Todd Monken Learned From Jimbo Fisher

May 18th, 2017

Bucs OC channels his former boss.

When current Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken was a wide receivers coach at LSU, he directly answered to his offensive coordinator there, a guy named Jimbo Fisher, current coach at Florida State.

Monken probably never guessed at the time he would use a learning tool from Fisher while serving as an NFL coordinator working with Fisher’s most famous prodigy, America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston. But that’s what Monken is doing.

Speaking with the Tampa Bay pen and mic club today, Monken sort of echoed what AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht and winning Bucs coach Dirk Koetter have said this offseason: Jameis is just now beginning to learn that throwing the ball away when a play isn’t there, living for another down is actually a good thing and certainly better than a forced pick or an unnecessary fumble.

Monken talked about how the Bucs are focused on cutting Jameis’ turnovers and he invoked Jimbo’s teachings (with a bad Jimbo impersonation included, though Joe appreciated the attempt).

“It is OK to punt,” Monken said. “We have to end every possession in a kick. Jimbo Fisher used to say that all the time. ‘We’ve gotta be kicking an extra point or a field goal or punting it.’

“OK, but for a highly competitive player like [Jameis] is, and if you go down the line of highly competitive quarterbacks, you will probably find a history of throwing interceptions because they want to make every play.”

Joe thought that was a pretty good line and damned accurate: Every possession should end in a kick. If Jameis can do just that, this should be a helluva fun season for the Bucs.

11 Responses to “Todd Monken Learned From Jimbo Fisher”

  1. The Buc Realist Says:

    “Humble Pie”!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Doctor Stroud Says:

    Jimbo Fisher also used to say: “If you don’t calm the $#%@ down, you’re going to the bench!”

  3. Gilhealy Says:

    Doctor, what’s the point of that comment. You got a problem with Jameis’ competitivness? Why the hell do we keep going down that tired, tired road?

  4. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    Many NFL QB’s really come into their own in year 3 of their careers.

    I think #3 is ready to explode…and one of the reasons it what this story exposes….#3 is going to mature and realize the wisdom of Jimbos let’s make all possessions end in kicks. Cutting down turnovers will be #3’s biggest area of improvement this year. DJAX is going to make #3 look like a better deep ball thrower…but learning when to just hurl the ball into the cheap seats and live to fight another day is what is really going to make #3 a premier NFL QB this season.

  5. JimmyJack Says:

    Winston is always going to be good for some brutal looking picks. His coach’s will never stop preaching ball security to him and I’m sure some of it seeps in.

    All that matters is what he does with the ball in the final 5 mins of the 4th QTR. That’s what separates the men from the boys.

  6. Wausa Says:

    Ball don’t score on its own

  7. Buc1987 Says:

    Alls I gotta say is. Good luck with all that.


  8. tnew Says:

    When you take away the turnovers, you take away the plays that go with it. Most of the great QB’s throw their share of picks.. especially early in their careers. There is a balance. If we wanted the QB that always went off the field with a kick we should’ve kept Glennon. Punting is ok, as long as you don’t have 8 punts in a game.

    This year you should see the picks go down with 4 new players that are proficient in the passing game. Route running was horrible last season.

  9. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    This team will never make a Super Bowl if Winston doesn’t play smarter and cut down on his INT’s. He’d better grow up sooner rather than later.

  10. Clw JB Says:

    We have never seen a Bucs offense with the explosiveness of this group at QB/WR/TE – if we can just be serviceable in the run game this group could include two 1200 yd WR, TE combined for another 1k in yds – about 20 TD’s – just from the front 4….

    He actually has a lot of weapons, true weapons, not 4th and 5th teamers playing starter…

    Not throwing the quick screen to Hump 9 times a game –

    Not dropping back and have NO ONE OPEN 75% of the time –

    Cant wait to watch his growth this year, think he hits 5k yds and 30 TDs

  11. biff barker Says:

    Most of the failure or success will hinge upon the play calling.

    Bottom line.