Koetter, Monken In Demand

December 16th, 2018

“Monk, we’ve got leverage.”

Both Bucs Bit-O-Honey-snacking, Ozark-watching, yams-eating coach Dirk Koetter and offensive coordinator Todd Monken are popular men in the NFL.

That’s the word from heavy-metal headbanging Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.com.

In a column this morning, La Canfora writes Team Glazer already has begun gathering information on potential head coaching candidates in case they pull the trigger on Koetter, which La Canfora said is an expected transaction in league circles.

However, La Canfora’s sources also tell him several head coaches, both current and prospective, are anxiously awaiting Team Glazer to make a move because they want Koetter and/or Monken on their staffs.

That includes head coaching candidates and head coaches already in place; both will be ready to vie for Koetter and Monken’s services in 2019.

Koetter has been a well-respected NFL coordinator for over a decade now, and will have his pick of several jobs if he is let go as expected in Tampa. Monken has earned rave reviews for his work with Tampa’s offense in 2018, taking over play calling, and is atop the wish list of several potential head coaches who are trying to pencil in potential staffs ahead of their interviews with owners next month. …

Neither will be out of work long.

Just off the top of Joe’s head, imagine what Koetter could do with Cincinnati’s weapons? And it’s not like he doesn’t know the head coach there.

You know what the sad thing is here? Koetter and Monken built one of the best offenses in the NFL, surely the best in Bucs history. And because Koetter willfully and completely ignored the atrocious defense until it was too late (provided it was actually his call), Mike Smith’s poor performance Pearl Harbored Koetter.

40 Responses to “Koetter, Monken In Demand”

  1. NewTampaChris Says:

    The Peter Principle — Koetter went one level too high for his talents. Also see: Raheem Morris and Greg Schiano. Notice a bit of a pattern?

  2. tmaxcon Says:


    Koetter only mistake was accepting a job with the worst run sports franchise in all of pro sports…. Tampa is where careers come to DIE. ftont office, coaches and players, no one can survive a Glazer owned franchise regardless of continent

  3. Dewey Selmon Says:

    There is a chance we don’t finish in last place. So we going to fire the guy who had 1 last place finish in 3 years and has the highest scoring team in 42 years? The offense has broken numerous franchise records under Dirks command. I know stats are for losers but maybe if Duffner has a whole offseason to work with the defense we can turn this around, We are not to far off. 1 more year, then blow it up.

  4. Destinjohnny Says:

    If dirk can have the number 1 offense with a marginal qb no running game
    And the 29th worst line in the nfl?
    Imagine would he could do if we had a great gm

  5. JJV Says:

    It gets old blaming the same people over and over. Finally, the Times article this morning got it right. I have been saying the same thing for a long time. The Glazers are the one constant factor in all the dysfunction over the years. The main blame should be focused on them at the top of the organization. It was appropriate that there was local media that had the courage and insight to actually criticize and challenge them. Sure, it will have little impact on their decisions. But it sire was refreshing to see the truth told in the local media.

  6. B Says:

    Won t be surprised if he remains.

    Needs to work on that o line he maintains as being so good!

  7. Dapostman Says:

    Koetter has the best offense Tampa has ever seen?

    Tampa has never had a Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Adam Humphries.

    With respect to Jimmie Giles, Tampa has never had an O.J. Howard.

    Tampa has never had a Jameis Winston.

    Gee I wonder why Koetter has had the best offense Tampa has seen.

  8. Buc1987 Says:

    I’m where tmax is at…which is partially why I never post anymore. Read some comments from time to time. I have to chuckle at all the fans pointing fingers at this and that as to the reason why the Bucs suck. Jameis haters….sigh.

    The Bucs have been consistent losers. No matter the roster or big splash signing, or how high they draft.


  9. TheBucsAnthem Says:


    ANY COACH with offensive weapons this team has had this whole year would’ve been successful if they had any kinda coaching experience on offense.

    Sorry Joe…………I’m not buying.

    Koetter and Monken will be fine for this year alone, but are extremely suspect on a team with average talent on offense.

    This whole organization needs an Oil change……..


  10. TrollSlayer Says:

    im with tmax as well and i have disagreed with alot tmax has said in the past this team isnt gonna win as long as we have poor ownership and continuing to allow loser mentality players to stick around as franchise pieces(GMAC i used to love you man you have disappointed me too!) but unfortunately GMAC is NOT the biggest dead weight that falls solely on the glazers shoulders

  11. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Lol! NFL teams are not stupid. They see Klueless 7 step drops and having the QB hold the ball. Its going to break thier QB in half and they want Klueless to be OC?

    Mr bifocaled Idaho potatoe Head is going WWE with Vince McMahon and the new XFL and Josh Freeman is going to be the QB”

    Kobe Faker

  12. JabooBuc Says:

    I vote they keep the staff as is for another year while also doing their best to sure up the OL and secondary. If you seriously look at what Dirk has had to deal with, hard not to give him the benefit of doubt.

    I think today says a lot about ifnthis team is playing for him. It’s cold and rainy, they are basically out of contention, injuries all over the field and their coach is on the hot seat. All of that is a recipe for disaster and a lot of teams would just mail it in.

    However, if they go out and get a W today then you must conclude that Dirk has the team backing him.

  13. Loyaltotheend Says:

    Glazers need to stay away from any coordinators can’t wait for a guy to develop into a coach

  14. tiredoflosing Says:

    Fire Koetter, hire Monken!

  15. Knoxville Bucs Fan Says:

    Tmax Don’t be so ignorant Who’s the highest paid coach in NFL history? I think he’s doing quite well don’t you? Gruden is gonna love Vegas. Hell who wouldn’t. Mr Tony Dungy didn’t let the fans down in Indy did he? Sean Mcvay was here as well. Anyways my point STFUP

  16. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Hire Monken? what has he done? everything he has done has been under someone else’s offense.

  17. Aceofaerospace Says:

    I don’t want or trust dirk for anything more than an offensive coordinator. This season was wasted because of his ignorant decision to keep Smith. He does not deserve another season. Period.

  18. Jameis Wienstien Says:

    There is a very good reason why the intelligent fans within our fan base want #3 gone, Joe.

  19. Howard Cosell Says:

    The sane decision is to keep Koetter.
    Not sure if the Glazers actually WANT to change coaches every 2 years. Seriously……. Maybe they make more money that way?

    Again the problem is the Glazers not Koetter.
    Keep Koetter

  20. Howard Cosell Says:

    No way the Glazers can upgrade over Koetter. I guarantee the next coach will be looked at in history as a downgrade from his predecessor.
    It will be Morris to Shiano part 2

    BUcslife YEah baby

  21. donuts Says:

    Jason is just another national talking head who really doesn’t know what he is talking about in Tampa. He seagulls in and shats all over and then leaves based on what someone minion told him. I didnt forget that BS story about Winston – Koetter fighting early on this season. Media BS creating division. The only thing Jason is right about is that there is an exit plan for the current regime.

    If Koetter was so great on O, why cant this team run the ball? Against ANY team in the NFL. I dont believe the hype and it sounds like agent week 16 boosting for clients who will be looking.
    While passing is a key to any NFL offense, his inability to develop the OL and acquire a running game to help Winston was a HUGE HC mistake. His focus on the offense was not good enough either compared to the total ignorance to make change until it was way too late for a predictable defense. I liked Monken’s play calling way better than Koetter and his ego would not let it continue to the detriment of the team. Do you think other NFL owners took notice of that? I think so he wont be any more than a OC ever again. He is limited.

  22. tmaxcon Says:


    the national media and the rest of the world understand the bucs perfectly. the minor league Bucs franchise is closer to Jerry Springer than Steelers Dynasty…. The ownership, front office and team have been a joke for nearly 2 decades. Don’t shoot the messenger accept the reality we are fans of the poorest ran sports franchise on planet earth and the laughingstock of the nfl yearly. 2 good years in 42 will do that to you…

  23. Tc Says:

    Fact, Bucs do have the #1 rated offense in nfl, ahead of the chiefs, rams and saints. Bad kicking, defense and Licht killed this team. Koetter was too loyal to mike smith.

  24. Not there yet Says:

    Head coach is way over koetters head. He’s acted like a coordinator the entire time anyway. That’s all he’s good at and it’s expected he would be wanted for a coordinator position knowing he’ll never get a chance to coach again as the head man.

    As far as Monken is concerned yea his stock rose this year meaning a new head coach could come in and decide to keep him, especially a defensive coach who knows the offense can keep the team afloat with tweaking of the o line the major need.

  25. martinii Says:

    Hope I live long enough to see Koetter come back and stomp our franchise into the turf, maybe it will happen the year we finally have a chance to go to the playoffs and Dirk will seal our fate. Like I’ve said to many time, “Be careful what you wish for Tampa Fans.”

  26. StoutGospel Says:

    Check it Bucs fans! Is this guy not a clairvoyant or what?! JOHN HARBAUGH. Courtesy of PFT….


    Team Glazer go get JOHN Harbaugh!

  27. tmaxcon Says:

    instead of getting pissed off at outsiders and calling fans that don’t accept losing as well as low standard bucfan Haters and point the blame where it belongs and that is right at the feet of the glazers… it’s one thing to have a bad 3 or 4 year run but you actually have to try hard to field embarrassing team after embarrassing team for nearly 2 decades. again don’t hate on those of us who have standards and don’t accept losing for nearly two decades. you can make excuses and justify your low standards all day long but again reality sucks when you are a bucfan with glazers calling the shots.

  28. kgh4life Says:

    I’m not surprised by the interest in Koetter,he’s been in the NFL for a while now and any he’s been the offense has performed well. The Jaguars had a strong rushing attack and the Falcons during his tenure had an explosive offensive as well. He’s just not head coaching material.

  29. tmaxcon Says:

    if multiple teams are making a run at Harbaugh you can guarantee he will not commit career suicide by accepting a position with this circus.

  30. MHBuc25 Says:

    It will be nice to see Koetter return to a locker room with the mental acuity to win games. Get a QB that’s not a turnover machine and a locker room with a way. Good luck Dirk!

  31. Mike Johnson Says:

    To be honest..the problem with this franchise is..THE GLAZERS.
    Koetter might not be bad if he could select a good DC. But judging by the way the majority of fans feel now? They feel betrayed at Koetters insistence on keeping Smitty and all the losses he accrued with his defensive strategies or lack thereof.
    So Koetter is probably gone and definitely gone if he cannot beat ATL in the final game.

  32. Joe Says:

    Hire Monken? what has he done? everything he has done has been under someone else’s offense.

    Only turned around a winless Southern Miss team and in three years got them to a bowl and developed an NFL quarterback despite running a spread offense.

    Nah, Monken hasn’t done a damned thing (not to mention how he “fixed” Mike Evan.

  33. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I’m hoping Koetter & the Bucs win today….then we can talk about this another week.

  34. passthebuc Says:

    they are in demand alright,

    there are a couple of undertakers lurking outside of One Buc Place

  35. RyJo Says:

    Good for Koetter & Monken. I hope they land on their feet.

  36. Defense Rules Says:

    Wow, just wow. Keep seeing the same comments over and over. We had yet another bad year. It’s Koetter’s fault. It’s Licht’s fault. It’s the Glazers’ fault. Uhhh, just a thought: None of them is blameless in this sheet-show. Glazers were the ones who dual-hatted a brand-new HC as the OC. Licht was the one whose drafting & FA pickups didn’t provide enough talent to BOTH our offense AND defense to give Koetter a fighting chance. Koetter (he of the ‘nice guy’ fame) has made more than his own share of mistakes as both a HC and OC. They’re ALL culpable.

  37. westernbuc Says:

    That’s some serious spin, tearing apart the best offense in team history because of reactionary egos. Good luck.

  38. BUCS BAGIJ Says:

    I don’t know if Koetter has it as a play caller anymore. Facing Baltimore’s aggressive defense there were no misdirection or screenplays. Just predictable run and pass plays.

  39. Duke Silver Says:

    Keep the coaches! Fire GM.

  40. (Ed Kerber Says:

    Koetter is not a head coach. He is a system Offrnsive coordinator His Offense puts up yards, not points. He can’t fix special teams and defense (doesn’t seem he wants to either). No way Gruden would let a sorry defense last. He challenged the Dungy D to be better. And they were great for many years. Even after the “stars” of the d went elsewhere. The most consistent coach in Bucs history was Dungy. The most effective was Gruden (if he could only evaluate talent). Sam Wyche was an innovator. McKay (the first Coach) was a builder. Other than that all other coaches sunk. We need a Dungy type.