Look In The Mirror

September 27th, 2018

“It’s on them.”

The dude calling plays for the NFL’s No. 1 offense — yards and points — was carrying a big stick today.

That 2-for-5 execution of the Bucs in the red zone Monday? It’s on the players, he said.

Todd Monken had plenty to say about the 2017 red zone offense after studying it this offseason. “We chose to suck,” Monken repeated multiple times in May.

Today at his weekly news conference, Monken didn’t go that far about the 2018 red zone work against the Steelers, but he made it clear that failures there are not on him.

“At the end, there isn’t a call that came up that I want to take back, or something, “Monken said. “It’s the execution that we got to do better. That’s the way it is. We got good players. We just got to do it better when you get down there.”

Joe loves how Monken calmly, coolly and consistently points the finger at players. You’re either accountable under Monken or you hit the road.

Joe suspects Monken would happily call himself out, but not if he doesn’t believe it. Most coaches are prone to BS of taking responsibility for every last thing a player does.

It’s a different approach. And you can’t argue with the results through three games.

35 Responses to “Look In The Mirror”

  1. Robert Says:

    he’s right, but ME was 1 on 1 numerous times and I felt he should have gotten shots.

  2. Wombat Says:

    Hmmm, accountability?? why now?? Do you job and all is well. That’s all you can ask of a player, nothing different. When we get ALL players playing 100% this team will be good.

  3. Dapostman Says:

    Missed block on tipped interception.

    Dropped TD pass.

    No running lanes.

    It’s almost always on the players.

    #Get After It!

  4. jjuice 32 Says:

    They can’t talk out of both sides of their mouths. Players have not executed in the red zone yet Coach Smith cant execute a plan on D to stop Armwood. You can’t put it on the players when a particular coach sucks out loud. Smitty lets look at the completion %’s of the 3 QB’s you have faced so far.
    Brees 82.2%
    Foles 72.9%
    Ben 78.9
    All season highs
    Get him out of here!!!!!!

  5. FartinMartin Says:

    Similarly, Dungy always talked about execution too. Even when everyone knew they were gonna run it up the gut.

  6. TheBucsAnthem Says:


    Everyone needs to stop complaining about the past and focus on the future

  7. Lord Cornelius Says:

    We’re actually 4th in scoring (34 PPG).

    Chiefs at 39.3 PPG
    New Orleans at 34.7 PPG
    Rams / Bucs tied at 34 PPG

    But I’ll take it!

  8. Alphabucfan Says:

    Dapostman don’t forgot the holding call that robbed us of a punt returned for a touchdown lol

  9. Afrika The Rapper Says:

    I hope that the offense takes this personally and goes out and demolishes Chicago. Go ‘Bucs !!!

  10. Dapostman Says:


    I was just referring to the red zone screw ups since the article was about the red zone. Yes there were other screw ups as well.

  11. Nick2 Says:

    No excuse why ROJO isn’t going to play. Averaging 3 yards per carry will not cut it. He has explosive play making ability but running behind mostly the 3rd string line did not help him in the preseason. Take a chance on a rookie Dirk it might be your last season if you dont’

  12. James Walker Says:

    I have no complaints about the play calling, except I would have onside kicked on the 50 yard line. That might not be Monken’s decision though.

  13. gambelero Says:

    Everybody is so worried about RoJo. If he can’t do passpro, he can’t play. Before the Pittsburgh game, our running backs, particularly Quizz, were playing lights out in passpro.

    It’s also possible that RoJo isn’t active because he isn’t a good enough receiver to be the third down back.

    It’s also possible that he doesn’t know the plays, schemes, reads, etc. well enough to be activated.

    It’s also possible that the coaches feel Wilson outplayed him in training camp and pre-season games.

    Personally, I’d like to see Quizz relegated to third downs (and clear passing downs–like 1st and 20) and see more of Wilson as the every third possession, number two running back.

  14. OneBucPerson Says:

    If y’all so concerned about RBs pass protecting to the point of keeping guys like Rodgers in the rotation then bench Barber and start Rojo. Dude is averaging less than 3 YPC, time for a change.

  15. Getaclue Says:

    Would of liked to see more screens with the aggressive blitz but not worried about the best offense we’ve ever had. More worried about the dismal defense

  16. Guzzie Says:

    Gamblers..it’s also possible the coach is an idiot, and the only reason we are 2-1 is because the idiot coach isn’t calling plays anymore, when Klueless calls plays we average 20 points a game, besides how can giving a guy a chance when the current RB isn’t doing the job, remember last year staying with Drug Martin

  17. richbucsfan Says:

    I don’t know whose gameplay that was Monday but it sure smelled of Koetter. Very predictable.

  18. pro43pro Says:

    Absolutely ridiculous. His playcalling at the end of the 1st half against the steelers was a joke. 2 minutes left, 1st and goal and you throw it 3 times to give a future hall of fame qb almost 2 minutes to drive down and score. Even if Godwin catches that TD, the steelers still get the ball back and score. Try running the ball for crying out loud!!!!

  19. mike Says:

    We are averaging over 30points a game. It makes a huge difference when the qb can hit the reciever in stride so he can run a get yards. We left soooo many yards on the field last year. Gonna have to protect the qb this week!

  20. Bird Says:

    2 drops in end zone by Godwin. Fumble by Godwin.

    Desean Jackson holding on punt return

    Hell yah that is on players.

  21. Rod Munch Says:

    Was he asked if Dirk told him to return to Dirk’s most coveted play, the run up the middle on 1st down against a stacked defense? Because he didn’t do that in weeks 1 and 2, yet ran that a bunch on Monday with the typical 1.8 ypc results we’ve seen the last two years. Also Dirk saying post game we must run more, that tells me Dirk is slowly taking back control of the play calling duties.

  22. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Also not sure how I feel about this answer of acting like he called a perfect game lol.

    Steelers were blitzing a lot and we only ran like 2 quick screens the entire game to counter. Should have ran at least 2-3 more screens to RBs to make them pay for over-committing to the blitz. PA to Barber and then dump it to him over the over-committing blitz with a ton of blockers in front him. Should have ran the ball more in general for balance.

    But wtfdik

  23. Pistol Pete Says:

    Several of us were asking if Koetter was calling the plays in the first half. It feel waaaay too familiar and frustrating.

  24. 813bucboi Says:


    that’s what I was thinking….I don’t think its a good idea throwing players under the bus…..sounds like he trying to say, I called the perfect game we lost because of the players….thats BS…..

    be careful what you say monken because what goes around comes around…..you don’t wantbarber saying if we ran the ball more we could’ve won but the person calling the plays aint getting me the ball…..

    monken could’ve said, ive got to do a better job of creating mismatches and players have to do a better job executing and winning their 1 on 1’s…..that would make everyone accountable…..

    #NOEXCUSESIN2018!!!!!….GO BUCS!!!!

  25. 813bucboi Says:


    I do agree with dirk that we should run more but it doesn’t have to be up the middle…lol….

    we need some jet sweeps from DJAX….RPO’s and bootlegs from winston…..

    #NOEXCUSESIN2018!!!!!…GO BUCS!!!!

  26. Bucsfanman Says:

    Lord C- I was thinking the same thing. We seemed to be looking downfield a lot. The best way to beat the blitz is to throw it where the defenders were, short.

  27. Son of Diekemper Says:

    Bucs beat themselves with drops, fumbles and penalties at the worse times. Love the way Monken talks players gotta be accountable for these mistakes. I’m looking for a bounce back in the windy city this Sunday

    GO BUCS!!!

  28. Destinjohnny Says:

    Need to get him a guard and a great back
    Then we would be hell on wheels
    Jason get with me on backs bro
    I can scout em

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  30. horse liver Says:

    The last three and out is what I would ask about and it looked like he was culpable there.

  31. Aaron Says:

    Godwin got hit helmet to helmet that’s why he fumbled and what about the jpp tap on big bens helmet,roughing the passer wtf! I’ve never heard of that rule before! Just cause it’s $h!t5burgh!😡

  32. Dave Says:

    Evans and OJ Howard are too big and strong. Every time they’re in the red zone one of them should get a touchdown

  33. lambchop Says:

    There’s no excuse for not getting chunk yards when opposing teams are scared to death of our aerial attack. If you can’t run with a passing offense like this, that is telling to the point that we have some seriously below average runners. The OL is doing their job as well. No excuses. If it doesn’t pick up in the 2nd quarter of the season, it never will.

    Might as well play RoJo and see what you got. Some guys just play better in real game situations. Don’t put him in passing downs if you’re scared of his passpro. It might be obvious when we run, but you can change it up with Barber, RoJo, and Wilson on running plays. But give him a shot to show some game breaking runs. You don’t get a RB in the 2nd Round for passpro. Work around his skill set if you’re a professional coach and get him on the field and his hands on the ball.

  34. lambchop Says:

    That’s also the case if he hasn’t picked up the playbook. So what? Put him in plays he gets. If Philly can change their offense to suit Foles’s style, why can’t the same be done for a RB who doesn’t have to make check downs, slide the OL, make reads, audible, etc. See hole, run. Or follow block and run. KISS. This kid, if he’s worth his salt, will show his skills when he’ll get a chance to use his instincts when he’s running. Don’t put him in passing downs.

  35. Kobe Faker Says:

    Agree with Munchie

    Kobe seen too many playcalls with Klueless dirty fingers

    Klueless should let Monken handle 100% of the scheme and playcalling

    Monken would probably include more rub/pick plays in the red zone

    *It baffles Kobe s mind why not put OJ isolated on 1 side and do a little out. It is indefensible

    Kobe Faker