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Todd Monken on his coaching philosophy: I want our guys to have fun

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 27: Quarterback Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms up in pregame prior to the game against the Chicago Bears at Raymond James Stadium on December 27, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Cliff McBride/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jameis Winston Getty Images

The Buccaneers hired offensive coordinator Todd Monken away from his job as the head coach at Southern Mississippi and there’s going to be at least one thing Monken misses about the college game.

Monken said that he wants the Bucs to have a “fight song” while discussing the place that fun has in his philosophy of coaching. Monken said he doesn’t “know why it has to feel like such drudgery” and that he hopes that things don’t feel that way in the Bucs locker room next season.

“Watch the Carolina Panthers. They’re having fun,” Monken said, via the Tampa Bay Times. “That looks like fun to me. I want our quarterback to have fun. I want our guys to have fun doing it together. I want the locker room to be fun. It’s that harder in a pro setting? Yes, because of the change. You have so many different pieces that change, you’ve got to make that blend together and guys that play for more than just themselves and that’s difficult in a pro setting because of the money, as we know. But you can still make it work. There’s got to be more than just the money. There’s got to be more than just that. The feeling of getting better and doing it for your teammates and the excitement of getting better and doing it with some people you care about.”

The Panthers do look like they’re having fun, but so do most teams that are on their way to the Super Bowl after losing just one game in the regular season. Winning in the NFL and fun go hand in hand because losing makes it a lot likelier that players and coaches are going to have to worry about having a job the next year.

Monken said the keys to winning on offense are “don’t turn it over, third down conversions, touchdowns in the red zone” and, although he won’t be calling them, said he wants to see more explosive plays because “we don’t need more 5-yard plays.” That does sound like a fun offense, although the amount of smiles around the Bucs in December will determine how well everything worked out.

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5 Responses to “Todd Monken on his coaching philosophy: I want our guys to have fun”
  1. ryanbaker0303 says: Jan 28, 2016 3:22 PM

    The Bucs should be a very exciting team to watch next couple of years as they have play makers on both sides of the ball. Hopefully the new staff will come in and elevate this team to the next level.

  2. jag1959 says: Jan 28, 2016 3:25 PM

    “we don’t need more 5-yard plays.”
    Sixteen of them in a row after a touchback sounds like fun to me. And by fun I mean winning football games by keeping the other guys offense off the field and his D on it. Fight songs are right up there with letterman jackets as keys to winning

  3. jonathankrobinson424 says: Jan 28, 2016 3:27 PM

    ….the Panthers are having ‘FUN’ because Cam has matured as a leader and has 4 years experience…..give the Bucs a few more years, some more talent, some coaching stability and we can start having some ‘FUN’.

  4. bbrophy1 says: Jan 28, 2016 4:39 PM

    this line of “we don’t need more 5-yard plays” will undoubtedly come back to haunt him many times over

  5. fanofpft says: Jan 28, 2016 5:12 PM

    They should try to contact Reggie Wayne then.

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