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Ravens hire offensive coordinato­r from Georgia

- Lorenzo Reyes

The Baltimore Ravens announced Tuesday that they have hired Todd Monken as offensive coordinato­r.

Monken, 57, returns to the NFL after spending the last three seasons coaching the offense of the Georgia Bulldogs in the same position.

“We conducted 21 interviews with 14 candidates throughout a thorough process that had wide- ranging organizati­onal involvemen­t,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday in a statement.

“Todd’s leadership and coaching acumen were evident from the beginning. He has a proven track record for designing and teaching offensive systems that allow players to succeed at the highest level. We’re excited to get to work and begin building an offense that will help us compete for championsh­ips.”

Monken replaces former Ravens coordinato­r Greg Roman, who decided to pursue other opportunit­ies after six seasons in Baltimore.

Here’s everything you need to know about Monken’s hiring in Baltimore.

Who is Todd Monken?

A 34- year veteran in coaching, Monken was instrument­al in helping lead Georgia to consecutiv­e national championsh­ip seasons in 2021 and 2022. The Bulldogs hung 65 points on TCU on Jan. 9 in the College Football Playoff title game, becoming the first Football Bowl Subdivisio­n team in a decade to repeat as national champions. With quarterbac­k Stetson Bennett under center the past two seasons, Georgia ranked fifth in the country in scoring ( 39.8 points per game) and eighth in total offense ( 472 yards per game).

Prior to his stint in Athens, Monken was the offensive coordinato­r in 2019 for the Cleveland Browns under thencoach Freddie Kitchens, though Monken did not call plays. He served as the offensive coordinato­r of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2016 to 2018 under coach Dirk Koetter. Monken has been the head coach of Southern Mississipp­i ( 2013- 15), the offensive coordinato­r and quarterbac­ks coach at Oklahoma State ( 2011- 12), the wide receivers coach with the Jacksonvil­le Jaguars ( 2007- 10) and the passing game coordinato­r/ wide receivers coach at LSU ( 2005- 06) and Oklahoma State ( 2002- 04).

How does Monken’s style translate to the Ravens?

While the Ravens need to navigate the contract situation of star quarterbac­k Lamar Jackson, Monken’s hiring presents a progressio­n from the offensive identity the team had establishe­d under Roman. Monken, going back to his days with the Buccaneers and Browns, has always favored a two tight end set with one running back.

Because the Ravens feature tight end Mark Andrews – who led the team in targets ( 113), receptions ( 73), receiving yards ( 847) and receiving TDs ( five) – and a solid second option in Isaiah Likely ( 373 receiving yards; fourth best on the Ravens), Monken’s tendencies should fit well. Additional­ly, his experience in coaching receivers should be particular­ly useful for the Ravens, who have struggled over the past several seasons to develop consistent playmakers at the position.

 ?? JOSHUA L. JONES/ USA TODAY NETWORK ?? Todd Monken has held various NFL and college coaching positions.
JOSHUA L. JONES/ USA TODAY NETWORK Todd Monken has held various NFL and college coaching positions.

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