While NFL GMs may be hesitant to hire Jay after just two years of NFL coordinator experience, noted Orlando Sentinel writer Mike Bianchi has wrote a plea begging for the Jaguars to hire Jay. Bianch previously covered Jay when he was the head coach of the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League, and he thinks Jay would be the perfect fit for the Jags:
I’ve been telling people for years that Jay, not Jon, is the best coach in the Gruden family. Back when Jay was just an Arena League coach with the Orlando Predators, I scratched my head when Florida and Florida State wouldn’t even give him a second glance as an offensive coordinator. Instead, they hired guys like Jeff Bowden and Steve Addazio. I even tried to tell the Miami Hurricanes when they ridiculously thought they were going to get Jon Gruden as their head coach that they should hire Jay instead.
Now look at Jay. He’s one of the hottest head-coaching candidates in the NFL, and you wonder if the Jaguars now have the cache to hire him. He’s already interviewed for head-coaching jobs with the Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers and Arizona Cardinals. If the Jags are lucky, he will choose Jacksonville because he loves living in Florida and he doesn’t need a high-profile job in a glitzy city to be happy.
In fact, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If the Arena League hadn’t gone bankrupt a few years ago, Jay would probably still be the head coach of the Predators.
With the Philadelphia Eagles’ hiring of Oregon Head Coach Chip Kelly, it greatly improves the likelihood that the Bengals will be able to retain offensive coordinator Jay Gruden for at least one more year.