CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 01: Jermaine Gresham #84 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball and tries to avoid the defensive pressure of Dannell Ellerbe #59 of the Baltimore Ravens during the NFL game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, who decided to stay in Cincinnati despite general interest for vacant head coaching positions in Jacksonville and St. Louis, joined Lance McAlister and Dave Lapham on Bengals Line Monday night. And let me tell you, if you haven't heard the interview you should, because Gruden is perhaps the most honest and humorous coaches we've heard interviewed in some time.
Gruden was asked about several things on Cincinnati's offense, ranging from Andy Dalton, A.J. Green and the overall development of tight end Jermaine Gresham. Before that however the guys asked what grade Gruden would give himself, quickly scoring himself with a "D".
"We got to get better and we will get better," Gruden said. "We just got to utilize the talent that we have better and get Jermaine Gresham down the middle a little bit more and we'll be alright." At that point Gruden plays to the crowd, who enthusiastically cheered.
Dave Lapham stayed on point with Gresham, asking what the starting tight end must do to get better.
"He's just got to continue studying, learn and rep, rep, rep, rep and rep. He's just got to mentally get into it and see the looks. He's very raw. He's never done this type of thing before where option routes, reading the safeties, two deep, three deep or whatever it might be. The more he sees the better he's going to be and once he gets it, he will be a dominate force."
Gresham finished the season with a career high in receptions (56), yards receiving (596) and touchdown (6).