STILLWATER — Todd Monken left the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars in January to become the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State.
Yet, Monken's relationship with quarterback Brandon Weeden resembles an NFL quarterback-coach relationship more than a collegiate quarterback-coach relationship.
Asked if the relationship was more like an NFL relationship, Monken was quick with his response.
“Yes. The guy checks off on plays we haven't even talked about checking off on,” Monken joked.
The 27-year-old Weeden brings maturity to OSU's offense, which is uncommon in a college quarterback. Their relationship is two grown men with the same goal exchanging ideas and suggestions about how to improve the Cowboy offense and attack a defense.
“It is different that way, and he understands that,” Monken said. “He's an older guy who understands his role in that process. He can communicate to you what he likes and dislikes.”
While most players won't immediately ask questions or express discomfort with a certain play, Weeden doesn't hesitate to suggest something he feels more comfortable with. He'll ask a question about the best way to attack a defense.
“It leads to not guessing,” Monken said. “It's hard to get down the road, then find out he didn't like something or that's not how you did it. That's the advantage of a guy who is older like that or a guy who has played. Younger guys aren't mature enough to say, ‘Hey, I don't get that.'”
Unlike the common quarterback-coach relationship, where the coach is constantly teaching and the quarterback sits back and learns, Weeden and Monken are growing in the offense together. At times, Weeden has been the teacher, and at other times, Monken has been sharing his wisdom and knowledge.