Report: Former Bucs OC Todd Monken To Interview For His Old Job

January 27th, 2023

Todd Monken.

New offensive coordinator same as the old offensive coordinator?

Joe has no idea if this will take place and it’s sort of surprising, but a man who was replaced by failed Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich may be the same guy who will replace Leftwich.

Jenna Laine of ESPN reports that Georgia offensive coordinator and former Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken will interview with Tampa Bay for the open OC gig.

Monken was the Bucs’ previous OC having been in the position from 2016-2018. After perhaps the only year in his football career where he did not have success, as the Browns’ offensive coordinator (he didn’t call plays), Monken took over at Georgia and has had nothing but success.

In fact, Monken at Athens may have done the unthinkable: He turned a walk-on quarterback in Stetson Bennett into a two-time college football champion. Mel Kiper of BSPN predicts Bennett will be a second-day draft pick.

While here in Tampa working with Dirk Koetter, Monken is largely responsible for helping develop Mike Evans into the dominant receiver he is today.

71 Responses to “Report: Former Bucs OC Todd Monken To Interview For His Old Job”

  1. Drsesq Says:

    Definitely better than the other candidates mentioned so far and has some familiarity with the team

  2. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    Bring Monken back!

  3. Goatfarmer Says:

    Oh yes, oh please oh please oh please.

    Jason – pick him up at the airport and tell him, “Listen, when this thing turns into a pigshag, which everyone knows is going to happen, you will be the new head coach.” And in the interview room, someone should ask, “What advice would you give Todd on how to better ensure that his defensive players actually know who they are supposed to cover, what their gap assignments are, and who is supposed to cover the QB on a bootleg? Because in training camp and in practice, we need to be practicing against a defense that is, you know, good.”

  4. Elita Vita Says:

    Another vote for Monken here!

  5. DoooshLaRue Says:

    I’m a Monken fan, bring him back!
    I wonder if drafting Stetson Bennett might be part of the master plan?

  6. Goatfarmer Says:

    Bennett >>>>> Trashk.

    Bennett is another Brock Purdy type of player. I’d be fine with letting Trashk test his capabilities in the USFL or XFL, or some semi-pro league in Germany. He’d probably stare down his primary receivers all the time there, too.

  7. TombsEN Says:

    I hope people now stop complaining about no one wanting to interview with the Bucs because I haven’t seen anyone decline an opportunity to interview with them. Also, what team is going to let their OC go interview for another job??? The guys that are available are available for a reason clowns. Every OC job that has been filled has been filled by someone who was fired!!!! People haven’t turned down the chance to be interviewed by the Bucs so clearly they know something you clowns do not….

  8. Redeemer Says:

    The pro spread? Sure I’m fine with it. Need a QB to run it though. The Georgia offense has a about four first round picks. I always liked my monken. No complaints here. He’s light years smarter than the leftwit.

  9. EEK Says:

    repeat — upgrade from prior status — of course

    a bit of ptsd thinking about those horrific offenses with Winston racking up garbage time yardage after falling behind by 3 touchdowns after racking up first half 3 and outs

    sigh, and yet still an upgrade….

  10. RottenAmiigo94 Says:

    Possible tactic to lure back Brady. And worse case scenario Bowles replacement. I like it.

  11. SB~LV Says:

    Do you think Bowles will feel pressured?
    I am good with the hiring if it comes to that

  12. Leopold Stotch Says:


  13. Goatfarmer Says:

    Redeemer, always the wise takes. I agree.

  14. Weebs10 Says:

    As a Bucs fan I love this. But as a Georgia fan I hate this!!

  15. Zwak Says:

    This would be my choice!

  16. Anonymous Says:

    get him we keep tom

  17. ClwJB Says:

    This smells just like Lovie and Dirk some years ago

    Dead man walking hires his replacement

    Monken and the WR Fleck coach we’re both supposed to be superior and it looks like they both are

  18. Rod Munch Says:

    I wonder why he’d take a one-year job?

    Also, under Dirk, the team, most of the time, didn’t have a running game and was way to predictable. Not as bad as Leftwich, but you still knew 90% of 1st downs were going to be a run up the middle for 0 yards, until that stellar defense, lead by Ryan Smith and Chris Conte would have the team down by 21 points in the 2nd quarter.

  19. Aceofaerospace Says:

    Pay the man. Then at least Lovie’s, er, I mean Bowels replacement will be in house.

  20. Tye Says:

    Calm down guys!
    Its just an interview… He isn’t hired, yet…

  21. Lokog Says:

    No we already know he sucks we have seen this already and he failed

  22. Buddha Says:

    Monken is a five star, quality OC. I’ll never forget how he took big underdog Buccaneers team with Fitzpatrick into New Orleans and went bombs away for a huge upset over Peyton’s Saints.

  23. sasquatch Says:

    Lokog Says:
    January 27th, 2023 at 7:59 pm

    No we already know he sucks we have seen this already and he failed


  24. Joe Says:

    This smells just like Lovie and Dirk some years ago

    Dead man walking hires his replacement


  25. Seattle Buc is back in TB Says:

    I wonder if Monken would say Byron “Chose to Suck”.

  26. mark2001 Says:

    If Todd gets in the door, yell, “you are hired. Just give us your number and let me show you your office.” He knows many of these offensive guys and gives us probably the best chance to win, considering we aren’t going to get another guy with experience in the job that is worth a sniff.

  27. Letsbucinggo Says:

    I suspect offered him 3 mil a year and assistant head coach plus 10 mil guaranteed.

  28. David Says:

    Would love it!
    He has made Georgia a fantastic offense at the highest level of college football. Run, pass, screens, deep balls, and if you’ve watched them enough over the last few years, it just flows well. Everything the opposite of what BL did.

  29. View from 132 Says:

    Weird how everyone has their preferred coaches and players… it’s a team sport. If Monken succeeds, Bowles will look much smarter. A defensive head coach with lead that loves to blitz… okay, sure… let’s try that.

    Same with all the Trask haters. Trask has more physical talent than the Georgia QB, so why wouldn’t you hope Monk can coach him up instead of writing a guy off after a few series in the NFL?

  30. Curse of Gruden Says:

    If he has a chance to replace Bowles, he’s got my vote.

  31. Usedtocould Says:

    I’m all in on this. It would be an enormous upgrade.

  32. SB~LV Says:

    So … if he were to be hired , where does BA fit in ?
    He is certainly established and capable which would allow Bowles to focus on what he knows best, every thing on the defensive side.
    We will know soon enough.

  33. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Georgia’s offense sure is creative and productive..

    I vote yes.

  34. BigMacAttack Says:

    I like Monken too. He’s a sharp guy. But he has it made at Georgia and I wouldn’t give that up for a 2 year NFL job. He’s actually the one coach the Bucs should have kept when they ran Dirk.

  35. DoooshLaRue Says:

    The Tale of Two Todds.

    Which one will succeed?


  36. Cobraboy Says:

    I approve of Monken.


    I want Bowles gone.

  37. adam from ny Says:

    now we’re talkin’


  38. bob in valrico Says:

    I believe Monken is an innovative OC and is already familiar with some of the
    skill players on the team. In particular, I think he will be good for Evans who
    he has worked with before. Hope he kills the interview and bowls Bowles over with a plan to put some juice in this offense.

  39. steele Says:

    This would be an easy move, purely for familiarity. But as long as Bowles is HC, the impact of any hire under his control is questionable.

  40. MadMax Says:

    I like, but it wont matter as long as blowes is in charge…oh well, rebuild for 3 years anyway, so get us some high draft picks!

  41. HomerSimpsonRocks Says:


  42. SOEbuc Says:

    We’re going to rebuild and bring back COLLEGE OC with the best players in the country that was our NFL OC in the deep darkness of the dumpster fire years (with multiple prime weapons) with Koetter and back to back 5-11 seasons not long ago!!!

    …but yeah…great plan to bring him back.

  43. sasquatch Says:

    ^^ You obviously didn’t notice that the offense was pretty successful with Monken running it in Tampa. Point production was very good, and they did it partially with the immortal Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB. I’d say he’s a proven high-quality offensive coordinator that can bring explosive plays.

  44. BucsFan81 Says:

    Doesn’t matter who we hire Bowles will have final say and ruin the team.?

  45. BrianBucs Says:

    Would really like this hire.
    Monken has the rocks to stand up to Bowles when he keeps wanting him to run up the middle on 1st down or keep throwing 3 yard passes

  46. sasquatch Says:

    BrianBucs Says:
    January 27th, 2023 at 11:24 pm

    Monken has the rocks to stand up to Bowles when he keeps wanting him to run up the middle on 1st down or keep throwing 3 yard passes

    Leftwich called plays — it wasn’t Bowles calling for running up the middle on every 1st down.

    Try reading some other sources, you might be surprised to read that Bowles had asked Leftwich and the staff to diversify their running game because the offense had become too predictable in previous years. The only reason they succeeded was because they had superior talent at every position. Well, obviously, Leftwich didn’t do anything to diversify and get more creative. That’s not on Bowles.

    I agree that Monken would be a good choice and it’s a plus that he has a track record and knows how to run a balance of passing and running. And yeah, he’s not someone to be second guessed by a head coach with less understanding of offense.

  47. Frank Pillow Says:

    Todd is a straight shooter and a darn good coach. He’s too good for this job under Bowles. We all know it.

  48. Bucs since 76 Says:

    If they can get Monken out of Georgia that would a be great hire. However, I think Georgia will match any offer and he will stay at the Bulldogs

  49. sasquatch Says:

    ^^ They can match the money, but they can’t match the NFL if that’s where Monken wants to be.

  50. BRYAN KOHN Says:

    Welcome Back! Todd!

  51. Goatfarmer Says:

    Those dissing on Todd from his prior stint with the Bucs must have forgotten that Mike Smith retired on the job after 2016 and basically had a historically bad defense for two years, giving up yards and points like booty in a Thai gents’ club.

    It’s amazing that some of these capons even know how to turn on their posting device.

  52. sasquatch Says:

    Frank Pillow Says:
    January 27th, 2023 at 11:51 pm

    Todd is a straight shooter and a darn good coach. He’s too good for this job under Bowles. We all know it.

    Way to keep it positive and hopeful.

  53. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Yes to Monkin as OC.

    No to him replacing Bowles.

    If Bowles is replaced, it means we sucked against n, and Monk would not deserve to be HC.

  54. SOEbuc Says:


    Not. No one is good, especially coaches, being a back to back 5-11, not to mention Dirk Koetter is an offensive mind. People hate Bowles now because he can only control the defense. He was 13-25 as a head coach and 0-1 bowls. College coaching is not the same and the Bucs have absolutely no money.

    6-10 2019 at Cleveland OC fired immediately after the season. Like I said, Bucs aren’t Georgia at the moment. Any clown hire Harbaugh into the NFL HC he is 0-6 last six bowl games.

  55. The Anomaly Says:

    the only way todd comes back…brady

  56. lambchop Says:

    Deshaun Jackson on line 1?

  57. J Ghotier Says:

    I like the Todd Monken, Shea Tierney, Dan Pitcher and Keenan McCardell candidates the best so far in that order.

    I was for Monken to begin, but the up-and-coming, young, more innovative/less archaic Shea Tierney possibility and name intrigued me a lot….even if he wasn’t on the collective radar to begin with so to speak. I think that would be a very intriguing hire if he interviewed well with us.

    The McCardell and Pitcher candidates aren’t too shabby either!

  58. Mord Says:

    Am I correct in remembering Monken’s first stint here as OC as being more of a role of implementing Koetter’s offense than designing his own?

  59. Cobraboy Says:

    Monkey O in his first Buc stop was not the problem.

    The Smith D was the problem.

  60. Cobraboy Says:

    Monken. Damn speelchick.

  61. Letsbucinggo Says:

    Hire Todd, Kirby Smart only 47 if he wins it all next year he will have nothing more to gain in college so not hire him as head coach and can Bowles. Monken is already here the rest is history.

  62. Letsbucinggo Says:

    Leave out the not.

  63. Jmarkbuc Says:


    Have you been watching the Brandon Bronco style offense Leftfoot was running?

    College style would be a MASSIVE improvement.

    You or I would be a massive improvement. Who gets your vote? Jim Bob Cooter?

  64. Mort Says:

    YES! X 1000!

  65. sasquatch Says:

    SOE’s standard means just about every assistant in the NFL sucks because they’ve almost all been a part of losing seasons somewhere. So, since they all suck, why hire anyone? 🤣🤣🤣

  66. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Can not see him leaving Georgia for what could be a one year gig here in Tampa.
    I think he is merely going through the motions of this interview to use as possible leverage against Georgia one day when contract time comes.

  67. Bosch Says:

    Hire him as HC now and demote Bowels.

  68. Todd Says:

    Hire Monkman, draft Stetson!!!

  69. TampabayDJ82 Says:


  70. David Says:

    Doesn’t really matter who the OC is if we’re going to have that gator piece of trash trask at qb should of hired new head coach so we don’t have to do this same process next year

  71. DrunkinYbor Says:

    He always seemed like a A hole. But we were a very frustrating to yem to coach.