Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden confirmed that he’s been receiving a lot of interest from NFL teams that are looking for a head coach.
Gruden did say he intends on staying in Cincy.
“I got called to interview for these jobs. I figure I better say yes or they’ll quit asking me,” said Gruden, who turned down interview requests last year before signing a three-year extension with the Bengals.
“I think it will be a great experience and it’s exciting. I have every intention of coming back here. We’ve got a great group of guys here. We’re excited for the future here.”
Gruden still sounds like he wants a shot at being a head coach.
“I also know in this business your welcome mat doesn’t last forever and I’m sure mine has probably been kicked off the doorstep. People probably want me out of here right now,” Gruden said after his unit finished two slots lower than last year at No. 22. “That’s just the way it is in this business.
“When you enter the coaching profession you necessarily don’t do it to be an assistant your whole life. Eventually you’d like to be top dog and run your own ship. When the time’s right. Every team has their issues and their problems. That’s why they’re looking. Eventually when the time is right, hopefully I’ll get a chance. If not this year, or next year, or the year after. I’ll be happy here because it’s a great place.”