Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken roasted Jameis Winston in his first press conference with the Baltimore Ravens.
What was that old saying in Game of Thrones, the north remembers?
Well, Todd Monken remembers too — he remembers all of the interceptions he watched Jameis Winston throw in Tampa Bay.
Monken was introduced as the new Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator recently and used the occasion to take a shot at his former quarterback. Monken was the Bucs offensive coordinator for three of Winston’s seasons in Tampa Bay, and made it very clear he won’t ever forget that time in his coaching career.
Not for good reasons, either.
It’s not a new clip, but it’s been doing the rounds recently among Bucs fans and reporters who seem to have all stumbled upon it at the same time. Monken takes what can only be interpreted as a jab at Winston when talking about the places he’s been and the interceptions he’s seen.
“When I was in Tampa we had really good receivers,” Monken gloated. “We had Desean [Jackson], Mike Evans, we had Chris Godwin, we had Adam Humphries, O.J. Howard, Cam Brate.”
What a trip down memory lane that was, as Monken essentially listed off the highlights of what Bucs fans got to watch over the course of his time there — most of which consisted of otherwise forgettable football.
Then he got to the reason why, and his dig at Winston.
“We had quarterbacks who loved to throw it, sometimes to the other team but they loved to throw,” Monken said with the straight face of a man still scared by what he had to endure.
Todd Monken takes a shot at Jameis Winston in first Ravens press conference
It’s not as vicious a shot as it could have been, but the fact that Monken diverted even briefly from the point he was making to mention Jameis’ interceptions says all you need to know.
Monken could have returned to the Bucs this offseason, as he interviewed for the team’s offensive coordinator position after Byron Leftwich was fired after a Wild Card loss to the Cowboys. Before the Bucs could make a decision, Monken took the job with the Ravens — a gig that Leftwich was rumored to be attached to early on in the process.
Dave Canales ended up getting the offensive coordinator job in Tampa Bay, but neither coach has a solid quarterback situation at the moment. We all know what’s happening with the Bucs and Monken wasn’t promised that Lamar Jackson would be his quarterback next season.
Jameis Winston, meanwhile, is expected to be cut by the Saints after they added Derek Carr. It’s unlikely he ends up reuniting with either Monken or the Bucs, but it’s interesting to see where the chips have fallen so many years after all three were working together.