Can Jay Gruden and Robert Griffin III Work Together?

Jay Gruden (Photo: Andrew Weber, USA TODAY Sports)
Jay Gruden (Photo: Andrew Weber, USA TODAY Sports)

It was an interestingly timed revelation from Jay Gruden.

On Tuesday, the former Bengals offensive coordinator went on a Cincinnati sports radio show to discuss the team’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 a Cincinnati Enquirer story several days earlier, where Bengals owner Mike Brown stated that he wanted to select Kaepernick, but that Gruden convinced him otherwise, noting that Dalton “fits what I want to do.” Head coach Marvin Lewis’ role in the decision wasn’t specified and the story ended up making both Gruden and Brown look bad after Dalton’s dud of a game (his third straight one in the playoffs) later that afternoon.

Gruden didn’t disagree with Brown’s recollection during the show, explaining that he felt Dalton was most ready to start as a rookie and that there were questions about Kaepernick’s passing accuracy.

Then there was this statement: “I also wasn’t really into the read-option stuff and it wasn’t really that popular at the time.”

Fast forward two days later.

Gruden is named the eighth head coach of the Washington Redskins in 14 years, where he’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.

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