Saturday, January 22, 2011
With Shula gone, Monken taking over QBs
By Paul Kuharsky
That intact staff Jack Del Rio envisioned has not stayed together.
Quarterbacks coach Mike Shula has jumped to Carolina, and assistant defensive line coach Ben Albert is off to Temple, says Tania Ganguli.
Shula got good reviews, but I’m sometimes skeptical about quarterback coaches as I think they can be mere extensions of the offensive coordinator, if the offensive coordinator is a good one. Dirk Koetter is a good coordinator.
Albert worked under defensive line coach Joe Cullen, the team’s best defensive coach. Again, filling a support role is not nearly as difficult as filling a position coach job with Del Rio’s length-of-contract restrictions.
Sources tell Ganguli that realignment on offense is already set:
Receivers coach Todd Monken is now quarterbacks coach, and offensive quality control assistant Johnny Cox has been elevated to receivers coach. Staff assistant Matt Griffin will take over Cox's former position.
Monken is a great teacher and he has experience with quarterbacks from his work on the college level. I’ve watched him work with the Jacksonville receivers at practices and really have an appreciation for the way he operates. He’ll be missed in that group, but if he has the same influence on David Garrard and a drafted quarterback, they will be fortunate to work with him.
Cox will have a tall task to do Monken-caliber work with the wideouts.