Can Jay Gruden and Robert Griffin III Work Together?
It was an interestingly timed revelation from Jay Gruden.
On Tuesday, the former Bengals offensive coordinatorÂ went on a Cincinnati sports radio showÂ to discuss the teamâ€™s wild-card loss to San Diego as well as the 2011 NFL draft, where the Bengals drafted Andy Dalton over Colin Kaepernick, who went to the 49ers one pick later in the second round.
Much of the discussion stemmed from aÂ Cincinnati EnquirerÂ storyÂ several days earlier, where Bengals owner Mike Brown stated that he wanted to select Kaepernick, but that Gruden convinced him otherwise, noting that Dalton â€śfits what I want to do.â€ť Head coach Marvin Lewisâ€™ role in the decision wasnâ€™t specified and the story ended up making both Gruden and Brown look bad after Daltonâ€™s dud of a game (his third straight one in the playoffs) later that afternoon.
Gruden didnâ€™t disagree with Brownâ€™s recollection during the show, explaining that he felt Dalton was most ready to start as a rookie and that there were questions about Kaepernickâ€™s passing accuracy.
Then there was this statement: â€śI also wasnâ€™t really into the read-option stuff and it wasnâ€™t really that popular at the time.â€ť
Fast forward two days later.
Gruden isÂ named the eighth head coach of the Washington Redskins in 14 years, where heâ€™ll be tasked with getting Robert Griffin III back into the eye-popping form of his rookie season or better. The primary scheme RG3 ran that season? The read-option.
SOURCE:Â Â CHRIS STRAUSS
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