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Jay Gruden not interviewing, staying with Bengals

Posted on: January 10, 2012 6:56 pm
Dalton and Green should be pleased Gruden's staying in Cincy. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Jay Gruden, thanks to the work he did with Bengals rookie quarterback Andy Dalton, was a hot name in coaching circles for open positions with a number of teams. But he's not going anywhere in 2012.

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Gruden's decided to stay with the Bengals and continue working with Dalton and the young Cincinnati offense in 2012.

"I’m happy here," Gruden said, per Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. "I like working for Marvin (Lewis) and with the team. I feel like we’re just scratching the surface on offense, but we have a lot of good, young players and have the potential to do even better next season."

Gruden was believed to be a possibility for the Jaguars opening, and the Rams called the Bengals seeking permission to speak with Gruden, but he declined any opportunities to interview for anything other than his current job.

This is curious for a couple of reasons. One, Gruden wasn't taking a job -- he was just interviewing, and there's nothing illegal, immoral or otherwise about that. Two, though the Bengals made the playoffs and Dalton had a great season, Cincy got lucky with their schedule.

In 2011, they played the AFC South and NFC West, two of the weaker divisions in football. In 2012 they'll play the NFC East and AFC West, which is substantially tougher. (Although, hey, bonus: Carson Palmer plays the Bengals!)

That being said, Dalton and A.J. Green, along with the two first-round picks Cincy has in 2012 (thanks Carson!), it's possible that the Bengals could continue developing into a potent offense.

If that happens, Gruden's name will continue to be mentioned in the coaching rumor mill, and it's possible he'll have more opportunities for a coaching gig than he had this offseason.

As we've said on the podcast time and time again, just because there are only 32 NFL coaching jobs doesn't mean you have to take one when it's open.

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Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:30 pm

Jay Gruden not interviewing, staying with Bengals

GOOD! THANK GOD! GOOD RIDDANCE! (Bill Irwin on "The Old Man" Seinfeld episode)
It sounded like J. Gruden was the favorite, but I would rather the Jags hire Chudzinski. As long as it's not the guy from the Broncos or Jets.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:47 pm

Jay Gruden not interviewing, staying with Bengals

I'm sick of the schedule "explanation" being used to justify the Bengals playoff run.  Then to turn around and say next year's schedule will be significantly more difficult.  To quote a former Bengal, "Child, please!"  Next year the Bengals will play the AFC West which couldn't produce a single team with a winning record in 2011.  As for their NFC opponents, the NFC East was almost as epic in not producing teams with winning records.  Of the 8 teams between the AFC West and NFC East, only the Giants finished with a winning record.  The AFC North produced 3 playoff teams and could very well do the same next year.  As a matter of fact, I see the Bengals improving to 11-5 next year as they won't be swept by the Steelers and Ravens. 

Since: Mar 21, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:22 pm

Jay Gruden not interviewing, staying with Bengals

I like Dalton, more QBs should dye their hair to match the team colors

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