Early in the month of January we learned that, at the time, there were no plans to make coaching changes for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers due to the return of head coach Dirk Koetter. Now, according to a report for the Tampa Bay Times, we’ve learned that there may not be any changes, per se, but some shifting will be taking place as Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken will no longer be coaching wide receivers and instead will be full-time as the team’s OC.

In the wake of Monken’s move to full-time offensive coordinator, offensive assistant Skyler Fulton has been promoted to the receivers coach position.

To track how long Monken has been working hands-on with wide receivers, you have to go all the way back to 1993 when he was a positional coach for Eastern Michigan University. From there, Monken has coach receivers at Louisiana Tech, Oklahoma State, LSU, the Jacksonville Jaguars and of course the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But, that, for the time being, is no more.

The move is likely less of the team being unhappy with how Monken coached the receivers and more of just trying to get all-hands-on-deck, if you will, in trying to come up with the best gameplan to get more points on the board in 2018. The Buccaneers digressed in total points per game from 22.1 to 20.9 over the last two seasons.

Todd Monken was named Bucs' OC and WR coach on Sunday – Photo: Getty Images

TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 13: Head coach Todd Monken of the Southern Miss Golden Eagles yells to his team during the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Monken was the offensive coordinator for Oklahoma State in 2011 and 2012 when the Cowboys had the No. 2 and No. 3 total offense in all of college football. He then took Southern Mississippi from a bottom half offensive team in the nation to a Top 20 team in the national as their head coach in just three seasons before coming on with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“Monken will be a walk-around OC like almost every other team has,” Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter said to the Tampa Bay Times.

Skylar Fulton played wide receiver for three seasons at Arizona State under Koetter form 2000-2002. He was brought on to the Buccaneers during the 2016 season. Fulton has also spent time as a graduate assistant at Colorado in 2009 and coached the Buffs wide receivers and helped with recruiting.

When asked if making Monken a full-time offensive coordinator would mean he might, at some point, get play calling duties, Koetter told the Tampa Bay Times, “not getting into all of that right now.”

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3 years ago

Glad to hear it, which sounds logical. Go Bucs!

3 years ago

Excellent move! Hopefully, Koetter can benefit from the new perspective with the play calling off of his shoulders.

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3 years ago

Not real sure Koetter will give up play calling. Until I hear him say it I won’t really believe it.

3 years ago

Assuming, at minimum, Monken will have more input on preparing the weekly game plans and probably will take on more of the day-to-day interaction with each position group. As long as it results in more wins, really doesn’t matter who’s calling the plays on game day.

3 years ago

I like the move . Hope we can have a good draft and everything else should fall into place no hard knocks distractions hopefully no hurricanes . Go bucs

3 years ago

It does matter who calls the plays. I’ve said it before the way coordinators get any consideration for head coaching jobs is if they show the ability to out scheme their opponents by calling plays on game day. Monkin will never get serious advancement opportunities having the O.C. title alone. It’s a bad coaching dynamic on Dirk’s part to say to Monkin do all the heavy lifting during the week, but I don’t trust you, or I think I’m so much better then you calling the plays on game day. Monkin deserves his shot, and Koetter would be wise to… Read more »

3 years ago

Here’s a novel idea. Koetter admitted he didn’t know how to approach preseason, and didn’t game plan because winning wasn’t the objective. Wouldn’t the preseason be the perfect opportunity to turn Monken lose?

3 years ago

“Buccaneers digressed in total points per game from 22.1 to 20.9”

*regressed… but I digress.