Yes, Jay Gruden leapfrogged a few positions as far as NFL jobs go. Yes, he spent time in both the Arena League and the UFL, the ugly stepsisters of the NFL. Yes, he’s already behind, starting his first season with a compressed schedule and no franchise quarterback to speak of.
The Bengals new offensive coordinator has an energy that comes through even in an article. And his name is also not Bob Bratkowski, which is good. Perhaps I’m getting ahead of myself, but it seems like Gruden is exactly what this refurbished Bengals offense needs. He actually seems excited to be in Cincinnati. And he’s hell-bent on challenging everyone on his offense.
If you haven’t read it yet, take a look at Geoff Hobson’s profile of Gruden on Bengals.com (below). Gruden makes it sound like Andy Dalton is the favorite to be the starting quarterback and the entire offensive unit is about to be thrown head-first into this season. Dare I say it, but Gruden just might be the fire-breathing Mike Zimmer type that the offense has sorely needed.
Sure, he hasn’t really done anything yet, but Gruden seems to have the right energy and as far as I’m concerned, he’s saying all the right things.
So what’s not to love?
Click the image to read the article on Gruden at Bengals.com