Redskins: 30 candidates who could potentially replace Jay Gruden as head coach
Remember when Ryan Fitzpatrick was playing like the second coming of Tom Brady early last season? That was partially thanks to Todd Monken. Then the Buccaneers’ offensive coordinator, Monken was able to help lead the offense to be a top-five unit despite poor blocking and an unsettled quarterback situation.
His success there could be appealing to the Redskins.
Last year, I listed Monken as my second-favorite offensive coaching option for the Redskins to target if they moved on from Gruden. Here’s what I said about him in that piece.
"For the Redskins, Monken would offer an innovating, new approach to the offense… Monken’s play-calling has been very good and if he can get a legitimate quarterback at some point, he could really become one of the young coaching stars in the league. If you’re looking to find a great offensive mind with a proven track record of success, Monken is one of the guys that you will like. Washington should give him a hard look if they decide to move on from Gruden, as Monken could help to bring the offense to the next level within a couple of years of joining the team."
And that proven track record of success came at Southern Miss, with the Buccaneers, and it landed him a job with the Browns.
However, Monken’s offense, and Baker Mayfield in particular, hasn’t performed well this year. That may be a bit on head coach Freddie Kitchens as well as Monken, but the alarming inability to get anything going in the passing game causes Monken to fall in this update of the rankings. He still has been a good coordinator for multiple years and in Washington, he could help the offense out.
Monken could move up if Mayfield and the Browns offense start clicking again with an easier part of their schedule approaching. But for now, he’s downgraded significantly because of the struggles of the Browns this year.