The Buccaneers gave wide receiver DeSean Jackson a three-year, $33.5 million deal with $20 million in guaranteed money, and he's already been put on notice by the team's offensive coordinator to live up to his contract.
Todd Monken said last week that he relayed the message to Jackson that he came to Tampa for the money, and he needs to produce immediately.
On Monday's episode of "Undisputed," Shannon Sharpe and Cris Carter had a heated debate over whether Monken was right to publicly call out Jackson before his first snap as a Buccaneer.
Todd Monken: Jackson came here for the money
“We have paid you a lot of money to be a damn good player. We need you to be a great player now, OK? That’s why they gave you the money. And you came here because of the money. Don’t give me all that [expletive] about you came here because of the weather and Jameis. No, you came here because we paid you the most. So you need to play like that. And he gets that, he’s smart enough to understand that.”
“The best way to have success in life is to find out what your boss wants and to do it in a way that they want to keep you and pay you even more money. I don’t know why people have such a hard time with getting coached hard, or getting hard instructions.
"See, I have no problem with the truth. The coach is being authentic, alright? You are not here because you want to play with Jameis. We saw free agency, we offered you the most money.
"Now this is a good fit, but the reality in dealing with wide receivers is this is the way you have to coach them.”
Bill StreicherBill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Monken is simply telling Jackson to go do his job
“Next year, they’ve got to give Mike Evans a big contract. So Mike Evans, when you know you have him in your rear-view mirror -- because he is a type-A1 receiver. He is a prototype. 6-foot-4 to 6-foot-5, can play the boundary.
"Him and DeSean are the perfect complement - but the coach told him from jump street, ‘Also I know about you. I know sometimes you don’t want to practice. I know sometimes you want to run your mouth. So let me let you know what you’re here for. You’re here to play to get this money.’
"What he’s telling [Jackson] is it’s year-to-year. At 30 years old, this is year-to-year. And most small basketball players and football players, they wear down quicker than the bigger players. So when you’re undersized, you have to keep yourself in top shape, and he’s still going to have to get 17 yards a catch.
"I have no problem because, ‘Do your job, this is what we’re paying you to do.’ ”
Bill StreicherBill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Todd Monken didn't have to say this in public
“I’ve got a huge problem with it, because everything you just said you could have told me behind closed doors. Because what you did is you pre-judged me from a distance. You heard somebody say something.
"But you know what I would have done? I’d say, ‘Listen here [expletive], you and I need to have a conversation, and this is the way I handle it. Now if you’ve got a problem with something I’ve done, or something I’ve said? You address me. If I’ve got a problem with something you’ve said [or] done, I’m going to address you. But I promise you this, if you ever go out publicly and say something like this again… you don’t want those kind of problems that you heard about.’ ”
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Todd Monken had no say in Jackson coming to the Bucs
Cris Carter: “D-Jack needs them. D-Jack needs this money, man. Wait, wait, wait a minute. Where else is he going to go? Where else is he going to get $11 million? … Everyone’s got a boss.”
Shannon Sharpe: “First of all, [Todd Monken] had no say in D-Jack going there. That was the general manager talking to the owners. The offensive coordinator had no say in this.
"Here’s the thing: Everything that he said, although it be true, you can’t address me [in private]? So now I’m coming in … ‘did you hear what Monken said about you? That you came here for the money?”
Jackson doesn't respond well to these type of call-outs
“I know DeSean a little bit, and I know what he’s like, and he can be oversensitive and a little thin-skinned. And he responds much better to love than call-outs.
"This was a flat-out call-out. It’s a call-out by a guy … and I see this happen, I see these guys rise into coordinators’ positions and I don’t know how they did this. How did he pull this off? Todd Monken, just quickly, was a quarterback at Knox College.
"Starts off as a grad assistant at Grand Valley State, hooks up with Brian Kelly, who takes him to Notre Dame, then that doesn’t work out and he goes to Eastern Michigan, Louisiana Tech,Oklahoma State, LSU because of [a] Les Miles connection, and then he has three years as the receivers’ coach in Jacksonville. For whatever reason it didn’t work out and he went back to Oklahoma State, then he winds up the head coach at Southern Miss. Took over a terrible program, he goes 1-11, 3-9 and then had one breakout year, 9-5 and they lost the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
A"nd then, all of a sudden he springboards from there and he’s the coordinator of the Bucs. I don’t know how… I don’t know how these guys get these jobs and then get so full of themselves that they think they have the platform to call out a DeSean Jackson, who has some pedigree in this league.”
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Monken has created tension when there didn't need to be any
“I don’t have a problem being coached, because your job as a coach is to help get me better and to put me in the position to help my team succeed… but when you call me out publicly?
"… I just believe thateverything he said could have been said behind closed doors, and DeSean Jackson would have been more receptive.
"Now I want to be coached, everybody wants to be coached. Why he came there is unimportant. He’s there now. It’s your job to come up with a scheme that gets DeSean Jackson [in the end zone].”