What started as a rumor on PFT last night has been confirmed today by the team: Jay Gruden will be the new offensive coordinator.
According to Hobson over at the team’s site, Gruden will install a West Coast-based scheme similar to that run under former Bengal coaches Sam Wyche and Bruce Coslet, and will resemble those currently run in Philadelphia and Green Bay.
There’s been no word out of Carson Palmer’s camp as to whether or not he approves the move (or how it impacts his trade demands) but Gruden went out of his way to compliment Cincy’s franchise signal caller.
“I think everyone is hopeful we can get a deal done where he comes back and he plays like Carson can play. He’s one of the elite quarterbacks in the league and we have to keep it that way and keep him protected and have fun playing football and I think he will do that and if he wants to come back, we’re going to make everything right for him.” Gruden said.
Gruden’s Orlando Tuskers team in the UFL made that league’s championship game last year en route to averaging over 35 points per game, but it’s clear he intends to to install a run-first offense. “We have to be a physical team up front. We’re going to challenge our offensive line to be physical,” Gruden said, ”We’re not going to spread out and go no-huddle every down and throw the ball 65 times a game. I intend on pounding the ball and being able to pound the ball.”
That was obviously a prerequisite for Marvin Lewis, and should make Cedric Benson happy about a possible return to stripes.
Indications are that while Gruden will try to maintain some elements of what the offense “did well” (whatever that is) most of the playbook and all of the terminology will change. So I guess that “Value in Continuity” is out the window. This indicates to me that either Lewis didn’t want to tip his hand to Bratkowski, or the team changed direction on that point after fan anger reached its fever pitch last week.
Either way, I for one am excited about the move. Gruden has the pedigree and a solid resume.