Gundy: Monken's intelligence will help him in NFL
New Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken has coached under many successful college head coaches, including two stints at Oklahoma State under Mike Gundy, who said Monday night that Monken's offensive knowledge will translate well to the NFL.
"He's a smart football coach. Smart football coaches can be successful wherever they're at, whatever the system may be," said Gundy, who worked with Monken from 2002-04 and again on his staff in 2011-12. "He knows the terminology Coach (Dirk) Koetter is going to use since they've already worked together."
Gundy was the offensive coordinator under Les Miles at Oklahoma State when Monken was passing game coordinator and receivers coach -- Rashaun Woods had 17 touchdowns in 2002 and 15 in 2003 while working in that offense. When Miles went to LSU in 2005, Monken went with him, working with Dwayne Bowe and other future NFL receivers. In his first year working with Koetter and the Jaguars in 2007, that offense got 10 touchdowns from former first-round pick Reggie Williams, who had totaled just five in his first three NFL seasons.
"He'll know how to adjust to the quarterback, and all signs point to Jameis having the potential to be a really good quarterback in Tampa Bay," Gundy said. "I'm sure Todd will work well with him and build a system around the quarterback. I look for them to have a lot of success."
In cultivating a quarterback, Monken got strong numbers last season at Southern Miss from Nick Mullens, who finished sixth in the nation with 4,476 yards and tied for fourth with 38 passing touchdowns against only 12 interceptions.
Koetter himself nearly became the head coach at Oklahoma State, briefly agreeing to take the job in 2001 before opting to coach at Arizona State instead. That set up the Cowboys to hire Miles and Gundy and all the success both have had in Stillwater.