Part of the Andy Dalton's and the Bengals offense success is tied to the coaching job Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden has done this season. Guiding a rookie quarterback with no off-season preparation to a 7-4 start is a major accomplishment. The Bengals organization and Bengals fans have been extremely happy with the job Jay has done, but they are not the only ones who have noticed the job that he has done.
The Jacksonville Jaguars, who recently fired head coach Jack Del Rio, may be one of the franchises which show interest in Jay. Gruden has ties to Florida, having lived in Orlando for 13 years and coaching franchises in both the Arena Football League and the United Football League based in Florida.
When asked about the potential of moving up to a head coaching position, Jay tried to dismiss the idea. He said, "It doesn’t even cross my mind really. I haven’t even thought about it, nor will I. I’m happy where I am at right now and I have a job to do here. It’s flattering, whoever wrote it. It’s a million-to-one shot."
Gruden is not the only Bengals assistant coach who may get some head coaching looks this upcoming off-season. Defensive Coordinator Mike Zimmer, given the superb job he has done with the Bengals defense, will also probably have the opportunity to take the next step up. While it would be terrible to lose one or both of our coordinators, it does show that the Bengals must be doing something right, if their coordinators are generating this type of interest.