The @azcardinals confirm they plan to interview Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden this week for their vacant head coaching job.
— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) January 7, 2013
Jay has been praised around the NFL for his development of former second-rounder Andy Dalton, who led the Bengals to a second consecutive playoff appearance this year while working with a young but talented offensive group of players that included eight starters in 2012 that had three or fewer seasons of NFL experience under their belt.
It doesn’t hurt that he’s the brother of former Super Bowl-winning head coach Jon Gruden.
This doesn’t mean Jay is leaving, as the Cardinals are also planning to interview Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley, Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith, and current Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton.
While Bengals fans are reasonably frustrated with the Bengals’ offensive struggles in 2012, losing Jay would hurt what they’ve built in two short years after a massive overhaul that saw the team lose it’s franchise QB (Carson Palmer) and best two receivers (Chad Johnson and Terrell Owens) in 2011.