According to a report from John Brice, who has covered UT football extensively for years, the Tennessee Vols have some interest in Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken.
Have spoken to # of coaches/admins in San Antonio @ AFCA Convention. Am told #Vols have interest in Todd Monken, the NFL OC interviewing for several NFL jobs. Monken has been a college OC & HC. Pruitt still has interest in adding Tee Martin. Am told UGA to give Chaney a big raise
— John Brice (@JohnDBrice1) January 8, 2019
Also of note in Brice’s report is that Georgia is expected to retain Jim Chaney. And it appears Pruitt is still interested in adding former quarterback Tee Martin to the staff in some capacity.
Todd Monken would be a great hire, but it’s very unlikely
Monken is highly regarded as an innovative play caller who has had a lot of success as the Buccaneers’ offensive coordinator (32 points per game this past season with dueling quarterbacks). But because of his offensive success, Monken is receiving head coaching interviews in the NFL. He’s expected to interview with the New York Jets on Tuesday.
If Monken, who served as the head coach at Southern Mississippi from 2013-2015, isn’t hired as a head coach in the NFL, he’ll still likely have numerous offensive coordinator opportunities in the NFL. It’s hard to see him returning to the college game to be an offensive coordinator when he resigned as a college head coach just a few years ago (after a 9-5 season nonetheless).
It’s a good sign for Vol fans that Tennessee is seemingly setting their sights high, but I’d be shocked if Monken seriously entertained leaving the NFL to call plays on Rocky Top.
With Chaney expected to receive a big raise at Georgia, it appears that former USC head coach Steve Sarkisian could be the Vols’ best hope at landing an established play caller.
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