Monken is a very interesting option for a team like the Chargers because of what he has made his bones on, and what the Bolts could look to become next year.
He's dealt mainly in offenses that like to feature their tight end- University of Georgia with Brock Bowers and now the Baltimore Ravens with (the now injured) Mark Andrews.
I see a potential match made in heaven here if Monken were to somehow become the next Chargers head coach with Brock Bowers coming down the pike in this 2024 draft class. Bowers could very well be a guy the Chargers want to take with the first pick, somewhere in the 5-10 range (maybe even better).
And what is the main thing this team has been missing for years now?
A dominant tight end.
Just like how Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs have had Travis Kelce to go to as the safety blanket. Just like how Tom Brady and the Patriots had Gronk to go to. If you want to start winning championships, putting a potential superstar tight end on your roster doesn't seem like a bad idea to me, as much as I'd also love to see Marvin Harrison Jr., Malik Nabers, or Rome Odunze in the powder blue next year.
Adding a coach like Monken who loves the tight ends might be our ticket to landing a Brock Bowers, and hopefully the next Kelce or Gronk for Justin Herbert's prime.
Here are the Ravens' offensive improvements from 2022 to this season that Monken has facilitated in his first year as OC:
- 20.6 points per game in 2022 to 27.4 this season
- 338.8 total yards per game in 2022 to 374.1 this season
- 178.8 passing yards per game in 2022 to 210.4 this season
- 160 rushing yards per game in 2022 (great) to 163.8 this season (even better)