With Freddie Kitchens being named the head coach, the Cleveland Browns are now looking for a new offensive coordinator, with their first interview lined up.
The Cleveland Browns are planning to interview former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator, Todd Monken, for their vacant offensive coordinator position this weeked, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.
Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens is expected to remain as the offensive play-caller, but will need a coordinator to manage the overall unit when the team preps during the week.
Monken has spent the last three seasons coaching for the Buccaneers as the offensive coordinator, including coaching the wide receivers in 2016 and 2017.
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Although the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a lot of issues during Dirk Koetter’s tenure as head coach, the offense was one of the lone bright spots. The Buccaneers finished third in the league in total offense in 2018, averaging 415.5 yards per game. Tampa Bay also finished 12th in scoring offense, averaging 24.8 points per game.
The Buccaneers featured the best passing offense statistically in 2018, averaging 320.3 passing yards per game. The offense was able to accomplish this despite having Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback.
Monken has been coaching since 1989, spending most of his career in the college ranks. he received his first NFL in job in 2007, serving as the Jacksonville Jaguars wide receivers coach from 2007-2010. He spent three seasons as the head coach of the University of Southern Mississippi from 2013-2015 before returning to the NFL with the Buccaneers.
Monken was a candidate for the New York Jets head coaching vacancy this off-season, before the Jets decided to name Adam Gase as their next head coach.
If Monken is the first coach to interview for the offensive coordinator position, the Browns may view him in high regards. Although he would not be calling plays, his experience as a head coach and positions coach in college would certainly help the Browns offensive players develop under his tutelage.