2013 Cincinnati Bengals Season Grades: Special Teams and Coaches

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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

Offensive Coordinator: C+

Like Lewis, Gruden deserves credit for what he has done – most notably take a rookie QB with no training camp and get 9 wins and 20 TDs out of him in the first year, 10 wins and 27 his second year, and a franchise record 33 and 11 wins in his third year.

However, he also oversaw an offense that forced Dalton to throw so much that 20 interceptions also accompanied his 2013 stat sheet. He oversaw an offense that tied for 27th with 3.6 YPC despite a talented running back duo.

He also conjured up a 2012 playoff game plan designed to get the ball to Jermaine Gresham instead of AJ Green. He repeatedly failed in short yardage situations and even admitted to overthinking them.

And he also was the coordinator that had Dalton throw the 8th most passes in the NFL – something that should never happen. Despite the offenses growth under Gruden, it was time for Gruden to go. D

Dalton may have fit Gruden’s system, but I am not sure Gruden’s play calling fit Dalton…or the Bengals for that matter.

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