It is well known to Bengals fans that Andy Dalton had a successful rookie campaign by any critics standards. But where does one point to in order to attribute this early level of greatness? Look no further than offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.
Gruden comes from football pedigree. He is the brother of Super Bowl winning coach Jon Gruden. He isn’t just limited to the weight his name carries though. Jay Gruden was a quarterback in college for Louisville and later won six Arena Football titles, 4 as a starting QB and 2 as head coach.
Grudens playing experience ultimately benefits Dalton in a huge way. Gruden can relate to his QB and knows how to run the offense from behind the helmet as well as the headset.