Jets Encouraged to Make Hot College Coach an ‘Offer He Can’t Refuse’

Todd Monken, Southern Miss

Getty Alabama HC Nick Saban shaking hands midfield with Southern Mississippi head coach Todd Monken at midfield.

A new name has surged to the top of the list for the New York Jets.

On the Badlands Podcast, analyst Connor Rogers explained what he would do if he was responsible for replacing Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur who was fired earlier this week.

“Listen if I’m the Jets, I would make Todd Monken an offer he can’t refuse financially.”


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Things are going quite well for Monken with the Georgia Football program.

The 56-year-old was hired back in 2020 as the team’s offensive coordinator and quarterback coach. All he has done in that span is go 37-3 and win back-to-back national championships.

“I love the idea I’m actually giving praise to the people that tweeted this at me. I’ve had a lot of people tweet at me Todd Monken,” Rogers revealed on the Badlands Podcast. “I just want to let them know this, I love Todd Monken and I wanted the Jets to hire him as their head coach back in 2019 whether that was right or wrong. Well I mean it was right because they chose Adam Gase over him. You could have literally said your own grandmother and that would’ve been an upgrade.”

“To answer the Todd Monken question if you have made it this far, just Google Todd Monken’s salary. He makes over $2 million per year at Georgia’s offensive coordinator. Unless he is champing at the bit after back-to-back national titles to get back into the NFL. I’m just kind of pointing your sails in the right winds here. He makes a ton of money, he just completely destroys everybody at the college level right now. I don’t really know why he would take this job [Jets offensive coordinator role] just being honest.”

Rogers is correct, Monken makes a lot of moolah.

According to the latest USA Today data, Monken makes $2.01 million per year which makes him the highest-paid assistant coach in college football.

Throughout his career, Monken has mostly cut his teeth in the college ranks as an offensive guru.

He started coaching officially back in 1989 and has been with nine different collegiate programs for over 25 years in total.

During that long coaching run he has had some random hits in the NFL as well:

  • Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver coach (2007-10)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator and quarterback coach (2016-18)
  • Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator (2019)

Jets Need to Have an Open Mind for OC Role

A college coach’s reputation might not impress a lot of Jets fans, but the team has to have a completely open mind heading into this process.

Gang Green has had a revolving door at the offensive coordinator position since Brian Schottenheimer left back in 2011.

They have had seven different guys, the latest of which being Mike LaFleur.

It doesn’t matter where the next OC comes from they just need to produce. The NFL is a results-oriented business and quite frankly the Jets’ offense dropped the ball more times than not in 2022.

Monken during his time at Georgia has delivered and that was especially true this past season:

  • Averaged 41.1 points per game (fifth best in the country)
  • No. 1 red zone offense in college football (scored 81 times in 83 attempts)
  • Averaged 501.1 yards of total offense (fifth best in the country)
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