Bucs’ Koetter turns play-calling back to OC Monken

Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken, right, will resume his play-calling duties Sunday.Photo Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
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Koetter said on his weekly radio show that he will return the play-calling duties to offensive coordinator Todd Monken for Sunday’s matchup at the New York Giants.

In Koetter’s first game calling plays, the Buccaneers were held to a season-low point total in last week’s 16-3 home loss to the Washington Redskins.

Tampa Bay did pile up 501 yards of total offense but committed four turnovers in the loss. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who threw for 406 yards, was guilty of three of those miscues.

Koetter said his reasoning for running the offense was week was to ensure the Buccaneers established their running game in an attempt to keep their beleaguered defense off the field.

Tampa Bay leads the league in offensive yards per game (452.8) and its passing game also tops the NFL with an average of 361.2 yards despite rotating quarterbacks Fitzpatrick and Jameis Winston.

Such production is a big reason why Koetter has no issues relinquishing the play-calling and handing the keys to the offense back to Monken.

“He’s done an excellent job calling the plays this season,” said Koetter of Monken. “We have a process that we go through every week. I just think that’s the best thing for us for this particular game. We’ll see how it goes. But Monk’s done a great job all season. I have no issues at all with the way Monk has called plays.”