coach Dirk before (familiarity). I just want wins.

  30. AceofAerospace Says:

    I’m just glad lovies gone. Everything happening with the Bucs excites me now and will continue to excite me until it no longer excites me.

  31. BFFL Says:

    This is an awesome hire

  32. LargoBuc Says:

    I said before I expected Koetter to hire a low key guy to looking for his first big job at the pro level. As opposed to a seasoned guy that could potential clash with the hc, as a guy like Charlie Weiss would want to call his own plays and do things the hard way.

  33. Doc Says:

    Good hire coach.

  34. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Fans should reserve judgement either way…..from what it looks like….this in not a “pound the rock” kind of guy…….

    “Air Jameis”

  35. d-money Says:

    Bucs: Todd we’d like to offer you the job as our new WR coach.

    Todd: No thank you, It seems like a big step down from head coach.

    Bucs: what if we give you a business card that says OC/WR coach?

    Todd: deal!!

  36. Joseph Mamma Says:

    In a couple years maybe we can get Raheem Morris to run our offense. Atlanta is putting him as wide receivers coach. Sounds like a great idea.

  37. HIRE JIMBO Says:

    I like the hire even though It’s not a BIG name. Like TBBF said, he’s not really a “pound the rock” guy. I really hope we do still run the ball effectively. I think alot of JW success came from DM running so well and teams having to focus on him. LOVE the new staff, but Coach Koetter if your reading this PLEASE RUN THE BALL. Not so predictivly, but also not on EVERY first down like Loser Lovie made you.

  38. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Exactly Seamonster!

  39. DallasBuc Says:


  40. P'cola Buc Says:

    The hire of Monken as OC completely solidifies the fact that the offense is totally Koetter’s. Lovie hired his replacement in Koetter, and Koetter will make sure this never happens to him. Monken is now OCINO. Offensive Co-Koetordinator in Name Only….and everyone knows it. Long live Winston-Koetter.

  41. DallasBuc Says:

    Moderator test: Mike Clayton Evans

  42. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:

    I’m glad Koetter is hiring people he already knows he works well with. Very smart move

  43. DallasBuc Says:

    I guess you can’t make fun of Mike Clayton Evans anymore

  44. Joe Says:


    Yes you can. Joe sees them. 🙂

  45. DallasBuc Says:

    Joe- why aren’t you letting them through?

  46. Joe Says:


    They are going through. LOL Your browser may need to take a moment to refresh.

    DallasBuc Says:
    January 24th, 2016 at 5:55 pm edit
    Moderator test: Mike Clayton Evans

    Bucs Fan #7423 Says:
    January 24th, 2016 at 5:57 pm edit
    I’m glad Koetter is hiring people he already knows he works well with. Very smart move

    DallasBuc Says:
    January 24th, 2016 at 5:57 pm edit
    I guess you can’t make fun of Mike Clayton Evans anymore

  47. DallasBuc Says:

    Are there any rules or what? Hard to know what doesn’t pass the test for you guys

  48. DallasBuc Says:

    The Mike Clayton Evans jabs are filtered and rest is going through, hence the test comments

  49. Joe Says:


    All of your comments are coming through on Joe’s end. Nothing is popping up in moderation or spam folders. Joe has zero reason to stop anyone from calling out Michael Clayton.

  50. DallasBuc Says:

    Typed the same comment 5 times 5 different ways in between the test comments and btching. Strange behavior to say the least but whatever…would be nice if this guy can teach Mike Clayton Evans to squeeze a football

  51. Howard Cosell Says:

    This guy works for Koetter. It’s Bill Muir part 2 (as James Walker said). Koetter knows he can’t do everything.

  52. LargoBuc Says:

    Evans just seemed off all year. Still had 1000 yards, so Im hopeful he will be a key member of our offense for the next decade.

  53. A-Train Says:

    Hey someone set Bonzai straight .. I keep seeing his post from the Love Train….’

    “Lovie didn’t negotiate the trade for Barron…. Lovie didn’t do this or that in FA”

    YES LOVIE did… Lovie had all of FA by himself that was part of his contract.. the GM only had voice on the Draft.

  54. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Surprised he left Southern Miss. He was doing a good job. Sounds like Koetter’s a closer. Not much of a hard sell though. Considering this was a top 10 offense. Now he can upgrade his profile – for a bi

  55. DallasBuc Says:

    Can we stop talking about the stats with Mike Clayton Evans? He looked and played like dog squeeze throughout the entire season, stunting the development of our star rookie QB and embarrassing himself in the process.
    1,000 yards with Winston as QB should be bare minimum with his talent. Excuses are gross when you see how nails a guy like Gronkowski was tonight. A true beast in the passing game. Evans is a kitty cat comparatively.

  56. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    *Now he can upgrade his profile – for a *better gig down the road

  57. BucGator Says:

    Dallas, I think the only strange behavior is you ha

  58. Buccaneers Says:

    Hopefully Monken brings more to the table then just owning the OC title. If he worked with Koetter seems easy to say that Dirk respects his opinion. Hopefully Monken can help Dirk make a few tweaks to the offense that will show up on Gameday.

  59. Piratic Says:

    @DallasBuc: I think the trouble that you’re having is a clear sign that you should stop posting here altogether.

    In a time of profound positive change, you choose to wallow in the past and accentuate the negative.

  60. BKNYfootballhead Says:

    Dallas doesn’t sound much like a war vet, more like a pathetic spoiled child.

  61. sho nuff Says:

    WOW…at least these are legitimate coaches?…Lovey hired some weak sauce fake he played switch finger with in his basement and the only bigger dolt than he is on defense that didn’t last a season…along with his family?…seriously the fact that we now have a coach that isn’t as dumb as rock should feel like the fans just won the lottery…
    I have been saying for 2 years…stupid coach= stupid team…and yes this team Lovie put together is DUMB….

  62. Buccaneers Says:

    Well Dallas has a good point with Evans. Can’t have your #1 receiver losing you games like Evans did this year………Each time I started to forgive Mike he would drop game changing points.

    I wouldn’t mind seeing the Bucs bring in a true #1 with Jeffery. I also wouldn’t mind Evans playing like the #1 we drafted him to be.

  63. Buccaneers Says:

    Sho nuff- you do realize Lovie hired Licht and Koetter don’t you?

  64. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:

    Poor Leslie Fraizer. He never stood a chance

  65. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I liked Michael Clayton…….It was a good movie!!!

  66. DallasBuc Says:

    Oh look…a bunch of newbies and Lovie loyalists that want talk sht because they are mad they can’t wear their Mike C. Evans jersey that their ex-girlfriend bought for them because he sucks so much stinkhole every Sunday.
    That’s good tho, blame it on Dallas!

  67. Bucco brice Says:

    Nothing but a plus to coaching staff ….beat Carolina is the name of the game

  68. DallasBuc Says:

    BKNY- what does war vet have to do with anything?

  69. DallasBuc Says:

    Damn. I guess Ted Larsen is good enough to block for the Cards in the NFC championship game but not quite better than the great Patrick Omameh or that other turnstile Oneil Cousins they slapped on this squad.
    Big ol hat tip to incompetent Lovie Smith and his little lapdog GM

  70. DallasBuc Says:

    …is *not good enough…

  71. MadAdder Says:

    Bajakian has spent exactly 1 year as a position coach in the NFL, so I think that may have had something to do with it. Plus, like everyone else said, it lets him keep his focus on Jameis.

  72. Buc1987 Says:

    Jameis is smiling. 🙂

  73. Kevin Says:

    Mike Evans is going to be a complete BEAST next season and pay dividends on his first round price tag with our new coaching

  74. The Rockstar Says:

    Reaching “the 80-point plateau [just] once in… two years” will not be acceptable here in Tampa Bay, I hope Coach Monken is aware of that.

  75. The Rockstar Says:

    How can we get Savannah State on the schedule?

  76. Buccaneers Says:

    Haha rockstar

  77. Buccaneers Says:

    Since Monken is from a somewhat low profile school, hopefully he’ll have an eye out for player that’s off the radar. Wouldn’t surprise me if the Bucs take a flyer in the late draft round that Monken suggested.

  78. Buccaneers Says:

    Carson Palmer can’t handle this. Looks a little clamy out there.

  79. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I guess Ted Larson ain’t so good….

  80. Buc1987 Says:

    Ted Larsen….from….Palm Harbor University High School.

  81. BucFan20 Says:

    Panthers better have their fun now. Because they won’t be happy when the Bucs get done this coming season!

  82. Buccaneers Says:

    A couple things I’ve taken away from the championship games.

    -Did anybody notice how poorly Brady played today. This was because the Broncos got at him. It led to turnovers and inaccurate throws.
    This is why the Bucs biggest need is not DBs, its D-Line. We were incapable of getting the hits and pressures necessary to get opposing QBs off their game. This is why guys like Hasselbeck and Keenum embarrassed us this year. You start banging them guys around and they hand out plays for the defense to make.

    -Look at the mistakes the Cardinals keep making. Reminds me of the 2015 Bucs. You can’t beat good teams in this league while you make repeated mistakes. Good teams don’t make mistakes. If you are committing errors you better be damn lucky if want a shot at victory.

    -Morale of the story is that Tampa has a lot of work to do. Our coach has a his work cutout for him. I hope he’s up for the challenge. If not it will be another season of tortured embarrassment.

  83. Pawel Says:

    ^He has a point.

    I wanted bucs to draft Aaron Donald but nope. McCoy might be somewhat disruptive and quick but guy like Donald is pure muscle.

  84. DallasBuc Says:

    Buccaneers- points
    That’s easier said than done

  85. DallasBuc Says:

    Think what this team will do with a Kelvin Benjamin.

  86. Kevin Says:

    Yep this team needs pass rush more than anything.

  87. Buc1987 Says:

    Kevin….you are correct sir. To me it’s the single most important thing that’s missing from this team. It’s been going on for a long, long, long time too. No matter who the coach is.

  88. Buc1987 Says:

    Buccaneers…yes sir we were discussing this last night with MadMax.

    I told everyone the thing I say the most during games for over the last five years is : ALL THE FREAKING TIME IN THE WORLD!!!

    I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired of saying it. I know I’m not the only fan that says this sh!t too.

    If anyone is wondering about my disclaimers that seems to have ruffled a few feathers in here. I posted my rebuttal on the other thread where the disclaimer was dropped and it caused a ruckus. I gave a very detailed and valid reason as to why I have to use that stupid disclaimer.

    I’m dropping it for now, but if that car gets pulled ONE MORE TIME in here when it’s not warranted, the disclaimer comes back out.

  89. Buc1987 Says:


  90. JP4 Says:

    Buccaneers Says:
    ‘-Did anybody notice how poorly Brady played today’

    Um, you would be right if you were talking about Carson Palmer. All Brady did was bring NE to within a single completed pass from the 2 yard line to tie the game at the end, even though he was under intense pressure all game.

    As for DE pressure being more important than DB coverage…QB can complete quick outs all day if DB can’t cover. On the other hand, good pass coverage helps your DEs/DTs get pressure & sacks.
    But, I still think the Bucs have more talent already at DB than at DE.

    Need to shove a contract in Mario Williams (agent’s face) as soon as the Bills cut him loose!

  91. BucFan20 Says:

    Getting pressure on the QB is the biggest need. No more relying on them to trip over their own shoe laces.

  92. Mike Johnson Says:

    Monkens record of 13-25 was not good at Southern Miss..thats all I need to know there Joe. What makes us think it will be better here?..Ohhh my bad..we got the golden boy Koetter who can do no wrong right? Not impressed. How bout them Carolina Panthers fellow Buc fans? See what happens when you stick with a coach for a number of years and they build? Nope..Y’all don’t see it cause you’s wearing..sun block!!

  93. Elle Says:

    How can you even judge someone based on his popularity, or lack thereof? Who cares if he isn’t a big name! If he comes here and he manages to do a good job, then he’ll make his name in Tampa and it’s only going to be a benefit for all parties involved.

  94. Mike Johnson Says:

    You can hire coaches from here to Russia. and throw all the glittering niceities at Koetter and Jameis all you want. You can hire 20 Offensive coordinators of the Menza level. But if Our Buc Nation does not get a bonifide grade A pass rusher and some great secondary help in here next year, expect more of the…losing same!

  95. James Walker Says:

    He is as much the OC as Bill Muir was
    Joe Says:
    Ding! Title only.

    However, the pay scale for an OC is what lured Monken away from Southern Miss. Oh, and Jameis.
    Cool, I am not alone!

  96. Joe Says:

    Monkens record of 13-25 was not good at Southern Miss..thats all I need to know there Joe.

    Uuummm. He took over a winless team and in three years won nine games and got to a bowl game. C’mon. That’s a complete turnaround. Southern Miss improved each year under Monken.

    Have you seen what Bill Walsh’s record was in college? How about Bill Parcells? Geez. smh

    When Monken ran Oklahoma State’s offense, that team moved the ball.

  97. 1BucFanNsaintCountry Says:

    Guys, I currently am a Senior at the University of Southern. Mississippi but was raised in Tampa, Fl. So I’m a huge Bics fan, have been since 81 and let me tell you, this is A GREAT HIRR!! catch Monken knows and teaches football very well.I’m sure you guys remember coach Arroyo?!?! Yes that guy, he was our offense coordinator and just like Lovie’s 1st year it was an atrocity to say the leas! To make it worse I and to suffer Arroyo atrocities 2 years In a row 1) @ USM and the other for the Bugs in 2014. Coach Monken inherited that mess much like Koetter is inheriting Lovie’s. COACH Monken has single handedly turned around our program playing in the con. USA championship this year. Trust me I’m the ONLY person in Hattiesburg NOT in an uproar about Coach Monken leaving our beloved Golden Eagles and that only because I’m elated to see him on The Bucs Staff. This guy can coach his ass off and you will see it in our receiving corps next year!!!#USMTTT#SiegeTheDay

  98. Stanglassman Says:

    Marcus Arroyo was Monken’s OC his 1st season at Miss St. in 2012 when they went 1-11. That was not a good hire but at least he Belichicked him after one year.

    I do like the Monken hire as OC/WR coach, really all of the coaching choices.

  99. godzilla13 Says:

    Dirk Koetter knows football and if Todd Monken is the new OC he must have talent and be a teacher. I wonder if Jimbo Fisher was ever a candidate? After watching the stinking Panthers game it was obvious how well their GM has performed in the draft and in FA signings. Their defense is the best in the NFL and it all starts up front with their two big men Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short. Both are super run stoppers and both pressure the QB. The key besides there defensive front? They have an elite player at each level. I actually see four elite players and that is what sets them apart. Lotulelei. Short, Luke Kuechley and Josh Norman. We have an opportunity to add a third elite player to our team in April. We have GMC, LVD and? The only elite player I see us having a shot at is DT Andrew Billings Baylor. The next Warren Sapp.

  100. Joe Says:

    I wonder if Jimbo Fisher was ever a candidate?

    Really doubt it. First, Fisher is getting paid, what, $5 million a year? He’d have to take around an 80 percent pay cut to be an NFL coordinator.

    Second, Fisher has said a few times he’d rather recruit three first round draft picks each year rather than being stuck with just one first round draft pick a year.

  101. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:


    Southern Miss had 0 wins the year before he got there. 1 win in his first season. and by the 3rd year, had 9 wins and a bowl game. That is about as drastic of a turnaround that you could have. He will be a great WR coach. And should also help Koetter. They can put their offensive brains together and come up with some amazing plays for this team. Hopefully


    Donald would’ve been great. There is a chance to draft the next guy like him. A’Shawn Robinson. He would be a great piece to add if someone like the OT Stanley is gone. Just a thought.

  102. satchseven Says:

    has any Alabama d-line guy dominated in the nfl? they are hit and miss