Initial Thoughts on Monken

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 1:33 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Feb 9, 2011 7:49 PM CDT

At long last the Cowboys have a new offensive coordinator with the hiring of Jacksonville Jaguars assistant Todd Monken.<BR/>I think its a good hire.&#160; And its hard not to trust Mike Gundy considering the home run offensive coordinator hires hes made.<BR/>Monken is a coach who is well-versed in a number of different systems.&#160; From the no-huddle as an assistant at Louisiana Tech, to the power-I running game of Les Miles at OSU and LSU, to the pro sets of the NFL, Monken has been involved with a variety different styles.<BR/>And he enjoyed his time as an assistant coach in Stillwater.&#160; <BR/>The key will be melding all of those styles into the perfect fit for the Weeden-Blackmon Cowboys.<BR/>Your first reaction is to say that Richard Simmons could coordinate OSU to 500 yards per game next season.<BR/>But thats where the pressure comes in.&#160; When your offense was third in the country in scoring and total offense, there isnt far to go upward, but theres a long way down. <BR/>The immediate first question when looking at Monkens bio is, &quot;Did he ever call plays?&quot;<BR/>Though Im not certain of it, I suspect Monken called plays as offensive coordinator at Eastern Michigan.<BR/>While thats not exactly the pressure of sending in a play down by 5 points with 15 seconds to play and a trip to a BCS Bowl Game on the line in Norman, it is experience under fire. <BR/>Remember, every good coach tweaks his system to fit the talent that he has.&#160; Im not sure you could say exactly what Todd Monkens system is at this point.<BR/>Dana Holgorsens OSU offense didnt look exactly like his offenses at Houston or Texas Tech.&#160; It looked like Dana Holgorsens OSU offense. <BR/>At worst, Weeden and Blackmon will get the pro preparation each needs before heading to the NFL.&#160;&#160; And I think that the fact they will have worked directly under a coach who spent four years in the NFL will appeal to NFL teams this time next year.&#160; <BR/><BR/>