Monken Saddened By Portrayal on Depth Chart

The ESPN special "Depth Chart" debuted Wednesday to mostly rave reviews from Cowboy players and coaches.

The show documented the Cowboy football team for five weeks during fall camp and focused in on senior quarterback Brandon Weeden, as well as, backup quarterbacks Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh.

For as well as it was received overall, one OSU offensive coordinator Todd Monken was not entirely enthusiastic about his own portrayal on the program.

"I thought it was great but I was embarrassed," Monken said. "My parents still haven't called me. I compare it to — anyone who has seen Lethal Weapon — his daughter is going to be in a commercial and the whole family is there and it ends up being a condom commercial. It's a little embarrassing for the family."

Monken was referring, of course, to the montage of him cursing in practice and in player meetings. It seemed to cast him in a certain unfavorable light that he took issue with.

"I'm embarrassed. I get excited and I'm passionate about coaching and I would never want that to be portrayed the way it was," he said. "I haven't even finished watching it. (Cursing) is something I've tried to do a better job of the past couple weeks and yet I don't want to stop being who I am. I can't be who I'm not but I thought (ESPN) took liberties and turned the show into a little bit of reality TV and made me the goofy, idiot, swearing son-of-a-gun and took away from our university and our players and I think that's sad."

Overall, Monken said he wasn't disappointed in the show itself, just in the way he was presented. And, as for swearing, he said he hasn't done it in 17-straight practices.

"I think it was well done and they had the best intentions of it but I think it affects you more when it's you, not someone else," Monken said. "If it had been someone else or Mike Gundy ranting I wouldn't have thought anything of it but when it's you that's not how you want it. You wouldn't want your players to see that. They wouldn't see it as that; they'd see it as me being excited but I was still embarrassed.

"I'm confident in my ability to coach and motivate and all those things but after five weeks of filming I wouldn't have figured that's what they'd come up with."

He said even though he was a little distraught in what he saw of himself, the benefits of having such a visible presence on ESPN was far too good for the program for him to feel sorry for himself.

"I though, in general, any publicity was great and it was good for us," he said. "We'd do it again, even if it meant me swearing again for us to get that publicity again then great."


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