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Will the switch at offensive coordinator have a negative impact on Oklahoma State's offense? It's doubtful; all of the Cowboys' ammo is still there, writes John Helsley.
by John Helsley Modified: July 17, 2011 at 5:54 pm •  Published: July 17, 2011

One of the hottest topics — and over-scrutinized topics — of the spring and offseason focuses on Oklahoma State's change at offensive coordinator.

Not that you need a refresher, but Todd Monken replaced Dana Holgorsen, whose 2010 offense rolled up staggering stats.

So the warning flares have soared, with analysts across the country wondering about the possible impact of the switch.

Much ado about nothing?

The offense figures to be fine — pending all the usual conditional elements, primarily the health of the quarterback and his stud wide receiver, who formed the most dynamic pass-and-catch duo in college football a year ago.

With Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon and the running back duo of Jeremy Smith and Joseph Randle, along with an offensive line that returns intact, dry powder remains for the fireworks show.

And the players are what it's all about.

Still, there's some intrigue in seeing Monken's personality on the job.

His off-the-field personality: loud and bold. And it's hard to imagine anything different when the headset is on.

But who shaped Monken as a play caller, as the major influence on his offensive approach?


From his own father, Illinois prep coaching veteran Bob Monken, and his four coaching uncles to the men he's worked with like Jack Del Rio, Jimbo Fisher, Dirk Koetter, Mike Gundy, Les Miles and more, the Cowboys' new OC isn't short on impactful experience.

“To be around the other coaches was tremendous,” Monken said. “Jack Del Rio is a great coach and a great person and great with the players. Dirk Koetter is about as organized and as good of an offensive coach as there is around, along with Jimbo and Mike and those guys.

“You're always hoping to learn. No matter where you've been, you're hoping, ‘Boy, did I pull something from that guy? Was I learning?'

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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