Todd Monken Talks About The Tampa “Misnomer”

February 11th, 2019

Former Bucs OC Todd Monken

Were there widespread misconceptions about the Buccaneers’ offense?

Former Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken, the new Browns OC, thinks so.

After raving about the Buccaneers’ diverse offense and the devotion of America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, Monken later told Cleveland media last week that the Tampa Bay offense wasn’t quite what it seemed to be.

He noted it was very run-pass balanced except when the Bucs were in deep holes, which was habitual.

A reporter told Monken that Browns QB Baker Mayfield quipped that Monken might need some convincing to hand the ball off to running back Nick Chubb.

“Oh, I don’t know about that,” Monken replied. “I think that’s a little bit of a stretch. I like scoring points, so however that is … I think that’s a little misnomer; at Tampa we did throw it. I do like to throw it, of course. But if you take first-quarter [Bucs] stats, if you take the first half, if you take one-score games, you’ll find [the Bucs] were right there with a lot of other teams that made the playoffs and it wasn’t that extreme. But as we all know, the more often you’re in two-minute, the more you’re at the end of the game and you’re down, the more often you’re going to throw it.”

Joe won’t question Monken’s stats here on the Bucs’ run-pass balance compared to other teams. However, it’s understandable that Mayfield thought Monken might be committed to running the football.

Against the Browns in October, Jameis Winston attempted 52 passes and ran/scrambled 10 other times, plus he took four sacks. That’s 66 freakin’ dropbacks in a one-score game in which the Bucs led 16-2 at halftime. It’s a Bucs life.

That overtime win uplifted the Bucs to 3-3, but it was one of the ugliest displays of professional football Joe had seen in a while. It’s no surprise that sparked a four-game Bucs losing streak that rightfully ended the Dirk Koetter regime.

12 Responses to “Todd Monken Talks About The Tampa “Misnomer””

  1. BucEmUp 7 Says:

    Historically bad defense will equal poor run game every sunday


  2. Stu Says:

    *Nick Chubb

  3. JimmyJack Says:

    Peyton Barber did not have one game this year with 20 or more rushes.

    Even when he had a game where he was effective the Bucs refused to committ to the run. They didn’t want to run the ball, they purposely made us a one dimensional football team and it’s why out PPG never matched our yardage totals.

    Our offense was better under Lovie Smith and that is freaking embarrassing for Dirk.

  4. Trench War Says:



    Even if we had wanted to run the ball there would have been too many 3 and outs the way our offensive line was terribly ineffective creating any creases. They spent most of the aftermath of every running play getting off their collective @sses with no one any further than a foot from the line of scrimmage. Forget about asking guards to pull when they can’t even dominate the spot they’re already standing in. They’re lucking I’m not their coach, “it would be to the sleds with them” evry single day.

  5. geno711 Says:

    That Cleveland game was the one that Jameis checked out of the play that lead to the safety and then at the end of regulation was responsible for taking the sack when they were in field goal range.

    It was during Winston’s stretch of bad games. He looked better at the end of the year but he was more bad in that Cleveland game than good.

    I continue to be in the middle on Winston and for years have compared Winston’s upside to Carson Palmer. So let’s hope that Arians can get him there.

  6. DB55 Says:

    Jameis gave the def a 7 point lead going into the 4th. If it wasn’t that McIceCream didn’t play AND we actually had a goal line stand (again bc McIceCream didn’t play) we would have lost that game too.

    Fact is Jameis has given this team leads going into the fourth and the def with their star-player in the trenches always finds a way to give up the booty. Yet when he’s out we find a way to win, ugly or not.

    Things that make you say hmmmm.

  7. 813bucboi Says:


    i agree….

    the funniest thing was folks claiming we had the #1 offense and were happy about those stats while disregarding the “W’s” & “L’s”…….

    embarrassing indeed….


  8. 813bucboi Says:


    not here to defend winston’s performance that game but he did attempt 52 passes, ran/scrambled 10 other times, plus he took four sacks….he was mentally and physically drained….

    still no excuse to perform poorly but the coaches shouldve/couldve helped him out a bit more….


  9. SB Says:

    Bradley Chubb plays LB for Denver Joe

  10. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I love how none of the former coaches have anything negative to say about the Bucs organization. Says a lot.

  11. Ben the Ga Buc Says:

    Looks like Baker Mayfield will be handing off to Kareem Hunt as well … Bucs … wah wah wah

  12. Barack's Crack Pipe Says:

    Does anyone know for sure how many games Monk really called this season? I know a lot of us thought we saw Koetter take over a couple times.

    Does Monken sound like maybe he’s gone a bit la-la? Maybe it’s just me…