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Jay Gruden
Offensive Coordinator
Age:
47
Hometown:
Tampa, FL
Experience:
3

Bio

Jay Gruden is in his third season as Bengals offensive coordinator. His first two seasons have seen the Bengals claim a pair of playoff berths, with three Cincinnati offensive players making the Pro Bowl in each season.
Jay Gruden is in his third season as Bengals offensive coordinator. His first two seasons have seen the Bengals claim a pair of playoff berths, with three Cincinnati offensive players making the Pro Bowl in each season.

Prospects for continued forward strides appear excellent for 2013. In last season’s Wild Card playoff game at Houston, eight of the 11 offensive starters were players with four seasons or less of NFL experience. Two of those eight—WR A.J. Green and TE Jermaine Gresham—were Pro Bowlers for the second straight year. Green continued to blossom in Gruden’s system as one of the NFL’s most coveted young players, voted as an AFC Pro Bowl starter, and Gresham improved his production from his 2011 Pro Bowl season.

The other offensive Pro Bowler from last season was veteran T Andrew Whitworth. Second-year QB Andy Dalton did not make the Pro Bowl last season, but he was voted to the game as a rookie in 2011, and in ’12 Dalton continued to gain recognition as an outstanding value from the second round of the ’11 draft. Dalton’s winning percentage as a Bengals starter is .594 (19-13 record), the best percentage in Bengals history for a QB with 10 or more starts. Dalton’s 47 TD career passes rank third in NFL history among QBs in their first two seasons, trailing only Dan Marino (68) and Peyton Manning (52).

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis credits Gruden’s system with having helped Dalton enjoy success from the outset.

“We are much simpler in our scheme for the quarterback since Jay has come on board,” Lewis says. “We are not reinventing the wheel against every new defense we face. The quarterback has a lot of leeway in the things he can call, and Jay recognized that Andy was the type of player who could use those options effectively.”

Despite having only two seasons himself at the NFL coordinator level, Gruden is recognized across the NFL as one of the league’s most promising young offensive minds. Following last season, he earned interviews with four teams for vacant head coaching positions.  

Prior to joining the Bengals, Gruden coached for seven seasons (2002-08) in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, earning a Super Bowl championship ring in 2002. He also ranks among the most outstanding players and coaches in the history of the Arena Football League, having won four league championships as a quarterback and two as a head coach.

In 2010, Gruden was head coach and general manager of the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League, leading the Tuskers to the championship game.

Gruden played four seasons at QB for the University of Louisville (1985-88). He was a two-time team MVP. He played QB in the Arena League for six seasons (1991-96) with the Tampa Bay Storm, winning four AFL titles and posting numbers as the league’s all-time leading passer.

He was head coach for the AFL’s Orlando Predators for nine seasons (1998-2001 and 2004-08). He led the team to four championship game appearances, with two league titles. During a two-year hiatus from coaching the Predators, in 2002-03, he returned to the playing field as Orlando’s QB, leading two playoff seasons. He was elected in 1999 to the AFL Hall of Fame.

In 2002, Gruden accepted a position as an offensive assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, taking on a dual role as he also continued his AFL exploits during NFL offseasons. He worked for seven seasons at Tampa Bay under his brother Jon, the Bucs head coach.

Gruden was born March 4, 1967 in Tiffin, Ohio. He and his wife, Sherry, have three sons — J.J., Joey and Jack.

PLAYING AND COACHING HISTORY — 1985-88: Played QB at University of Louisville. 1990: Played QB for Barcelona Dragons and Sacramento Surge (WLAF). 1991-96: Played QB for Tampa Bay Storm (AFL). 1997: Offensive coordinator, Nashville Kats (AFL). 1998-2001: Head coach, Orlando Predators (AFL). 2002-03: Played QB for Orlando Predators. 2004-08: Head coach, Orlando Predators. 2002-08: Assistant coach, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 2009: Offensive coordinator, Florida Tuskers (UFL). 2010: Head coach, Florida Tuskers. 2011-present: Offensive coordinator, Bengals.

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