The Todd Monken Influence

July 26th, 2016
Has work to do.

Work to do.

So when Dirk Koetter was named head coach, he reached down to the college ranks to pick an offensive coordinator, choosing highly successful Todd Monken to be his right-hand man.

It seems Monken was given one major order from Koetter: fix the chemistry between America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, and gifted but erratic receiver Mike Evans. But to read a Bucs season preview by Conor Orr of, Monken has more than just one repair project.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins wasn’t the only player toward the bottom of Football Outsiders’ catch list. Mike Evans, the team’s 2014 first-round pick, also struggled last year despite putting up 1,206 yards on 75 catches. Evans was targeted a staggering 148 times, meaning that Winston could only expect a catch one out of every two times he threw Evans the ball. His talent level is out of this world and his production should be in line with the rest of that stellar wide receiver class. Monken, who is also serving as the team’s offensive coordinator, will be sure to put his stamp on the team’s biggest weapon.

It’s no stretch to suggest if Evans was more adept at catching the ball last year, not only would Todd Monken not be here but Lovie Smith would still be running the Bucs. Depending on your point of view, either Evans helped move the franchise forward with his K-Y fingers or he helped sink a coach’s career.

Joe thinks Orr is on to something in that if the offense hums and receivers (and tight ends) catch more balls placed in their hands, Monken will get much of the credit.

It is sort of sad that the Bucs’ first two 2014 draft picks were among the NFL dregs when it came to catch rates last year.

24 Responses to “The Todd Monken Influence”

  1. tmaxcon Says:

    Evans will be fine. I just dont believe ASJ will rebound you cant fix stupid. If ASJ only issue was injuries i would have more patience with him but his mental make up gives me no reason to believe in him.

  2. SB with Jameis Says:

    I have a feeling Roddy White will be wearing Pewter and Red in the next couple days

  3. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Back from a long much needed vacations. Hope All is Well.

    Joe’s – Congratulations on picking up the Veteran Hall of Famer (Free Agent)#PowerMove

  4. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    I am curious what, if anything Kenny Bell will do. Before he came here to Tampa, he lit it up in College. It is a sobering thought to realize that Carolina will have their big receiver back this year.

  5. Ben the Ga Buc Says:

    I think Big Mike steps up in a BIG way this year.

  6. Destro44 Says:


    I think Roddy gets signed but after week one. Veteran salaries aren’t guaranteed if they aren’t on the roster for week one I believe. His familiarity with Koetter would allow him to miss camp and still be a good player quickly.

  7. Bucs Pre-sale Says:

    Does anyone know the Bucs Pre-sale offer code?

  8. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    Practice, practice, practice. Those two need to catch 150-200 balls every day for a while. And never catch less than 75 or so during the season every day.

  9. Joe Says:

    Joe’s – Congratulations on picking up the Veteran Hall of Famer (Free Agent)#PowerMove

    Thank you!

  10. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Wish all the other 31 teams would use useless catch rate to evaluate receivers.
    Bad throws,INT’s and even the Zebra’s can affect this stat,a penalty, if accepted on a receiver will go against the receiver’s catch rate.We could use the proven
    method of evaluating tape and have only the best available to us.

  11. 813bucboi Says:

    as long as his hammy’s are good to go the chemistry should be fine…his reps were limited last year due to injury….GO BUCS!!!!

  12. Brian Says:

    Maybe Mike knew what he was doing with his dreadful catch rate last year 😉 Had Lovie stayed it would have set this franchise back even more years.

  13. Dwe Says:

    Brian, I agree completely. It would have just prolonged the Bucs having any chance at real success

  14. BuccoDav Says:

    “Evans was targeted a staggering 148 times, meaning that Winston could only expect a catch one out of every two times he threw Evans the ball.”

    If ME13 had 75 catches and roughly 15 drops, that’s 90 he’s responsible for… who’should responsible forthe other 58 missed targets?

  15. Bob in Valrico Says:

    @Bucco DAV
    yes Joe should also credit his rookie QB for Lovie’s demise.He is the other half of the tandem.But that would be silly because they are unquestionably,two of the four or five best skill players on the team.

  16. Bucsfanman Says:

    Evans is a top 5 WR if he catches those passes. He’s a monster either way, but just imagine if he improves!
    ASJ? We’ll see.

  17. Bob in Valrico Says:

    so if 39% of Jameis’s passes failed to reach Evans,that is also a serious problem.A repost of Feel the power’s link follows.
    IT is a really good analysis of some of things Jameis can work on and fix in the coming years.

  18. Bob in Valrico Says:

    also forgot to mention video attached to above link to back up his analysis.

  19. Strider ....Sec 147 Says:

    Tennessee ready killed Lovie!!!! My dad called for his head at halftime

  20. Stpetebucsfan Says:


    I’m getting nervous! LOL Don’t know if it’s the world’s freshest most revitalizing air I’m breathing up here on Lake Superior or what but I’ve agreed with your posts the past two days!

    I’m with you on ASJ. It’s his head that concerns me as well.

  21. America's Commenter Says:

    It is sort of sad that the Bucs’ first two 2014 draft picks were among the NFL dregs when it came to catch rates last year.

    Exactly! Tell me again about how great Jason Licht’s drafts have been. They’re starting to look as bad as his Free Agent signings.

  22. Buccaneers Says:

    I think the most important thing when evaluating drafts is to see if thier talent transcends to the NFL.

    The worst way to screw up a draft is to get players who cant hack it in this league…… getting the talent is half the battle. If they have the talent and dont work i wouldnt point a finger at the GM(generally speaking).

    Evans and ASJ both have proven to have enough talent to play in the league. Good picks IMO, along with a few others from that draft class.

  23. Bob in Valrico Says:

    jameis growth has been great.that said ,his accuracy needs to improve and the video link above proves it.The only constant between our three 50 -52 %
    catch rate receivers is jameis. So he is partly responsible for poor catch rates.
    Jameis needs to do his part and improve his completion percentage from under 59 % to 64 or 65 % to help his receivers.Once he does that catch rates won’t be an issue.

  24. Buccaneers Says:

    Jamies did have some poor hands to work with last year. Evans had a lot of drops and so did V-Jax and Jenkins. Dye got in and muffed a few along with our other #3s.

    Humphries is touted to have good hands but even he had a bad drop or two. We need Humphries to be that go to guy or somebody else to step up and do it.