Passing Must Improve “Dramatically”

May 20th, 2016
Need more points from passing attack.

Bucs OC wants more points from passing attack.

A coach’s job, whether it be an assistant or a head coach, is to help the charges before him improve.

Whether that is learning new techniques or maybe a kick in the rear end or a caring arm around the shoulder, a coach must figure out any and all ways to better his players.

While a lot of folks are jumping up and down about America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston and his 4,000-yard rookie season, Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken is not happy. Monken said the passing game of the Bucs must improve by a whole bunch to be a playoff contender.

“Dramatically,” Monken said matter-of-factly yesterday. “It’s not a hard game. We had a great year offensively as a start, but penalties, turnovers, errant throws, drops – what else needs to be said?

“There were a lot of points that were left off the board, and when you [take care of] that, then you add some consistency to your offense.

“Sure you can average 24, 28 points a game but getting 10 in one game and 38 in another, that’s not very good. You want to be consistent every week and consistency comes from doing those little things. Plus as our young offense, our core nucleus of players, gets better – the O-linemen, the running backs, the receivers, the quarterback – we should continue to be more consistent.”

Joe cannot disagree with one iota of what Monken said here. He is on the money. Looking like a world-beater against the Eagles and then puking on your shoes against the sorry Saints isn’t the approved method.

Of course, young players are often inconsistent. Considering the Bucs played with four, sometimes five starters on offense with less than two years NFL experience last season, youth could be a big factor in posting consistent points in the passing attack.

23 Responses to “Passing Must Improve “Dramatically””

  1. feelthepewterpower Says:

    The Buccs were near the top of the league in rushing percentage as well last year. Consider Jameis was very good at throws 15 plus downfield, and that Koetter and Monken want to take more shots downfield…..we should see more consistency in the passing game.

  2. SB with Jameis Says:

    Jameis’ second yr and everyone else’s second yr with Jameis.
    Nuff said.

  3. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Well, he sounds like a pass first guy. So why did we resign Martin?

  4. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Also…that bodes well for our new fullback.

  5. 813bucboi Says:

    with jameis working on his footwork and evans focusing on the catch passing WILL improve…GO BUCS!!!

  6. Pickgrin Says:

    Last year’s offense was probably the best this franchise has ever seen. And yet there is sooooo much room for improvement. Exciting Stuff!

  7. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I really like the combo of Koetter & Monken…….I think they like scoring and aren’t the type of coaches we have had that try “not to lose”…..pour it on.

  8. tmaxcon Says:


    well said… All players at EVER level in any sport benefit from qualified and competent coaches. If not there would be no need for coaches at all. I heard even Pablo hired a pole dancing coach this year. maybe i’m wrong but the additional coaching pablo receives may result in a bigger tip from Realist…

  9. Buc1987 Says:

    TBBF…if that happens Bucs fans are going to go into shock. I hope they have plenty of paramedics at Ray Jay.

  10. Buc1987 Says:

    tmaxcon Says:
    May 20th, 2016 at 3:38 pm


    well said… All players at EVER level in any sport benefit from qualified and competent coaches.”

    Thanks for proving why I’m such a big Dungy fan. lol

  11. K2 Says:

    Agree Tampabaybuc fan…let’s play to win!

  12. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Speaking for Pablo

    “Pablo has much faith in Haboo….Pablo know Hamus can improve. As far as Pablo’s table dancing, Pablo needs no coaching because Pablo is a natural….Pablo thinks trying to get more tips from Realist is hopeless….Pablo thinks the Realist is into OPTD”

  13. SB with Jameis Says:

    “” You down with OPTD?! Yeah you know me!!” 🙂

  14. tmaxcon Says:


    I never said dungy was a bad coach I said others deserve and are more qualified than dungy for hall of fame selection.

  15. Mike Johnson Says:

    If The Bucs defense improves just 50% and the offense plays as well as it did last season or slightly better? We win about 9 games. if not? It will be Koetter bashing time!

  16. LakeLandBuc Says:

    I have a strong feeling that Louis Murphy will have a career year this season , playing out of the slot.. If he can only stay healthy,Murphy, Bell and ASJ will improve our passing game.

  17. Spacebuc Says:

    I like this hard a$$.
    Good thing Jaboo is tough as nails though.
    Mad man Monken could damage a fragile minded QB.
    I am all in for Full Throttle, Wide Open.
    GO BUCS!

  18. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    @Michael Johnson

    A 50% improvement in our defense would likely make us the best in the league..

    Here are some examples……

    Sacks 57
    Opponents 803 Rushing Yards 50 yds per game
    Opponents 1920 Passing Yards 120 yds per game

    Our defense would yield only 13 points per game….

    I’ll take a 25% improvement any day

  19. SB with Jameis Says:

    GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL Lightning!!!!!!!

    Can’t wait to be typing TOUCHDOOOOWWWWNNNNN BUCS!!!!

  20. SB with Jameis Says:

    Man…………all of you guys must have better Friday Night lives than me………Jeesh, married with kids is a challenge.

  21. Dave Says:

    This group of coaches, from the head coach to the coordinators to position coaches, all sound great. They say the right things and they don’t BS. It is fantastic and the players seem to love it but……..
    Let’s see the results on the field before we praise them too much.
    I’m optimistic as hell but I want to see 10 wins and a playoff birth

  22. godzilla13 Says:

    My concern is that we have some very tough teams early on. At Falcons, at Cardinals, Rams and Broncos at home then in Carolina, bye week. We swept the dixie chicks last year, I look for revenge against the Rams and if we can beat the Broncos then we know we are for real. At the end of the season last year teams were loading the box and blitzing Winston. We need to stop running on every first down and throw some quick slant routes and screens. We need production out of our number 3 receiver. I hear there is a battle in camp between Louis Murphy, Kenny Bell and Evan Spence. I like Spence a lot and hope he gets a chance to play. The guy can catch one handed all day and can throw the ball. Why not throw some trick plays in the red zone?

  23. Bob in Valrico Says:

    @mike Johnson
    while I agree with call for defensive improvement,Offense has to improve
    quite a bit also.While Winston improved a lot over the year,There still were
    10 games where he only accounted for 1 or less touchdowns.Red zone
    efficiency has to improve.Cut down on the three and outs and you
    wont have a tired defense sucking wind in the Fl. heat.