Jay Gruden, the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals, is going to be a hot commodity in the NFL coaching marketplace. He's already being mentioned as a possible Head Coach candidate for a couple of teams that recently fired their coaches.
Gruden runs the West Coast offense. I believe his offense has been key to the amazing success of rookie quarterback Andy Dalton. Although his numbers haven't set the world ablaze, the offense allows for quick routes and reads, while reducing the amount of time spent in the pocket. That lack of "pocket time" translates into fewer sacks. What intrigues me about Gruden is how he focuses on taking advantage of strengths, and not trying to fit players to an offense they may not be capable of operating. He uses shorts passes and slants to utilize what he has, while taking a player like A.J.Green and expanding his roll by a wider play selection.
I don't mean to bash Josh McDaniels, but he has failed to take into account the players he has, and fit his offense to them like Gruden has in Cincinnati. The whole "square peg, in a round hole" thing comes to mind when I consider the Rams offense this year. We need a head coach that will adapt his offense to our strengths
Also, Gruden would be good for Sam Bradford for a couple of reasons. One of the reasons I mentioned above; we'd go back to the West Coast Offense. McDaniels would most likely be gone. This team and these players just don't fit the spread and as much as I'd like to say we could get all the players necessary to do so, we can't. In order to do so, we'd have to completely do over our line and get rid of almost all of our wide receivers. You can't expect to fill all the holes in just one off-season. This team is built for the West Coast Offense. The second reason is Jay Gruden used to be a QB. Even though he played in the Arena Football League, he still understands what Sam's going through.
Jay Gruden is a guy with experience, including several years at the NFL level. Gruden also has Head Coach experience in Arena Football League, coaching the Orlando Predators to two titles. It means he has experience in leading his teams to championships and knows how to get it done when there. The Rams had a player not long ago from Arena football that worked out well... I wonder if Gruden ever bagged groceries?
If head coach Steve Spagnuolo leaves the team, the Rams Organization will begin looking for the right man to replace him. Look for Jay Gruden to make any short list of potential St. Louis Rams head coaching candidates.