Another season of Bengals Line is complete and I can't thank everyone enough for making it a great 18 weeks. Thanks to Jim, Paul and the entire staff at the Holy Grail. They are top notch and took care of us in first class fashion. Thanks to the loyal Bengals fans that joined us week after week, through the wins and the losses. I'd walk in around 4:45 each week and the front rows would always be filled with the same faces that have become friends over the years. Thanks to the Bengals organization for their help and support each week.
Thanks to the 36 players and coaches that joined us during the year, 33 players, along with three coaches. Thanks to on-site engineer Mike Mills and our producers back at the station. Looking forward to next season already.
Podcast of Jay Gruden and Mike Zimmer below:
*Jay confirmed he has three interviews: Minnesota, Tennessee, Washington.
*Jay says he'd like Andy to light a fire under guys, "kick em in the rear, I can't be the bad guy all the time. That might not be in Andy's makeup, but he needs to work on it...not just him, it needs to come from our skill guys."
*Jay on drafting QB: If you find a young QB you like, you've got get 'em in this league. I think you do draft one. *Jay: if I had it to do over again, I'd run more power O and try to blow them off the ball more.
*Jay on going away from run: sometimes I give other D coordinator too much credit, thinking this can't keep working, can it?
*I asked Jay what he says to those think Andy can't get job done: "who do they want?, Aaron Rodgers isn't coming here in a trade. People need to appreciate what he has done and will do.
*Jay says their 3 QB on draft board were: Dalton, Mallett, Colin K. Thought Dalton was most ready to start Day 1..."we didn't even have another QB on our roster at that point."
*Mike confirmed he has more than one interview.
*Zimmer: If I leave, I hope I leave this situation better than when I got here. If I stay, I hope to make it even better.
*Zimmer told Burfict: if you continue to do the right things and eliminate the stupid things, you can be a HOF LB
*Zimmer got text from Nelson last night saying he was sorry he didn't play better yesterday.
*Zimmer says Peko walked in office today and said he loved him and appreciates playing for him.
*Lap says could see Mike/Katie asking Mike Zimmer to hang tight for year see what happens in Marvin's final year. Lap said Marvin's not moving upstairs, "those are family jobs."
*Lap says if Zimmer gets HC job, thinks he takes Hue as OC, Guenther as DC, maybe Michael Johnson and A. Collins
*Emotional Lap thanks Zimmer and wishes him best, says 1 of 3 best coaches ever been around…Paul Brown, Forrest Gregg and Mike Zimmer.