“And I've been fortunate that since I've been coaching, wherever I've gone, I've felt like I got around somebody where I thought, ‘Wow, I'm pulling that. I'm soaking that in.'”
Now it's time to see the result, with Monken finally in charge of his own attack.
And he can't wait.
The outside perception might suggest he has a tough act to follow in Holgorsen, who parlayed his big season at OSU to land the West Virginia head coaching gig.
Monken envisions Act II.
“I'd rather come to a place where you replace a guy who did great things and the players are still there,” Monken said, “than to end up somewhere where the sky's the limit, but you don't have the bullets to do it.”
The Cowboys have plenty of ammo.
And that's the bottom line. Not systems or schemes. Not genius.
OSU's offense was good long before Holgorsen.
“When I was there before,” said Monken, who was OSU's wide receivers coach from 2002-04, “we didn't do it the same way, but we weren't too shabby on offense.”
The Cowboys weren't at all shabby in the years preceding Holgorsen's arrival, either. Many recall the late-season stumbles of 2009, when OSU was beaten 27-0 by Oklahoma and 21-7 by Ole Miss in the Cotton Bowl. But those scuffles were more the result of injuries to quarterback Zac Robinson and the absence of wideout Dez Bryant in the days before the emergence of Blackmon.
More than a few folks have wondered what might have been if Weeden had been given a shot to rally that struggling '09 offense in relief of the clearly hampered Robinson.
Holgorsen, it seems, found out.
Now it's Monken's turn. And the intrigue shouldn't so much be focused on whether he'll succeed, but how he does it.