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New Bucs’ offensive coordinator wants to incorporate a fight song

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New offensive coordinator Todd Monken has a vision for the Bucs’ offense.

He’d like it to be fun.

In most seasons, the Bucs’ offense has little to do with fun. But with the weapons and the growth of the team, perhaps it’s an operative word. At least, Monken, 49, hopes so.

“It’s about having the talent first. Then, I like having fun. I don’t know why it has to feel like such drudgery – I just don’t. I’ve never understood that. I want a fight song. Isn’t a fight song cool? You get to sing a fight song. Call me a college guy.

“Why can’t it be fun? Watch the Carolina Panthers. They have fun. That looks like fun to me. I want to have fun. 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. Is that harder, a little bit, in a pro setting? Yes, because of the change.”

Monken will also coach the Bucs’ wide receivers, where he faces a particular challenge in Mike Evans, one of the leaders in the NFL in dropped passes this year.

“It’s repetition,” Monken said. “That’s all it is, is repetition and putting yourself in those positions so that you look at – you know, it’s the routine. That’s all you do. And he’s a talented young man that I think is ascending and has everything in front of him as a player. I take that personally, and I hope he does. Where do you want to be? Where do you want to be in a week, two weeks, in a year, five years? What do you want out of this small opportunity that you have, that the good Lord has blessed you [with]. I just want to be a big part of it.

“But it’s all about routine. It’s a matter of – he has good ball skills, it’s not a matter of that. I don’t think anybody’s saying he doesn’t have good ball skills and the ability to compete for the ball. He wants to do it, he’s talented. I’ve talked to a lot of people about him that have coached him in college and here. I’m excited to get started and I take that personally. My job is to make sure he doesn’t drop the ball. That’s it.”

Monken will not call the plays for the Bucs, but he talked about the possibility of big plays.

“What isn’t fun about explosive plays and throwing it down the field and guys making plays?” he said. “I wish they’d go to more rules where the offense had an advantage, I really do. It’s much more fun that way (laughter).”

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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