Todd Monken Says Jameis Winston Looks Sharp

Sports Xchange

(On what stood out to him offensively from the first four games)

“Got to run the ball more and be better at it. That’s probably as much as anything. We’re capable of being explosive, but obviously we can’t turn the ball over. You’re going to have to have so many more explosives to make up for those turnovers. Those are probably the two biggest things and then once we got in the red zone – how do we do it better? Some of it is scheme and some of it is, when we get those opportunities, we’ve got to take advantage of it and not turn it over.”

(On the progress of running back Ronald Jones)

“He’s fine. He’s only going to continue to get better and he has shown that. He’s continued to work awfully hard at it, so it’s week-to-week for everybody that we have – we said that a few weeks ago. All of our players in terms of who gives us the best chance to win. I think he continues to improve and will continue because he’s got talent. He’s got a chance to be a really good player. Now, it’s just putting it all together.”

(On an explanation for passing statistics in the NFL)

“I think we talked about it a couple weeks ago, that you’re talking about spacing the field. You’re talking about more and more teams have matchup running back that are coming out of college. More and more teams have matchup tight ends that are coming from four-wide offenses or four-wide offense but really, they’re air-raid Y’s. You’ve got in terms of – I do think that in terms of the way that they are protecting the quarterback and the receivers, I think adds to that. I think you’re seeing quarterbacks come out of college that are used to that system – allows them to have success. I do think that you’re talking about when you add in those athletic players, you’re seeing more zone read, you’re seeing more of the touch passes that – because that’s a completion that goes as a touchdown pass when they throw that. When [Mitch] Trubisky threw that in the red zone, that’s basically a hand off and that’s a touchdown pass, so that’s going to lead to QB ratings, going to lead to passing yards. It’s all of that. It’s all the same things you see. What I saw in the Big 12, that’s really what that league is all about – going fast, spreading the field, utilizing space. That’s really what you’re starting to see more of. With that being said, you’ve got to be careful in terms of how much you put on your defense and turning the ball over.”

(On guard Ali Marpet signing a contract extension)

“Good for him. I mean, wow, isn’t that awesome? He deserves it. He’s a self-made player and has earned it. You guys know around this league, a second contract is not guaranteed. You can look around at the guys that don’t get a second contract and haven’t earned that, and he has. It’s a credit to him and Coach Hop (George Warhop) in the development of him, as we’ve talked about with all of our players. There’s a part of the talent, there’s a part of the player owning it and working to be the player he’d like to be. From a coaching perspective, how do you develop those players and continue to develop them?”