An early clue to the new direction?

Well, now.

I’ll say it again — if true, this move says more about Smart’s thinking than anything else.  And that gives me great cause for optimism this season.

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UPDATE:  More deets.

Kirby Smart has reached out to the NFL to bolster his coaching staff, hiring former Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Todd Monken for a position on his staff, multiple sources confirmed to UGASports Friday morning.

Although it’s unclear exactly what Monken’s title will be, it’s expected he will play a key role in helping to invigorate a Bulldog passing attack that ranked No. 72 in the nation with 223 yards per game.

ESPN reporter Mark Schablach was the first to link Monken’s name to Georgia saying he was “someone to keep an eye on.”

This past year, Monken worked for Freddie Kitchens, who called plays for the Browns this past season before being fired a few weeks ago.

The season before, Monken served as the offensive coordinator with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2018, the Bucs averaged 320 yards passing with quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Monken, 53, comes to Georgia with extensive experience in college football, including stints at LSU and Oklahoma State before moving on to the NFL at Tampa Bay in 2016. There he took over the offensive coordinator duties in 2018 before joining Kitchens in Cleveland last year.

And further confirmation…

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58 responses to “An early clue to the new direction?

  1. 202dawg

    Pay wall. Synopsis?

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  2. Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

    Anyone able to read the DawgVent who can summarize?

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  3. Jack Burton

    Is Todd Monken supposed to excite us?

    Because he does nothing for me.

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    • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

      The offense he ran at Oklahoma State should excite you. He attacks the entire field in the passing game, near, medium, far, outside the hashes, and over the middle. He also runs to keep balance.

      If this is true, I’m so happy to be wrong that Kirby’s too stubborn.

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      • Derek

        Would it show that Kirby has Ogeron’s “introspection?”

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        • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

          It would. It would show he’s willing to change. I’ve told y’all over and over again: I want to be wrong about Kirby.

          I just couldn’t expect him to change, he needed to show he was capable after not doing much of anything to change anything in four years.

          Now, Todd Monken could be garbage (he had great offenses at Okie State, but that was in the beginning of the decade), but if Monken’s on the staff and hopefully the primary play caller, then Kirby does have the self-reflective ability any coach who will win a national title needs.

          No coach who is stubborn and pig-headed wins national titles. If this is true, we know Kirby isn’t so stubborn that winning his way is more important than winning any way. That’s important.

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      • Biggus Rickus

        Gee. Who could have predicted you were wrong?

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        • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

          If the “I told you so’s,” help you feel better, have at it. I’ve been saying forever that I want to be wrong and actually meaning it. I just couldn’t “believe” anymore. I needed to see it happen.

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    • Russ

      Maybe he brings Chubb with him? 😉

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    • Morris Day

      He’s the new Mike Brady (sic)

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      • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

        He’s more than that. He’s proof Kirby is willing to open up the offense, and even more, throw over the fucking middle of the field!

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        • Morris Day

          Yeah, that’s pretty much the new Joe Brady.

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        • Jack Burton

          Joe Brady – 30 year old up and comer, studied under Sean Payton, apparent passing offense genius

          Monken – shitty old offensive coach that has bounced around mid level NCAA programs and horrible NFL teams

          Yay! So fuckin pumped

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          • Macallanlover

            So you didn’t get your first choice but is that cause to throw a hissy fit about something you know very little about? Sound like those children on the recruiting sites who get ticked off about 2 five star recruits coming to UGA when they wanted some players from their HS in Podunk Georgia. How about let’s give the guy a chance before shoveling dirt on him? If is so the Georgia Way. And everyone wonders why we cannot have nice things. The guy has some offensive creds, and he is better than where we were last months.

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      • J-Dawg

        But is Newman the new Joe Burrow?

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  4. CB

    My first thought was Jeff Monken. Talk about changing your offensive philosophy.

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  5. Geezus

    I’ll say it again, Smart has 7 million reasons a year to make sure he changes things that do not work. He is not stupid.

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    • JD

      Thank you for this rational comment.
      Growing so tired of hearing how stubborn and dumb Kirby is and how he knows nothing of offense.

      You know who the first person is to recognize effective offenses?
      The defensive coordinator who has to try and stop it.

      Maybe, just maybe, Kirby knew what his offensive personnel deficiencies were before any of us “experts”.
      And maybe, he knew his defense would be very good and he could work around the offense’s weaknesses by limiting the mistakes.
      12-2, SECE champs, 3-1 against top 15 teams.

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    • Texas Dawg

      No one ever said he was stupid. Stubborn yes, but not stupid. Just like the old parable about getting the mules attention with the 2×4. The story is only a metaphor but it describes perfectly the “aha moments” that we each have. Joe Brady and LSU turned out the be the 2×4 between the eyes that got Kirby’s attention and gave him his “aha moment”. Now like the old mule, he is moving in the right direction.

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  6. Salty Dawg

    If this is true, oh man, oh man, oh man, oh man! I’m ready to run through a wall just because things are going to change offensively! Saaaaweet!

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  7. WIll (the other one)

    He did great work improving on what Holgo had already done at Okie St (https://grantland.com/features/packaged-plays-rethinking-concept-modern-play-calling/ ) and was in demand as an OC prior to going to Cleveland in the NFL. Very exciting news.

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  8. HirsuteDawg

    Monkin doesn’t have to bring wholesale change, a modest improvement here and there will make the playmakers we have a hard team to defend.

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  9. Keese

    Baker Mayfield and Jameis Winston went to shit immediately once Todd Monken showed up. https://dawgpounddaily.com/2019/12/18/cleveland-browns-mayfield-held-back-by-oc-todd-monken/

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  10. Can we call him “Monk” for short? Back when I was in the ditches I had a foreman we called that. Those of us lucky enough to work with him would sandpaper a bobcat’s ass if he asked us to….

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  11. Steve

    So did Kirby process Jake?

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    • spur21

      That is an interesting question but find it hard to believe. Then again…

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    • Mayor

      If so, Kirbs processed the wrong guy. Fromm returning was the key to winning everything. What was wrong with Georgia’s O wasn’t Fromm who was a proven top level QB. What was wrong was (1) coaching and (2) the lack of receivers who could get open and/or catch a ball (which really gets back to coaching, too). Maybe Monken solves that. I don’t know yet. But the implication that Kirby ran Fromm off is not really believable to me.

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    • Uglydawg

      Now there’s a thought that very few have had. I

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    • Bill Glennon

      No

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  12. Bill Glennon

    Freddie Kitchens tree? I was kinda hoping for a Jim Bob Cooter disciple.

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  13. W Cobb Dawg

    An experienced guy who can coach and scheme would be a giant step in the right direction.

    Appears above average recruiting isn’t a priority for this hire. Even if Monken isn’t the guy we end up with, this type of resume is the correct move. We don’t need OJT for this hire.

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  14. Derek

    The Monken hire is confirmed. Role is TBD.

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  15. Will (the other one)

    And now, not one, but two former head coaches are on the offensive side of the ball.

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  16. duronimo

    It seems Monken has always been at places where the talent level not roster wide. And he’s improved those situations. Here he’ll be working with superior athletes across the board. His approach is to attack the whole field is precisely what we need to see a drastic improvement.

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