According to a report by ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the Cincinnati Bengals have put in a request to interview Bucs’ offensive coordinator Todd Monken.

Monken took the reigns as offensive coordinator for the Bucs this season and got them to third overall in total offense. The Bucs were first in the league in total passing yards with 5,125.

While he has yet to be a head coach in the NFL, Monken has head coaching experience at the college level. He was at Southern Miss from 2013-2015, where he coached now 49ers’ quarterback Nick Mullens.

He previously was the Jacksonville Jaguars’ wide receivers coach from 2007-2010, and held that same position with the Bucs in 2016 and 2017 before being moved up to the offensive coordinator.

Monken’s interview with the Bengals is the second request he has received, as he’s slated to interview with the New York Jets as well.

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  1. Will not be surprised if he gets an offer, but also won’t be surprised if he gets an offer as an offensive coordinator somewhere else. I think the odds of him returning to Tampa in the same capacity are slim at best.

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  2. who cares. Twice we’ve been burned by this. Raheem Morris interviewed with Denver and the Glazers were worried they would lose him so they hired him. Look at him last Sunday. 10 years later he’s still a position coach. Same thing with Koetter. 3 time failure. Let Atlanta have him. This Monken guy, hire him away. he’ll be fired in 2 years. They keep talking about Matt Nagy. The only reason that team is winning is because of the defense. The Chiefs he’s a one year wonder. Lets see next year. Get someone with a proven track record.

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    • You realize 67% of coaching from Andy Reid’s coaching lead there teams to the playoffs. The Bears defense is stout. But their offense is creative, and doesnt really turn the ball over. All recipes for winning. Doug Pederson had no track record as a head coach, and I believe he won the SuperBowl last year

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    • The head coaches with “proven track records” aren’t going anywhere. They are successful and will stay put until they are unsuccessful and therefore “availble”, or until they retire.

      The head coaches who are “available” are not proven winners as head coaches.

      There is this continuing fantasy out there in Buc land that we are just a Head Coach savior away from a Super Bowl ring. That ship sailed 18 years ago, and it ain’t coming back til we have a GM as talented as was Rich McKay. Which Meathead ain’t.

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  3. Why no interview with Saints Asst coach Dan Campbell? Why not at least pick the brain of a man who helped prepare the Saints to play us twice a year? He could point out our strenghts, and weaknesses better then any coach candidate out there. He knows the NFC South, has been groomed by Payton one of the best H.C.’s in the league. He’s well respected by the players, and has some experience as Miami’s intern H.C., plus he’s only 42 years old. This guy should get an interview, and maybe a chance to lead us against the best team in our division, one he knows inside, and out.

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  4. The Baby Glazers and Meathead have truly painted themselves in a corner.

    On the one hand, they blamed Dirk Koetter’s coaching for the losses .. despite the fact that his offense was ranked no. 3 in the league, but supposedly Koetter “failed to develop Winston” … but if defensive coaching was the reason for Koetter’s firing, well, Koetter never was a defensive coach, and he already fired his DC.

    But if the Meathead hires Monken to be the new head coach, then it proves the lie behind Koetter’s firing, because Monken’s coaching would have been at least as much at fault for “failing to develop Winston” as Koetter, and like Koetter, Monken was never a defensive coach either.

    So with this painting of himself into the corner, Meathead has had to let Monken walk, even though several other teams like him very much, with many now saying Monken is a lock for the job in NY.

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    • “Meathead” has already said they are not hiring from within.

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    • Naplesfan, didn’t Licht say in his press conference that they would not hire from within? That means Monken is not an option for that head job. However it does not stop the Jets and Browns from interviewing him, and they are doing that. You don’t have to worry about Tampa doing that however.

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  5. I think Arians has a proven track record. McCarthy has a proven track record and he developed Aaron Rogers. Don’t forget Aaron Rogers never played a down of NFL football except under McCarthy. That’s the type of people we need. Not some coordinator who got lucky and caught Lighting in a bottle one year. Don’t be a fool and be fooled again.

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    • Arians is retired. He may or may not come out of retirement, so he is not actually “available” until he accepts a job offer.

      McCarthy was fired from his last job, so he is “available”. Most of the folks in Green Bay blame McCarthy for the deteriorating and poor performance of what was once the great Packers teams of old. Whether the decline was McCarthy’s fault or not, most Packers fans say it was his fault.

      No team ever fires a Bill Belichick or Pete Carroll. No Bill Belichick or Pete Carroll ever quits a job when they’re a winner to go work for a loser.

      Buccaneers magical fantasy thinking is what you are using.

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      • let me qualify that .. No team ever fires a Bill Bellichick or Pete Carroll when they’re on a multi season winning/playoffs streak. They wait until those guys are on a multi year losing streak to fire them.

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      • Teams get old. Green Bay is pretty old now. No coach is going to succeed there until they rebuild. It is fantasy to think with an average age in the 30s now they are all of a sudden going to turn around and be great again next season. Not saying hire McCarthy, but be at least fair about him – he was losing at the end because they had no one to play. The replacement they brought in did even worse.

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  6. I hope Monken gets the Bengals job. Mike Brown doesn’t pay a lot but if he likes you it is probably the safest head coaching job in the NFL besides the Stealers.

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  7. Maybe more OC time somewhere. A location where he can be the actual OC the entire season verses what happened with Koetter interfering.

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  8. Im not necesarily a fan of hiring Arians, but if the Bucs do hire him, I would love to see Monk remain as OC. Arians has already said he isn’t going to call plays.

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