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UPDATE: Jay Gruden Interviews With Titans

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UPDATE: The Tennessee Titans confirm they have conducted an official interview with Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden on Tuesday. The news comes just a day after the team requested permission to interview him. 


NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- Bengals Offensive Coordinator Jay Gruden is expected to be among the top candidates for several teams with a head coaching vacancy. 


Head coach Marvin Lewis has encountered his share of ups and downs with the Bengals since taking over the team in 2003. In the eight years before hiring Jay Gruden, the team posted double-digit wins twice. These are teams which had a young Carson Palmer at the helm most of those years and boasted the tandem of Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmanzadeh out wide. 


Since hiring Jay Gruden in 2011, the Bengals have never won fewer than nine games and have posted two double-digit win seasons in those three years. Andy Dalton has progressed each year under Gruden, posting a career-high 33 touchdowns and 4,293 yards this season. Each are totals Palmer has never amassed in a season throughout his complete 10 year career. 


Jay Gruden should be at the top of the list for every team which has a young quarterback who needs developing or could be in a position to draft a young quarterback. Andy Dalton is not considered a stellar talent. He is a pocket passer who has worked in front of an average running game and just one elite wideout since being drafted. Yet the Bengals have reached the playoffs in each of Gruden's three seasons calling plays. While defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer has also been a big part of their success (and will be highly sought after too), Gruden's ability to do more with less has been proven. 


The Buccaneers and Texans each have their coaches, leaving the Redskins, Browns, Titans and Lions as potential landing spots for Gruden. Washington is a great fit because of RGIII, the Lions because of Matt Stafford and the Browns will take too much work for any candidate to be wooed coming there. The Tennessee Titans fall somewhere in-between. The situation there is not as dire as Cleveland or Washington, but its not as appealing as Detroit. 


No team needs Gruden's magic more than the Titans. 


RGIII and Matt Stafford have proven they have the tools needed for success. The Titans have Jake Locker, who progressed this season but still seems unable to unlock his full-potential, or stay healthy (Dalton has played every game in three seasons). The Titans are also looking at the prospect of drafting a quarterback somewhere between the 10th-14th pick of this year's draft. For a team which hasn't had a quarterback pass for over 4,000 yards since they were named the Houston Oilers (1993-Warren Moon), Gruden serves as the perfect candidate to finally turn the Titans' quarterback woes around. 


The Titans might not be the flashiest choice for Gruden, but CEO Tommy Smith could give him an offer he can't refuse. With the firing of Mike Munchak, Smith has made it clearly aware he is his own man and the Bud Adams era is over. A new era is starting in Nashville, one which would benefit if Jay Gruden is calling the plays. 


-Adrian Mojica (@FFFDaily)




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