UGA got some big news within the last few days with the addition of graduate transfers of quarterback Jamie Newman and tight end Tre’ Mckitty.
Could there be other significant changes to the offense in the works?
The Bulldogs may take a look at NFL offensive coordinator Todd Monken, according to ESPN’s Mark Schlabach:
“Changes are expected on Kirby Smart’s offensive staff as well. Keep an eye on former Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Todd Monken.”
There’s a lot to digest there, but UGA has an opening on its coaching staff after special teams coach Scott Fountain left to work for new Arkansas coach Sam Pittman. There has been a lot of speculation on how the Bulldogs will fill that role, and James Coley is currently serving as the UGA offensive coordinator.
Who is Todd Monken? He’s currently the offensive coordinator for the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, but he’s not expected to be retained, per CBS Sports. Despite a spectacular season by former UGA running back Nick Chubb, the Browns struggled mightily on offense this past season – although it’s unclear how much Monken is to blame, considering he wasn’t allowed to call plays, despite his official title.
In 2018, Monken was one of the hottest names in the NFL, as he served as offensive coordinator for the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and helped the team finish with the No. 1 passing offense, along with putting up stats to be the No. 3 overall offense.
There have also been rumors about Monken and Notre Dame, among other teams. He was Southern Miss’ head coach from 2013 to 2015.