While the Cincinnati Bengals are bittersweet about losing Mike Zimmer to the Minnesota Vikings, the same cannot be said for Jay Gruden.
Almost immediately after his departure to the Washington Redskins, there seemed to be a good riddance” feeling among the Bengals.
In his Monday morning Quarterback Column, Sports Illustrated’ Peter King tabbed the Bengals No. 13 in his Fine Fifteen power rankings while also making note of griping inside the front office about Gruden pass-happy offense:
13. Cincinnati (11-6). Re the loss of offensive coordinator Jay Gruden to Washington: You can bet new Cincinnati offensive coordinator Hue Jackson will run it more than 43.8 percent of the snaps in 2014 … and that Gio Bernard and whoever his running mate is next year (BenJarvus Green-Ellis or someone else) will have more than 390 rushing attempts between them. That was the major gripe inside the Cincinnati offices about Gruden—that he didn’t run enough.
And according to a report from the National Football Post, there was a lot of criticism toward Gruden coming from the Bengals’ locker room because they felt rookie running back Giovani Bernard needed the ball in his hands more this year.
And to top it all off, during his first interview after being named the head coach of the Redskins, he called them the Raiders:
“The only thing I can do is be Jay Gruden, coach these guys up, and hopefully make the Raider nation — Redskin nation — very proud,” Gruden said during the interview.