Roundtable: Jay Gruden and the Cincinnati Bengals Offense

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Aug 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden in the third quarter of a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden has drawn a heavy amount of criticism for the play of the offense over the past three weeks, and his play-calling has also come into question. While the offense has taken a significant step back over the past month, this is still overall Gruden’s best job in his three years as an NFL offensive coordinator.

Through nine games, the offense is averaging 364 yards per game(ninth in NFL) and are ninth in the league in total first down (219), showing just how efficient this offense is when it’s clicking.

But the recent slump has a familiar feeling to that of last season, when the offense was among one of the worst in the NFL over the final five game and into the playoffs, despite the defense playing like the best in the league at the time.

So, we gathered our writers and pondered this question:

“Are you satisfied with Jay Gruden, the offense and the play-calling overall?”

 

Dustin Meritt

Sure, against the Jets I am, I think Jay needs to see the strengths and weaknesses of his team and scheme to that. The personnel is here, but the play calling is not, if things don’t improve on offense, they will have to make a change at OC in my opinion .

 

 

Sean McMahon

Not at all. Jay Gruden has had some extremely questionable play-calling at times throughout the season. For instance, while it was down pouring this Sunday, he decided to air it out instead of running the ball. He doesn’t seem to know how to use his personnel correctly, like using tight ends in the seam. Hopefully, another team gives him a head coaching job somewhere else.

 

Ty Mercurio

I think we need a new offensive coordinator whereas we need Marvin Lewis to communicate more. I like what Gruden has done with this offense, but Gruden is not the one throwing interceptions. Gruden is not the one locking onto receivers. Gruden is not the one blocking poorly. Do I think the play calling needs to be better? Yes, but Lewis as the head coach should at some point step in and say this isn’t working try this.

Like I said, the playbook is good, the weapons are good, but there needs to be a slight change. Nothing major like a coaching change though.

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