Q&A: Cowboy quarterback Brandon Weeden still getting used to coordinator Todd Monken

By Jason Kersey and Jenni Carlson, Staff Writers Published: August 29, 2011
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Todd Monken's first season as Oklahoma State's offensive coordinator has already been made easier by his quarterback.


Brandon Weeden's age and maturity make him someone that Monken, who spent the past four seasons with the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars, could easily work with.

Weeden, a senior who is 27 years old, completed 67 percent of his passes and threw for 3,391 yards and 27 touchdowns in 2010.

How is your relationship so far?

Monken: Real good. It's different because he's an adult. He's married; it's like your buddy is playing quarterback. Now we don't hang out together, but it's like the NFL, you're buddy is playing quarterback.

Weeden: Everything's really good. ... I think he's going to get me ready to play at the next level. He is so detailed. ... He's pretty sophisticated and sometimes he talks over my head, and I have to bring him back down to my level.

All the terminology is different. He may call a ‘post route' a ‘take route' ... I'm thinking, ‘What did he just say?' But that was really the first week. We're on the same page now.

Monken: He's a guy that obviously older, more mature. ... He is able to speak his mind — good and bad — about what he liked and disliked. ... He's supposed to have enough confidence in himself that when he believes in something to tell me.



DUO THEY MOST RESEMBLE

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick

The relationship between quarterback and coach is critical, with two bosses (of sorts) essentially called to share a vision as well as headsets. Like with Brady and Belichick, mutual trust and respect is a key component in OSU's pairing of Weeden and Monken.

Monken offers an NFL element as a former Jacksonville Jaguars assistant. Weeden leads the rock star life of the BMOC. Yet coming together, they're on the same page on a mighty big stage.

DUO THEY MOST RESEMBLE

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick

The relationship between quarterback and coach is critical, with two bosses (of sorts) essentially called to share a vision as well as headsets. Like with Brady and Belichick, mutual trust and respect is a key component in OSU's pairing of Weeden and Monken.

Monken offers an NFL element as a former Jacksonville Jaguars assistant. Weeden leads the rock star life of the BMOC. Yet coming together, they're on the same page on a mighty big stage.

OSU QUARTERBACK DYNAMIC DUO

Charlie Weatherbie and Harold Bailey, 1976

The Cowboys' only conference title since the Missouri Valley days was won with two quarterbacks.

Coach Jim Stanley made Bailey his starter for the Bedlam game, after a 3-2 start, and Weatherbie became an ace reliever, sparking multiple rallies.

In OSU's 31-24 Bedlam victory in Norman, Weatherbie came on in the third quarter, with the Cowboys trailing 24-13, and keyed the 18-0 burst.

Bailey started the rest of the season, except for the Nebraska game, OSU's only loss the rest of the season.

POSITION ANALYSIS

At the top, it doesn't get much better, with Brandon Weeden back and supposedly better in Year 2 of leading the Cowboys offense. All-Big 12 last season, Weeden already owns a slew of school records and directed OSU's first 11-win season. Backup Clint Chelf is growing trust and confidence in teammates and coaches. Freshman J.W. Walsh could be the QB of the future.

Starter

 

Brandon Weeden 

6-4 

218 

Sr. 

Reserves

 

Clint Chelf 

6-1 

192 

So. 

J.W. Walsh 

6-1 

195 

Fr. 

Unit grade: A-

Weeden should be a Heisman candidate; Chelf isn't proven under pressure, but has improved.

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