Cleveland Browns

Browns set to interview Monken, Cooter for OC position

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It’s believed that Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens will be calling his own plays but that isn’t stopping him from looking at potential offensive coordinators.

The Cleveland Browns will interview former Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken and former Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter this weekend.

Monken spent the last three seasons under former Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter as the offensive coordinator and leading one of the top passing attacks in the NFL.

Tampa Bay despite posting a 5-11 record had the top passing attack in football during the 2018 season throwing for 5,125 yards between Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick combined.

The duo combined for 36 touchdown passes which was third best in the NFL by a team but also threw 26 interceptions which was the most by a team.

 

Monken coached under Mike Gundy as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach from 2011-2012 in his second stint with the Cowboys (passing game coordinator/WRs coach from 2002-2006) and had great success during his time as offensive coordinator with former Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden and former Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon.

With a lot of teams going towards the college type offenses with the RPOs and passing attacks, Monken is someone who could be desired by a lot of offensive-minded head coaches. He’s been linked to the Jaguars offensive coordinator position and interviewed for the Jets head coaching position.

Cooter spent the last four seasons as the Lions offensive coordinator under Jim Caldwell and Matt Patricia. He was also the team’s quarterbacks coach from 2014-2015

He’s also spent time as an assistant with the University of Tennessee, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos during his twelve year coaching career.

The Lions offense ranked 24th in yards (327.3 per game) and 25th (20.3 per game) in points per game during the 2018 season.

The passing attack ranked 20th in what was Matthew Stafford’s first season below 4,000 passing yards since 2010. He still threw for 3,777 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

In the previous three seasons under Cooter’s play calling, Stafford had at least 4,200 yards passing and 24 touchdown passes in each season with his completion percentage around 65 to 67%.

 

 

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