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The Cleveland Browns reportedly hired Todd Monken as their new offensive coordinator Sunday, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. He filled the same role with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2016 through 2018.
The early reaction to the hire has been positive:
Aaron Goldhammer @HammerNation19
Monken is a phenomenal hire. Gave freaking Ryan Fitzpatrick a fun nickname. I can’t wait for September!! https://t.co/M8aSBCMc4f
Ian Wharton @NFLFilmStudy
Really nice staff for Kitchens. Monken has experience with RPOs, and showed the ability to layer route combinations effectively last year. Meshes with Baker nicely. https://t.co/7vUmXnnxBM
Trevor Sikkema @TampaBayTre
Really good staff up in Cleveland. Monken getting with Kitchens is going to be funnnnnn. https://t.co/sPdlaUXyeb
Monken owns three decades of coaching experience, including seven years as an offensive coordinator between the collegiate and NFL levels. In addition to the Bucs, he also served in that capacity with the Eastern Michigan Eagles and Oklahoma State Cowboys.
The 52-year-old Illinois native also operated as head coach of college football’s Southern Miss Golden Eagles from 2013 until 2015. He went 13-25 across three seasons.
He wasn’t retained by the Buccaneers, who overhauled their coaching staff with Bruce Arians hired as head coach and former NFL quarterback Byron Leftwich taking over as offensive coordinator.
Tampa finished ninth in yardage during the 2017 season and 18th in 2016.
Baker Mayfield and the Browns offense showcased a lot of potential during the second half of 2018 after Freddie Kitchens was installed as interim offensive coordinator. Now with Kitchens promoted to head coach and Monken hired to lead the offense, the unit will be expected to shine in 2019.
Improvement on that side of the ball after ranking 13th in yardage and 20th in scoring last season could help the team secure its first playoff berth since 2002.