Last week, the Bengals abruptly fired offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski and hired Jay Gruden. To date, Gruden has not yet spoken with the man who’ll be the centerpiece of the team’s offense.
Unless he gets his wish to be traded.
According to the Associated Press, Gruden said Monday that he won’t try to contract quarterback Carson Palmer until Palmer’s status for 2011 has been resolved.
“Things were said before I got here, and I think they’ve got to take care of those things in-house first,” Gruden said. “Then if they need me, I’ll be glad to talk to him and do what I need to do to try to get him back. But I think that’s got to come from upstairs, that’s got to come from the head coach.”
Gruden assumes that, eventually, things will indeed be resolved.
“Until I hear something different, we’re going to go forward with him as our quarterback,” Gruden said. “That’s the only approach I can take right now. Whether it’s right or wrong, I do not know. But that’s the way I’m going about things.”
If it’s not Palmer, then the only options currently on the roster are his brother, Jordan, and Dan LeFevour.