Former Browns coordinator heading to Georgia

Georgia hires former NFL coordinator to take over play calling	
				Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia hires former NFL coordinator to take over play calling Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

After a mediocre offensive performance last season, Kirby Smart has hired National Football League offensive coordinator Todd Monken to take over the call playing duties in 2020. Monken is leaving the Browns to rejoin the college ranks.

Todd Monken's stay in Cleveland as the offensive coordinator of the Browns has been a brief one.

Monken has worked at both the college and pro levels in recent years, with a stint as head coach at Southern Mississippi and coordinator at Oklahoma State between gigs with the Jaguars and Buccaneers.

An OSU source said Mike Gundy talked to Monken about returning to Stillwater, after Cowboy offensive coordinator Sean Gleeson left to take the same job at Rutgers. Monken's teams have typically been effective throwing the football. A new offensive coordinator heading to Athens might be the change the Georgia offense has been needing.

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Southern Miss averaged almost 40 points and 330 passing yards per game in Monken's final season in 2015. The coaching move appears the Georgia offense will open up next season and fit the talents of incoming grad transfer Jamie Newman.

If Georgia wants to speed up the offense - and most importantly, energize a lackluster passing attack - the move to hire Monken and have him call the plays certainly makes sense when you consider how LSU and Alabama have won national titles. During his time with the Bucs, the offense set franchise records for passing yards, passing touchdowns and total yards. And LSU has run over 70 plays per game in each of the last two seasons.

Now Georgia is largely known as Running Back U. They churn out damn fine running backs including a guy who likely will be a top running back pick in the draft come April, D'Andre Smith. The SEC has seen a drastic change in offensive philosophy in the last few years.

Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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