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07:25 AM ET 01.07 | With Cincinnati's season over, Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden is free to interview with teams that have head coaching vacancies. CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reports that the Redskins, Vikings, Lions and Titans have all requested permission to do just that. More from La Canfora: "He is one of the most in-demand coordinators and has passed up opportunities in the past but is very much interested in becoming a head coach now, sources said. Many of these jobs would interest him, and all are likely to hire an offensive-minded coach, with correcting, or finding, a quarterback the paramount chore for these organizations. While Gruden's offense has struggled in the playoffs the last three years, he has helped Andy Dalton -- a limited quarterback in some regards -- put up some record regular-season numbers."

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January 7, 2014  07:38 AM ET

Why, Bros?

January 7, 2014  07:43 AM ET

Yea....Everyone says the coaching staff sucks - but yet every team needing a coach is ringing the phone wanting to talk to Cincy coach's.

Say put Gruden and Zim's big things are on the Hi-risen.

January 7, 2014  08:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Yea....Everyone says the coaching staff sucks - but yet every team needing a coach is ringing the phone wanting to talk to Cincy coach's.Stay put Gruden and Zim's big things are on the Hi-risen.

"Stay" put Gruden.....


Sorry early morning typo........

January 7, 2014  08:03 AM ET

Meh...

January 7, 2014  08:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Why, Bros?

Because there are few good choices?

January 7, 2014  08:50 AM ET

I think it's been more of a struggle for Dalton in the playoffs rather than Gruden's offense.

January 7, 2014  08:57 AM ET

Mediocrity deserves a promotion?? Where do I sign.. I'll be a CEO in no time.

January 7, 2014  09:25 AM ET

To me he has only two choices the Titans or Vikings with a virus in Washington and the Lions have already made up their minds on Whisenhunt.

January 7, 2014  09:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I think it's been more of a struggle for Dalton in the playoffs rather than Gruden's offense.

It looks like Marvin and his coaching staff have their work cut out for them, then. They have an awful lot of talent to be getting bounced out of a Wildcard home-game.

January 7, 2014  10:34 AM ET

Who would want to coach in Washington?

January 7, 2014  10:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

It looks like Marvin and his coaching staff have their work cut out for them, then. They have an awful lot of talent to be getting bounced out of a Wildcard home-game.

They don't have good enough talent at the most important position, QB. Andy Dalton's career postseason completion rate is only 57% and he's only thrown 1 playoff TD in 3 games and thrown 6 picks. His best playoff QB rating is 67. The Bengals are fast approaching the point where they need to pursue a new QB to lead the team, 2014 is his make or break season.

January 7, 2014  10:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

They don't have good enough talent at the most important position, QB. Andy Dalton's career postseason completion rate is only 57% and he's only thrown 1 playoff TD in 3 games and thrown 6 picks. His best playoff QB rating is 67. The Bengals are fast approaching the point where they need to pursue a new QB to lead the team, 2014 is his make or break season.

2014 is also the least year of Dalton's current deal. That kinda puts the Bengals in-between a rock and a hard place: do they give Dalton one more season to figure it out, or do they bring in another QB now to at least compete for the starting job? There are plenty of QB opportunities in this draft; that might not be the case a year from now. And then there's the issue of what will happen if Jay Gruden leaves; will Dalton be able to adapt to a new OC within a single season?

January 7, 2014  11:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

2014 is also the least year of Dalton's current deal. That kinda puts the Bengals in-between a rock and a hard place: do they give Dalton one more season to figure it out, or do they bring in another QB now to at least compete for the starting job? There are plenty of QB opportunities in this draft; that might not be the case a year from now. And then there's the issue of what will happen if Jay Gruden leaves; will Dalton be able to adapt to a new OC within a single season?

There will be opportunities to draft a quality QB in 2015 as well. I think they'll give him one more season to prove himself.

January 7, 2014  11:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

They don't have good enough talent at the most important position, QB. Andy Dalton's career postseason completion rate is only 57% and he's only thrown 1 playoff TD in 3 games and thrown 6 picks. His best playoff QB rating is 67. The Bengals are fast approaching the point where they need to pursue a new QB to lead the team, 2014 is his make or break season.

Yes he has not been very good in the play-offs.
But he has been pretty good induring the season 30-18 as a starter. And has put up some numbers that neither Manning or Brady did there first 3yrs.

FIRST 3 YRS. IN THE LEAGUE COMPARSION
Brady: 33.3 Comp pct. 0 TD - 0 INT
63.9 18 TD - 12 INT
62.1 28 TD - 14 INT

Manning:56.7 Comp Pct 26 td -28 INT
62.1 26TD - 15INT
62.5 33 TD - 15 INT

Dalton: 58.1 Comp Pct. 20TD - 13 INT
62.3 27TD -16 INT
61.9 33 TD - 20INT

And Dalton has got them to the playoffs his first 3 yrs. - So its not time to give up on him ,if they did there are alot of Teams that would love to have him.

January 7, 2014  12:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

2014 is also the least year of Dalton's current deal. That kinda puts the Bengals in-between a rock and a hard place: do they give Dalton one more season to figure it out, or do they bring in another QB now to at least compete for the starting job?

These aren't mutually exclusive. They can, and probably will, do both.

January 7, 2014  12:07 PM ET

The Bengals have some good coaches, they got eaten up by a hot Team, who just might win it all! That's the way it goes in the playoffs the team with the best regular season record is NOT a lock to win it all.

January 7, 2014  12:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

The Bengals have some good coaches, they got eaten up by a hot Team, who just might win it all! That's the way it goes in the playoffs the team with the best regular season record is NOT a lock to win it all.

Thats the best way to say it.......kinda of like the Ratbirds did last yr.

January 7, 2014  12:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Thats the best way to say it.......kinda of like the Ratbirds did last yr.

"The Ratbirds"... that still cracks me up.

January 7, 2014  01:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

"The Ratbirds"... that still cracks me up.

Very appropriate though...

 
January 7, 2014  01:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

These aren't mutually exclusive. They can, and probably will, do both.

Yep. No reason they wouldn't take a flyer on a QB in the middle rounds to groom. More than one successful QB started like that.

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