The Evolution Of Mike Evans

July 9th, 2017

Working on more YAC.

Thus far, Bucs offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Todd Monken is just about worth his weight in gold.

Last year, the rising college coaching star was lured by winning Bucs coach Dirk Koetter back to the NFL and charged with one main objective: Fix Mike Evans.

Previously, the talented Evans was all messed up with discipline and focus. As a result, he dropped a lot of passes. Defenders were able to get in his head.

Not only did Monken “fix” Evans, the third-year receiver exploded and became elite and was selected for the Pro Bowl.

Apparently, the work on Evans isn’t finished. Because Koetter covets explosive plays, Monken noted during the spring that he is working to improve Evans’ YAC (yards after catch). Per the PFF tribe, Evans had the second-lowest YAC for NFL receivers. Only partial-to-the-bottle Michael Floyd was lower.

If Monken help Evans improve his YAC, then look the freak out, folks!

30 Responses to “The Evolution Of Mike Evans”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The types of routes Evans runs help cut back on his YAC…..that, along with double teams and the 50-50 jump balls. I think the presence of Djax will help greatly.
    I can remember Evans in college always seaming to get open for big yardage….usually after Manzeil scrambled around a bit.

  2. BigHogHaynes Says:

    I can’t see why you continue to try and elevate this coaches importance to the monster numbers ME has put up since he became a BUC…. These are some facts #1 ME came from college a Monster Reciever #2 ME came from college a Monster Reciever!!! Name one Reciever that has not dropped a pass or two…I believe he just settled down (because he wanted to be the best)!!! And the inprovment came from his own drive to be the best…in the season to come ME will have a great year…. and he will drop a few passes just like every other Reciever in the league!!! No coach deserves credit for the play of guys who come into the league Pro Ready umm like The Fameis One!!! COACH UP OUR FOURTH, FIFTH AND SIX REVIEVING SPOTS..THAT WOULD BE A GOOD GOAL FOR MONKEN!!!

  3. BigHogHaynes Says:

    ^RECIEVING …before the idiots start!!!^^

  4. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Giving Monken sole credit for fixing Evans doesn’t seem accurrate to me.
    Mike Evans deserves a lot of credit for going home and trying to improve by working hard in the off season.His marriage and his maturing may have something to do with it also.
    Now before I make my next point,Jameis now has all the weapons he needs,
    so it will be necessary for the o line to provide the time for longer pass plays to develope.Monken and Koetter need to morph this offense into more of a big play offense.Because Evans has been so reliabe on getting to a spot and getting first downs often at the expense of YAC yards.
    The fact is Evans yards per catch average decreased from 16.2 to 13.8 from 2015 to 2016.To put that in further perspective he also a 15.5 yard average
    in his rookie year under Lovie and no experienced offensive coordinator.

  5. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Another point completions to Evans over 20 yards decreased from 21 if memory serves to 15 from 2015 to 2016.Up to Monken and Koetter to better utilize this weapon.Koetter has proven he can do it this league.I am looking for Monken to do the same.

  6. BucEmUp Says:

    Evans still dropped a crap load of balls last season….he just led the league in targets so he still caught a lot as well. But wasn’t the completion percentage to Evans like 55%

    I really don’t see why Monken is getting any praise for Mike Evans. Mike Evans should be getting praise for Mike Evans but he still needs to work on those hands. What has Monken done?

  7. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Nothing wrong with Mike Evans hands.Jameis completion percentage to Evans
    will be improved by more accurrate throws to Evans.Hopefully O line changes
    and new weapons will allow Jameis to place more balls in proper position to
    gain more YAC yards.

  8. Buc1987 Says:

    BigHog…most of the time coaching is important. They DO matter. See : Bucs pre-Dungy. See: All the big name players from college come to the Bucs and suck. Monken DOES have an impressive resume. He CAN coach. Coaches Do matter.

  9. James Walker Says:

    He is a possession receiver. A low YAC doesn’t bother me too much.

  10. Bucthis Says:

    Just keep throwing it to Evans in the end zone and YAC won’t matter!! He is amend zone nightmare for opposing DBs.

  11. BigHogHaynes Says:

    @ Buc1987… I didn’t say he couldn’t coach…he just ain’t done a damn thin IMO to gain any fame from riding ME’s coattail!!!

  12. mark2011 Says:

    I don’t mind giving them both credit. You can be a great coach, but having a coachable guy, willing to put in the hours of work to hone his craft, is critical to a successful outcome. Can’t we just say, it was a winning relationship? A great player and an excellent coach? What I’d like someone to ask Mike is, what part of his game does he think there is room for improvement, or what is he specifically working on this year? He might just say “all of them”, or “none of them”, but would be interesting if there was a specific area he was concentrating on this year.

  13. Period Says:

    I simply can’t believe the amount of words not spelled correctly, the rampant ignorance of lack of proper grammar and punctuation, and the missuse of the ways words are used wrong in the comment section on this site. And both Joes are also guitly of these errors that make this site a bit of a blight, as it is “the most popular site for Bucs news”.

  14. Bucamania Says:

    Coaches absolutely DO matter and making your #1 WR elite is more important than making your 5th WR good. There was a major improvement last year in terms of fewer drops and improved discipline. Monken clearly helped him focus. Man, if he can start getting more YAC, look out!

  15. Rrsrq Says:

    Monken gets an A for effort, but sometimes players just go back and watch film and get it, ME got married that off-season, maybe that speaks to his maturity, he had a QB that still believed in him and was already ridiculously talented. I guess if DJax has a monster year we can credit Monken for his motivation too…
    When you here Hump talks, he talks about Jameis and the extra time they put in and of course, Goodwin’s success will also be due to Monken… I hope Monken gets assistant coach of the year, that means we are playing well, but give players credit where credit is due and we give coaches props for preparing the players with the game plan and other helps

  16. Buc4Lyfe79 Says:

    To those “Hogs” w/ their heads in the trough, especially since ME’s has stated publicly that Monken’s coaching helped him have his best year to date last season, without the coaching up ME has received from Monken, his “coat tails” would still be having immature in-game meltdowns resulting in more ejections. Wise up.

  17. JAB83 Says:

    Said this a while back. Now the proof is out. ME is going to put up a TO (Owens) like season.

    Im saying if you want a really good idea of what ME will look like… Think Megatron / T.O. type receiver…

    Whats funny is both KJ and TO had diva look at me attitudes. ME dont have that attitude but his initials speak for him…

    We got the cream of the crop. R U READY???

    The Siege Is On. The Bucs have set sail for the Promise Land.

    You have been warned 🙂

  18. asdf Says:

    Evan’s YAC leaves a lot to be desired but I think part of it is him protecting himself.

    Look at what happened to some of the big receivers now that you can’t hit high. They get their legs mangled (VJax Knee, Megatron ankles etc). Would rather have ME13 for a longer career than have him trying to get some YAC and get hit low a bunch of times.

    Other big issues is Jameis isn’t the best at accurate ball placement so he often doesn’t put his receivers in a position to run after the catch. Yes he complete the pass but the difference between hitting receiver perfectly in stride and just completing the pass cannot be understated. This is what separates the elite QBs (Brady, Rodgers etc) from the good ones.

    I always think back to some of the receivers like Wes Welker who were mediocre until they played with a Brady / Manning and then absolutely blew up. Accuracy of ball placement doesn’t necessarily show up in completion percentage but can totally change a play

  19. JimmyJack Says:

    The crybaby’s talking about Mike’s YAC are just whining for the sake of whining. The fact is that Mike didn’t leave any yards on the field last year. On each and every catch he got as many yards as any fan can realistically expect. Crying about he YAC is just an unknowledgable b!tch. But I guess some fans just have a need to have something to b!tch about.

  20. Bigblock Says:

    @BigDogHaynes I agree with you Evans came to the Bucs a beast and had the numbers before Monken stepped in the locker room. So that means @Joe should be giving the former WR coach plenty of credit for laying the ground work. Stoker 2 years working with Mike he put up good numbers also. If you check his stats a lot of his explosive plays went down under Monken

  21. ImJustHereForJameisNews Says:

    I before E, EXCEPT after C. Never stop learning, growing, or progressing. Mike evans played significantly better this year and that’s with V Jax sitting the sidelines most of the season, Monken deserves his credit. Gotta give coaches love when’s they do they’re job, otherwise players always get credit for the wins and coaches always take blame w the losses.

  22. ImJustHereForJameisNews Says:

    Their* smh…

  23. BoJim Says:

    BigHogHaynes Says:
    July 9th, 2017 at 8:10 am
    ^RECIEVING …before the idiots start!!!^^


  24. BigHogHaynes Says:

    Good job to all my fellow posters…I enjoyed all the feedback…it was all about football and all about the Bucs!!! I have never been above being corrected!! GO BUCS!

  25. feelthepewterpower Says:

    He dropped a lot of passes….in one game.

  26. feelthepewterpower Says:

    I think part of the reason for the lack of YAC is that defensive coverage was dictated to his side of the field. Hard to rack up yac being double covered. There will be more space to work with this season with DSean, Howard with their speed clearing out zones for cleaner windows in which Evans can be given more potential separation…

  27. yrbndr Says:

    @Big Hog—- Yes ME is a tremendous talent but are you kidding me? His mechanics for receiving the ball were atrocious! Last year he was receiving the ball with his hands extended and keeping them extended! That was the difference! He previously would let it come to his body where he would lose it too often. To say Monken had no part in that is insane! Yes ME put forth the effort to perform that but he had help and to disregard it is ignorant. Sorry for the strong words but Monken deserves a raise for installing that!

  28. buccaneerGod Says:

    If you take the time to correct people’s grammar your life sucks or a some goon who wished he went to school to be a middle school teacher…I was you I just be glad that the person can read. Last time i looked over the stats 80 percent of the world’s population cant read at all lol

  29. buccaneerGod Says:

    If you take the time to correct people’s grammar your life sucks or your some goon who wished went to school to be a middle school teacher…If I was you I would just be glad that the person can read. Last time i looked over the stats 80 percent of the world’s population cant read at all lol look i made a correction for you lmao

  30. Evan Says:

    Well, using the current price of gold and the average weight of a US man(195.5).

    He should be worth $3,797,360.72.