Todd Monken is the new offensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns. Monken will not do the play calling. Head coach Freddie Kitchens will keep those duties for now. Monken still accepted this job over other opportunities despite not calling the plays.
“I told Todd yesterday that I did not want to hire someone and just give them the title of offensive coordinator. I wanted an offensive coordinator that just was not going to call plays. In saying that, let me tell you about Todd Monken. He made a decision based on people,” Kitchens said. “Todd made the decision based on people. He had other opportunities. He came in and made the decision for what he was going to be surrounded with and the environment that is going to be created moving forward.”
So who exactly is Todd Monken? Here is a look at the new Browns offensive coordinator.
Monken spent the past three seasons (2016-18) as offensive coordinator with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He also coached the wide receivers his first two seasons.
In 2018, he helped Tampa Bay led the NFL in passing offense. The Buccaneers finish third in the league in total offense.
Tampa Bay set numerous club records including total yards, passing yards and passing touchdowns. Wide receiver Mike Evans thrived under Monken’s offense. Evans earned his first two Pro Bowl selections and topped 1,000 receiving yards in all three seasons.
Monken came to Tampa Bay from Southern Mississippi, where he spent three seasons (2013-15) as head coach. Todd took over a program that had finished 0-12 the previous season. Monken oversaw a turnaround that had the Golden Eagles as postseason bowl participants by the end of his third campaign.
Under Monken’s guidance, Southern Miss posted a 9-5 record in 2015, winning the Conference USA West division and earning an appearance in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
Before joining Southern Miss, Monken spent two seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Oklahoma State (2011-12). It marks his second stint with the Cowboys, after having worked as the passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach from 2002-04.
During his time as offensive coordinator, the team set school season records in numerous offensive categories. Total offensive yards, passing yards, completion percentage, points scored and passing touchdowns. He worked with Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon. Both went on to be first round picks in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Prior to his second stint at Oklahoma State, Monken spent four seasons (2007-10) working as the wide receivers coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars. In his time with Jacksonville, Monken coached Reggie Williams, who set a club record with ten touchdown receptions in 2007.
Before entering the NFL, Monken served as the passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach at LSU. He also helped develop future first-round selections Dwayne Bowe and Buster Davis.
Monken began his coaching career at Grand Valley State, spending two seasons as a graduate assistant in 1989 and 1990. Todd also had the same title at Notre Dame in 1991 and 1992.
He also coached at Eastern Michigan. Todd was the Eagles defensive backs and wide receivers coach from 1993 to 1997. He received a promotion to the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 1998. Monken also served as the running backs coach in 2000 and the wide receivers coach in 2001 at Louisiana Tech.
A native of Wheaton, Illinois, Monken was a three-year letter winner at quarterback for Knox College. Todd earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in education leadership from Grand Valley State. He is also member of the Knox College Athletic Hall of Fame.
He and his wife, Terri, have one son, Travis.