Mike Silver of NFL Media reports that the transition to new OC Todd Monken has “not gone as smoothly as planned” and has resulted in HC Freddie Kitchens taking on a greater role in spearheading the team’s offense than originally expected.
It’s not always easy to incorporate a new offensive coordinator, especially after the team had success with Kitchens taking over the offense last year.
Even so, it’s still very early in the process and there’s still time for all parties to get on the same page before the start of the season.
Monken was one of the top offensive coordinator candidates this offseason and he even interviewed for the Packers and Jets’ head-coaching vacancies.
Monken, 52, began his coaching career back in 1989 as an assistant at Grand Valley State. His first NFL coaching job came with the Jaguars in 2007 as their WRs coach.
After a few years at Oklahoma State, Monken was hired as Southern Miss’ head coach for the 2013 season. He spent three years in the position before joining the Buccaneers as their offensive coordinator in 2016.
In 2018, the Buccaneers ranked No. 3 in total yards, No. 12 in points scored, No. 29 in rushing yards and No. 3 in passing yards.