The Cincinnati Bengals were able to escape with a big win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday afternoon, but it definitely wasn't easy, as the team needed quite a few big plays to come away with a 38-31 victory. For that, the experts at SB Nation's Bengals blog, Cincy Jungle, have decided that the Bengals' offensive coordinator deserves some recognition.
Jay Gruden was given top billing on Sunday evening when Cincy Jungle looked at exactly who deserved credit for the Bengals' big win. In fact, Josh Kirkendall even went as far as to say that it was the "Jay Gruden Game of the Year."
If we have to blanket coaches for their motivation and game plan, we're giving all of our attention to offensive coordinator Jay Gruden. Gruden called multiple wildcat-like formations, both of which resulted in touchdowns. Mohamed Sanu threw a 73-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage (more on that in a minute) and BenJarvus Green-Ellis took a direct snap in the second quarter, breaking into the end zone for a one-yard touchdown. During a 15-play possession in the second quarter, Bengals suddenly changed the pace of the drive, going from a methodical drive to a hurry-up no huddle offense that clearly put the Redskins on their heals. Unfortunately the drive stalled and ended without points following a fake field goal to Kevin Huber.
It's great that the coordinator is being given credit for his success on Sunday afternoon, but even better that the Bengals were able to execute on some of his more intriguing play calls.