Refreshing Honesty From Todd Monken

November 30th, 2017

Talks coaching carousel.

We are approaching the time of the year where musical chairs is played throughout the NFL. It is going on now in college.

Coaches leaving, getting fired, hiring new staffs, you name it. It sometimes is seamless and at other times it is ugly, like what is happening at Florida State where it sure appears Jimbo Fisher is in the midst of a scorched earth policy. Or what’s going on at Tennessee, where the mob rule has gotten so out of hand, that not only is any decent coach steering clear of Knoxville, but the school seems so desperate for a coach that Ben McAdoo might be a viable option.

Over the weekend, a rumor was floated from Mississippi where bloggers and beat writers alike claimed Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken was to be the first interviewed for the opening at Mississippi State.

The Bucs, specifically, Dirk Koetter, shot down the rumors Monday and Mississippi State hired Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead yesterday.

Monken today in his press conference was asked about these rumors linking him to Mississippi State. While he winced at the question and preferred to talk about the Bucs, he basically confirmed what many suspected: There is talk behind the scenes about schools checking out coaches and coaches dipping their toes into the job-opening waters or getting feelers on what teams/schools may have openings just about year-round.

“First, I’d rather move on to the Packers than it be about me,” said Monken, who came to the Bucs after resigning his head coaching gig at Southern Miss two years ago.

“But in general, from a coaching perspective, when you have people who represent you, there is dialogue that goes on all the time about different opportunities. And that [chatter] just comes up.”

To be clear, when Monken referenced “people who represent you” he was talking about agents.

So now the shroud has been lifted, though most, including Joe, pretty much knew what was underneath the covers: Chatter between teams/schools and agents happens all the time.

11 Responses to “Refreshing Honesty From Todd Monken”

  1. lightningbuc Says:

    College and pro sports is like the only industry where being a job-hopper is acceptable.

  2. GoBucYourself Says:

    College and pro sports is like the only industry where being a job-hopper is acceptable.

    Except for banking and finance, tech industries, real estate, politics and every other white collar profession.

  3. NJBucsFan Says:

    Haha GoBucYourself….dead on. Particularly in banking. You get raises by moving to other jobs and companies. There is little incentive for the organization you’re currently working on to just bump you up to the current market level if you don’t attempt to leave or leave

  4. BucEmUp Says:

    I hope Koetter remains head coach next season. I hope he lets Monken call the plays and I hope Jason Licht names Jay Hayes the new DC next season.

    Hayes knows what it takes to run a defense, Fire Mike Smith, let Monken call the Plays (Koetters Playbook) and the Bucs are a playoff team next season.

  5. MDFree Says:

    BucEmUp that sounds like a solid plan there. I’m sure jay Hayes has been chomping at the bit to call defensive plays after all his years in cincy as a position coach. Judging his acumen on our d line play would be unfair. Pressuring the qb has been non existent in well over a decade down here in Tampa. And Jason licht has done little to fill that cupboard with talent. Give the guy his shot.

  6. Solinor Says:

    Just reading the headline I thought he was going to be brutally honest about why a team expected to be a top 5 offense this year is inept and struggling. Guess that will remain a mystery.

  7. Waterboy Says:

    Can’t blame him for looking out for his best interest, if you don’t no one else will.

  8. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Lol, thanks for clearing that up Joe. I wasn’t sure if he was referencing agents or his grandparents.

  9. Joe Says:

    Lol, thanks for clearing that up Joe. I wasn’t sure if he was referencing agents or his grandparents.

    Yeah, well, if you aren’t specific, it leaves questions.


    Don’t have to be an agent to “represent” someone. Joe knows of an NFL player who is repped by his dad.

  10. Mike Johnson Says:

    I don’t like Monken. Never have..Never will. Can’t wait for him to pack his bags!

  11. unbelievable Says:

    bye felecia