Todd Monken: Ryan Fitzpatrick Gives Us the Best Chance to Win

Offensive Coordinator Todd Monken spoke to the media on Thursday during Week 11.

(On starting fast)

“Irrespective of how you do it, the bottom line is starting fast is points. We had the same thing happen in Cincinnati. We got a stop, we went all the way down the field and we threw an interception – same exact thing happened. We got a stop on defense, went right down the field and we threw an interception and that changes really where you’re at. Not only the feeling of just – we talk about starting fast, which we did. Took the ball, went all the way down the field and threw an interception. Again, starting fast is scoring first. That is scoring first, getting a stop first and putting yourself in an advantageous position.”

(On if he goes into a game thinking the team needs to emphasize the run control time of possession)

“First off, Coach [Koetter] is the best offensive coach I’ve been around and the best play caller – that’s why I came here. Second off, you always have a plan who you’re trying to attack and what’s going to give you the best chance to win offensively. With that being said, we’d love to score more longer – who wouldn’t? Who wouldn’t like to take advantage of your nine or 10 possessions, take seven minutes or six minutes off the clock and finish with a touchdown? In an ideal world, that is perfect. In every sport, how do we do that? Efficiency on the offensive end where we take time and we don’t give them as many possessions. You’re exactly right. We’d love to be able to do that and be more efficient at it – more effective in the red zone. You bet.”

(On if Coach Koetter had an emphasis on RPOs)

“I wouldn’t say so much that. I would just say that it’s a matter of calling them when you’ve got them on the game plan sheet and he did a great job of that. We certainly did. They gave us certain things and he kept calling it – did a great job of that.”

(On how the pass protection has been for Ryan Fitzpatrick)

“Outstanding. I really do. We’ve put ourselves in some tough spots at times. When you put yourself in a position where you’ve got to throw as often as we’ve had to, it’s going to put you in those positions. Early in the years that wasn’t an issue. Why? We were winning. I mean, Philadelphia defensively and the Saints – they have good pass rushers. What was the difference? We were ahead in the game. We dictated to them tempo and how we played – we were running the ball enough. When you get behind and they can pin their ears back and come after you, and then you’re getting some of their stunts and blitzes that you normally see on third down, their you don’t see on run downs that’s tough. We’ve got to do a better job moving forward.”