Todd Monken Raves About Jameis Winston At His Introductory Browns News Conference

February 9th, 2019

Telling stuff right here.

Haters of Jameis Winston, America’s Quarterback, might want to find a sedative.

Former Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken now has the same job with the Browns, and Monken met the Cleveland media yesterday for the first time as part of a formal news conference. Quality Bucs chatter emerged.

First, Joe found it compelling that in the buddy-system league that is the NFL (see Bruce Arians’ coaching staff) Monken revealed that he never met new Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens before getting hired a few weeks ago. That’s big-time respect for Monken the man. And it’s even more interesting because Arians was Kitchens’ mentor.

Anyway, Monken was asked about now coaching another No. 1-overall-pick quarterback, Baker Mayfield, after working with another No. 1 overall pick in Jameis. Would that help Monken understand Mayfield’s mindset? he was asked.

“Oh, I don’t know. The one thing that I hear about Baker, similar to Jameis, Jameis is a tremendous young man,” Monken said with great passion in his voice. “He loves football. He’s very intelligent. He’s passionate about it. He owns it. Those are all the things I hear about Baker, a guy that loves football, loves to compete, loves to be around the building and owns his mistakes, which is a great start.”

Candid Monken absolutely didn’t have to go out of his way to glow about Jameis like that. But he did.

That doesn’t take away the fact Jameis is inconsistent and a master of turnovers, but it should let you know Jameis is on the right track and ripe for Arians to make him great again.

37 Responses to “Todd Monken Raves About Jameis Winston At His Introductory Browns News Conference”

  1. teacherman777 Says:

    check spelling of Jameis.

  2. Jean Lafitte Says:

    You also need to be a little more pragmatic and understand that Monken is marketing himself, (Actually, Joe is being very pragmatic and Joe understands when coaches go out of their way to say things they don’t have to say without being asked, versus coaches propping up players to make themselves look good. Feel free to watch the video of how Monken says this, as well.–Joe) and he’s not going to say something that would cast a shadow on his own career. Especially since he was a major influence on JW. Wouldn’t that be like committing career hara-kiri before he starts a new chapter.

    Jameis has got to take that next positive step forward this season. I think the “haters” realize that Jameis is here, and there is nothing they can do to change that. Jameis needs to play smart football and let others gain confidence in him. What his teammates feel about him is all that matters.

  3. John B Says:

    Monken is going to be a HC in this league one day – probably after he rips it up with Mayfield for a couple years – will be very interested to see his play calling without DK influence.

  4. Morgus the Magnificent Says:

    Why do people like Monken, when talking about Winston, always feel compelled to say he’s “intelligent” ?

  5. Buc50 Says:

    Monken is the number 1 guy that did NOT deserve to be fired. I’m glad he went to the Browns. Mayfield will love him.

  6. Stanglassman Says:

    Maybe because he is intelligent and if you only listened to national news you’d have the wrong impression of him. I don’t see why you’ll feel so compelled to twist and contort the articles to fit your narrative when the facts are presented to you.

  7. Destinjohnny Says:

    Was wanting him to go to bama as the oc

  8. ShutTheBucUp Says:

    @John B.
    Monken will not be calling plays in Cleveland. That job is still Freddie Kitchens.

  9. stpetebucsfan Says:


    I think they say JW is intelligent because he’s done so many stupid things and said some idiotic stuff.

    Most of that was immaturity and perhaps some emotional issues not to be confused with a lack of intelligence.

    JW finally won me over the final half dozen games. He led quietly instead of all the theatrics…do we really want him to return to eating W’s. Sometimes JW tries too hard. Those last six games he seemed to let the game come to him instead of forcing things.

    The first time I saw him at the end of the year turn and just intentionally throw the ball into the cheap seats instead of forcing it…I jumped up and yelled Glory Hallelujah…he’s finally getting it.

    And it’s just the beginning. I think his decision making will only get better under BA and Leftwich.

  10. Morgus the Magnificent Says:

    Stanglassman…..But I never hear that about other NFL starting QB’s. It’s a given.

  11. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Morgus, stop hating so much. There are a lot of QBs who aren’t referred to as intelligent. Only the good ones are typically referred to as smart for the most part. The haters don’t want to hear that because Monken is basically saying JW is a franchise QB and he is hoping the Mayfield will have some of the good traits that JW has.

  12. AlteredEgo Says:

    So does this mean he’ll be a Brown in 2020 ?

  13. BucsFanSince1976 Says:

    After seeing the throws that Goff was unable to make in the big game , I am even more convinced JW is going to be a great QB. Goff was exposed for what he is , an average QB surrounded by a quality football team. Buccos surround JW with a quality team and watch out for Tampa Bay.

  14. tickrdr Says:

    Just my opinion, but I encourage everyone to watch the entire introductory press conference of Todd Monken. I enjoyed it very much, both from a football and personal viewpoint.


  15. ben Says:

    Bucs qb was rated way BELOW AVERAGE by the nfl … Was it poor coaching ?? If so then why did Atlanta jump on Dirk bringing him back as soon as he became available ?

  16. 1sparkybuc Says:

    Stanford does not make an attempt to attract QBs who are not intelligent. Maturity was an issue 3 or 4 years ago. IQ was/is not.

  17. Kobe Faker Says:

    “There has not been a QB and possibly any player in the history of the NFL…

    that has improved his body, quickness, speed, agility, quick twitch skills from his 1st day as a pro than now

    with unbelievable hard work and dedicated hours and hours of intense training he has built his athletic physical skills

    his quickness and speed around the pocket and running for yards and to score,…

    improvement is absolutely amazing…it is downright a weapon compared to be a hindrance with lack of athleticism when he came into the league

    All these skills he has built by himself because of the quest to be great. JW wants to be coached hard. No one will out work him….than JW got…

    Klueless Koetter who doesnt know a thing about development

    As Kobe has stated 3 years ago to the sheep, Klueless was a mistake

    let us hope that BA and Leftwich can lead JW to an elite level in the NFL”

    Kobe Faker

  18. Buc1987 Says:

    Morgus the Magnificent…really cause I hear it all the time. Heard it about MANY qb’s when coaches talk about them.

    According to multiple reports, Winston graduated high school with a 4.0 GPA, juggling multiple honor’s courses all while tutoring other students.

    BucsFanSince1976…Jared Goff led his team to the Super Bowl….it was all him or so THEY will have you believe. He’s done more in the NFL than Jameis cause HE led his team to the SB. Just like the great Trent Dilfer…..

  19. SB Says:

    I am a JW supporter but the dude thought cockroaches gave live birth.

    If he had so many roaches in his house growing up did he not see the eggs?

  20. Not there yet Says:

    It’s still funny after BA threw all his support behind Winston people come to this site to cry like little sissy girls. You don’t sound objective or like haters you just seem real pathetic and sad. The guy that actually coached him had a compliment and sissy girls still think anyone cares about your stupid opinion

  21. BOD24 Says:

    NOT America’s QB. Sorry Joe.

  22. Buc1987 Says:

    When applying to Stanford.

    They won’t even look at your game film until they go over your transcripts.

    Yet our boy Winston got accepted to Stanford.

  23. tmaxcon Says:


    Dilfer would have had multiple rings and a hall of fame career if he did not get drafted by one of the most ignorant offensive minds on earth dungy the clown failure….

  24. tmaxcon Says:

    Regardless of the racists… excuse me, i mean redneck haters bucfan must accept winston is by far the most important buc of all time and 3rd most talented player in franchise history behind sapp and selmon….. again doesnt mean much considering the garbage that as played in Tampa…. not to mention the underachieving garbage players low standard bucfan calls legendary….

    Those calling 3 ignorant obviously have not had a facec to face conversation with undisputed most ignorant buc of all time 55…. popularity does not make one intelligent

  25. firethecannons Says:

    People that know Jameis are compelled to talk about how intelligent he is based on obvious fact that he has done so many stupid things and it is hard to believe he has more than an average or less IQ. Honestly he has done stupid stuff. Stuff we do not even think about-in a season he has thrown multiple hail mary turn overs. Seems ok right? Not ok for a dude that is always getting roasted for too many int.’s. Those could be reigned in. Stupid. He has thrown the ball up for grabs during sacks instead of tucking and going down. Stupid. These behaviors are stupid along with all the other stupid on and off field baloney. The right coach at the right time must get through to him and then he will be able to progress. He gets desperate and that is when the stupid really comes out. We will see, I do not think he had respect on a deep level for Koetter.

  26. firethecannons Says:

    I believe in JW going forward. It is just that he is extreme motivated to win causing him to do high risk moves that are in hind sight “stupid” He cares nothing about how it makes him look. BA has great potential to get Winston properly routed as he has worked with many QB’s and knows how to do it if anyone does. The haters should take comfort in the fact that if Jameis remains “stupid” next year then he will be jettisoned. He will be branded unfixable and will be dumped accordingly and Bucs will get a new QB. There is only one more year of this or Jameis will of turned the corner. I am ok either way as Jameis going forward puts us in cap space hell from here on in.

  27. cmurda Says:

    Not only was that a relief to hear Monken talk like that, but it shows Monken’s class. Moken was one of the only, allow me to rephrase, the only bright spot on our coaching staff. Maybe Buckner but that’s a stretch. More importantly, the haters don’t seem to realize that JW has it. He just needs the supporting cast and coaching to allow him to blossom.

  28. cmurda Says:

    @firethecannons. Run that part about Jameis throwing hail marys that result in picks being wrong again. I’m trying to give you the benefit of the doubt here but I can’t wrap my finger around that.

  29. Defense Rules Says:

    Wow Joe, you caught me by surprise. Yet another article about Jameis, leading to more comments that some JBFers are ‘haters’, that some cry like ‘sissy girls’ (really?), and of course that Jameis is super intelligent (haven’t seen any studies comparing IQ to TD passes thrown but I’m sure one’s on its’ way). So you prefer Joe ignore the outgoing offensive coordinator talking about Jameis in context? –Joe

    I wish folks would just press the RESTART button on Jameis & let’s see what transpires from here on forward. Hopefully it’s ALL POSITIVE, because the Bucs have enough other things to be concerned with beyond who our QB will be next year.

    And Joe I have to think you’ve been following our current president’s Tweets a bit too closely. Your ending that Jameis is “ripe for Arians to make him GREAT AGAIN” kinda assumes that Jameis was great at least once before. Some JBFers would obviously argue with that assumption.

  30. smallaxe Says:


  31. Jaywill Says:

    Funny how Baker, Deshaun, and Mahomes are viewed as intelligent but Winstom isnt and he had a better score on the wonderlic than all them and one less than Peyton Manning.

  32. sunshine Says:

    And Mariota had a higher score then Winston but what does that prove …Its actions on and off the field that matter

  33. tmaxcon Says:

    you people talking about peoples intelligence is hilarious… if you want to laugh at intelligence put Mike Tyson and 55 against other on jeopardy you talk about comedy it would be the first episode in history that not a single answer was correct….

  34. D1 Says:


    I don’t know what you’re referring to as the one constant with Winston is that any evaluation begins with a mention of his intelligence. I haven’t heard intelligence mentioned with Watson or Mahomes and rarely with Baker.

    Buc 1987,

    I had to laugh when I read, stanford won’t even look at game film until they review a prospects transcripts. That’s not true and not how the process works.

    Additionally, there’s a difference between being accepted and offered.

  35. firethecannons Says:

    I reread what I wrote-doesn’t make a whole lotta sense to me either. I had 3 coffees and then wrote that. Anyway-Jameis does alot of stupid things on and off the field. So many ways he can improve. I expect he will. I hope so. He is very motivated.

    Throwing the hail marys is stupid as they result in int.’s causing his turnover ratio to get worse.

    Most of the time, I am a JW supporter. Those games though that he throws multiple int.s are really hard to watch and he has to stop that or he will be playing somewhere else next year.

  36. geno711 Says:

    Monken said with great passion in his voice… went out of his way to glow about Jameis…

    His voice passion was the same in the press conference when talking about working with Dirk Koetter.

  37. DalvinCookRules Says:

    Koetter and Monken had an effective system, overall, but it did not play to JWs strengths, unfortunately. Winston has improved greatly from college to the NFL, but a lot of that improvement is masked by his mistakes–which is as much a product of being in a bad system (for him) as his coaches’ lack of ability in developing him–not to mention, he was on a horrible team (the fault of the GM).