I also believe that Jay Gruden is not the man for the job. His play calling has been suspect all season and not all the blame of Sunday’s loss can be put on Dalton. I will take you back to week 17 against the Ravens as a prime example of absolutely criminal play calling.
1st-and-goal on the 1-yard line up 10 points with 8:29 on the clock. For 99% of Offensive Coordinators around the NFL, you would call run, run, run and then make the decision to go for it on 4th down or kick the points.
Worst-case scenario you give the shaky Ravens offense the ball on their own 1-yard line with roughly 7:10 on the clock and a long way to go. Even if they managed to drive their way to a score, they would probably take 4-6 minutes off the clock in the process and would put the Bengals in an easy position to close the game out.
Gruden however, calls an aggressive play call which gives Dalton the option to pass (which he should have never had in this situation), and he throws an interception to give the ball to the Ravens have it on their own 20-yard line with 8:25 on the clock.
Against the Chargers, Gruden called 51 passes and abandoned the mostly successful run game far too early, especially as we were leading at halftime so could afford to be patient on offense. Dalton throws 2 INTs and loses a fumble and the Bengals lose another play off game.
Hopefully, him leaving and Hue Jackson taking over will help Dalton limit turnovers would be a huge difference maker. I also feel that Gruden didn’t utilize our two fantastic tight ends very well throughout the season.
As Dalton’s safety blankets, they probably could have helped us out of a few tight spots.