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.
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.
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.”
Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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