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Report: Some Bengals glad to see Jay Gruden go

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09:16 AM ET 01.12 | They're not quite shouting "good riddance" in Cincinnati with the departure of offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, the new Washington head coach. But there definitely are some players, team officials and fans (perhaps even a few assistants), who felt that, for all the positives Gruden brought to the Bengals offense, he frequently was too enamored of the passing game and sacrificed some degree of balance. In just three of 17 games, including last week's wild card defeat, did the Cincinnati offense have more run than pass plays. Of the team's 1,176 snaps, only 43 percent were running plays. In the passing-skewed NFL, that's not outrageous, but it's still a bit lopsided.

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January 12, 2014  09:26 AM ET

Another fine decision brought to you by the same person who brought you Albert Haynesworth, the Shanahans and a 3-13 record. Hail Lil' Danny.

January 12, 2014  09:27 AM ET

Bot sure what the point of this article is, I suppose the editor just said, "find something negative and write that".

January 12, 2014  09:32 AM ET

Yes, everything is going to be juuuuuuust fine now.

January 12, 2014  09:32 AM ET

This is scapegoating. Bernard was averaging about 3.8 yards per carry while Green's average recept was 14.6. (Jones was also emerging.) You tell me what aspect of the offense you feature. 43% with that kind of productivity would be about right.

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January 12, 2014  09:37 AM ET
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Bot sure what the point of this article is, I suppose the editor just said, "find something negative and write that".

I agree. 43% running plays in the NFL ranks the Bengals as 9th in a 32 team League for running the ball the most times in a game. Just plain lousy reporting. The facts are totally contrary to the implication.

January 12, 2014  09:42 AM ET

In sports in general one word is the remedy for success in all phases of team sports WINNING.

January 12, 2014  09:52 AM ET

Like they said on ''Pardon the interruption'' maybe they wanted Jon but settled for Jay, like you wanted the Godfather but settled for Fredo.

January 12, 2014  09:57 AM ET
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Like they said on ''Pardon the interruption'' maybe they wanted Jon but settled for Jay, like you wanted the Godfather but settled for Fredo.

Now THAT'S funny!

January 12, 2014  10:06 AM ET
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Like they said on ''Pardon the interruption'' maybe they wanted Jon but settled for Jay, like you wanted the Godfather but settled for Fredo.

You know, Dan Snyder does look like Michael Corleone...

January 12, 2014  10:18 AM ET
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You know, Dan Snyder does look like Michael Corleone...

Looks more like Froto than Fredo.

January 12, 2014  10:20 AM ET

In other words the me me me me running backs who didn't get to are the ones spewing this. Then I would expect the receivers to be sad he is leaving. If they catch X number of passes, I'm sure that is a contract bonus. So what's the point. Is it required to have 50 50 run and pass to be winners?

January 12, 2014  10:23 AM ET
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In other words the me me me me running backs who didn't get to are the ones spewing this. Then I would expect the receivers to be sad he is leaving. If they catch X number of passes, I'm sure that is a contract bonus. So what's the point. Is it required to have 50 50 run and pass to be winners?

Nope. Although with the careless way Andy Dalton threw the ball in the postseason, it would have helped.

January 12, 2014  10:32 AM ET
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You know, Dan Snyder does look like Michael Corleone...

That's an insult to Al Pacino...

January 12, 2014  10:35 AM ET

I guess the Bengals head coach is obviously a figure head and has no control over what happens on team.....I'd take this Gruden kid over Lewis anytime......Lewis is what 0-5..0-6 in the playoffs....

January 12, 2014  10:58 AM ET

He was a decent Arena League quarterback. NFL head coach might be a stretch.

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January 12, 2014  11:50 AM ET

I can't imagine anyone going to DC volunatarily

January 12, 2014  12:18 PM ET

Jay most likely thought about Dalton and decided " I have done all I can for that boy."

 
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