When BenJarvus Green-Ellis was held out of Sunday’s contest with a hamstring issue, many assumed it was simply the coaches’ decision to rest Ellis in preparation for this weekend’s Wild Card matchup against the Houston Texans. offensive Coordiantor Jay Gruden said today that he is optimistic Ellis will be available on Saturday:
We’re going to prepare to run the ball like we do every week and hopefully BenJarvus is healthy. He’s got a little twinge right now, but it looks like he’s going to be fine. It will be important to us. We have other backs also that can run the ball. We’re not going to change our plan at all. It never varies. We have a good run plan going in, but Houston’s a good run defense as we all know. It’s going to be important to try to force the issue.
He also said he’s not worried about his name popping up in head-coaching searches:
We haven’t played the best football offensively the last couple weeks. I’m just trying to keep my job here.
He also added that becoming a head coach is the “furthest thing from my mid right now”. It’s looking more and more likely Jay will remain in Cincinnati for at least one more season.