Okay, this isn’t Jay Gruden’s 3rd year coaching, but this is his 3rd year as an offensive coordinator for the Bengals. If year 3 is a good way to measure a player’s success, then why can’t it be the standard for a coach’s success too? I admit, a coach’s career is much longer than a player’s career, but the bar must be set, and Jay Gruden, just like Andy Dalton, has no excuse not to be successful as a 3rd year offensive coordinator.
Before being added to the Bengals coaching staff in 2011, Gruden was a very well respected offensive coordinator in the UFL, and former head coach of the Florida Tuskers. Gruden came to the Bengals after the firing of former offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski who held the position since 2001. Gruden, just likeDaltonand Green, came into a lockout NFL season and in a completely new style of offense.