A busy weekend for the Green Bay Packers’ front office has become even busier. Team president Mark Murphy and general manager Brian Gutekunst had five head coaching interviews scheduled already between Friday and Sunday, and the group has reportedly added a sixth name to the interview list.
That latest individual reported as an interviewee is Todd Monken, who has spent the past three years as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ offensive coordinator. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Monken is meeting with the Packers’ executives on Saturday evening.
The team was in Foxboro on Friday to interview Patriots assistants Josh McDaniels and Brian Flores, then flew to New Orleans to meet with Saints coaches Dan Campbell and Pete Carmichael. Apparently they will squeeze Monken in Saturday night before meeting with Titans OC Matt LaFleur on Sunday.
Under Monken, the Bucs’ offense racked up big yardage totals, particularly through the air. With Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jameis Winston at quarterback, Tampa Bay’s passing game finished as the NFL’s top passing yardage unit (5,358 yards) and ended the season second in net yards per attempt. Both quarterbacks had yards per attempt numbers greater than Aaron Rodgers’ 7.5, as Fitzpatrick went for 9.6 YPA in eight games and Winston was at 7.9 in 11 contests.
Monken does have head coaching experience, though at the college level rather than in the NFL. Still, with that in his background, it seems reasonable to consider him as a legitimate candidate for the Packers’ job.