A favorite assistant among the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan base will be headed to Cleveland to join a new-look staff.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Todd Monken, former offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will accept the same job with the Cleveland Browns.
Bucs new head coach Bruce Arians opted to bring his staff in, which meant that Monken would become one of the most sought after candidates in the league.
Monken helped lead one of the best offenses in the NFL last season. Tampa Bay ranked third with 415.5 yards per game. Most of the damage was done through the air as the Bucs averaged an NFL best 320.3 yards per game.
Taking over as the play-caller for Dirk Koetter, Monken proved that he belonged in the NFL. He had successful runs with both Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Monken was one assistant most Bucs fans felt deserved to stick around. However, with Arians’ connections around the sport, it was going to be hard for any assistant of Koetter to remain in 2019.
His success as the play caller in Tampa led to multiple interviews for head coaching jobs around the league. Although he wasn’t able to land a top job, Monken will be able to create another successful unit in hopes to add one more line to his impressive resume.
Monken will work with Arians’ protege in Freddie Kitchens to create a high-powered attack behind Baker Mayfield and a young core of talent in Cleveland.
The Browns job was a coveted job around the league. It’s rare for a coach to get the chance to work with a young talent like Mayfield. Cleveland’s staff has come together nicely as former Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks will serve as the team’s defensive coordinator.
Hopefully, Monken can get a top job soon. He has plenty of experience as both a coordinator and head coach. He spent three seasons running the show at Mississippi State.
Another former Bucs coach also landed a new gig on Sunday.
According to SiriusXM’s Alex Marvez, the Jacksonville Jaguars plan to hire former Buccaneers offensive line coach George Warhop.