NFL coaches not talking about Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron at the combine

McCarron, who won his grievance against the Bengals to become an unrestricted free agent is still a Bengal until the new league year begins at 4 p.m. on March 14. So until then, mum’s the word.

Any public comments about a player currently on another team could be considered tampering.

“Yeah, I don’t want to comment on that at this point,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said.

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But both Jackson and Joseph – former Cincinnati Bengals Jersey Bengals assistants who saw McCarron up close during his starts in 2015 – did discuss what they would look for in a free agent quarterback that only has a handful of starts on film.

“You look at the system, you look where they come from, who do they play for,” said Jackson, who was the Bengals’ offensive coordinator for McCarron’s first two seasons in Cincinnati. “I think there’s a lot of different, other variables that you can look at, and then obviously it’s projecting. Can a guy come in and play for you and do the things that you need him to do to help you win? I think you have to go through all of those different scenarios and play them all out to see what fits for you.”

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Joseph submitted a similar thought.

“It’s about fit,” he said. “You have to find a guy that fits your football profile. It’s not about the numbers or the names. It’s about the perfect fit. The best teams win. You have to have a guy that fits your football mindset. In Denver, we want to play great defense all the time and run the football. Who fits that formula for us? I’m not sure yet. It’s all about fit.”

The one person allowed to speak freely about McCarron was Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin.

All Tobin would allow on the independent arbitrator’s decision on McCarron’s free agent status was that it was a disappointment to the club, but said he believes the 27-year-old can be a starter in the league.

“I do,” he said. “Being around him, his mental makeup is what you want, his competitiveness is what you want. Only time will tell. With quarterbacks, it’s situation, opportunity, what’s around him, what you ask him to do. So I think any quarterback needs all of that to align to be ultimately successful. But we’ve got a lot of belief in AJ McCarron. That’s what I’ve said for the years he’s been with us. And we still believe that.”

Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther checks his playcard during the third quarter of the NFL Week 17 game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. At halftime the Bengals led 17-10. (Photo: Sam Greene)

Jon Gruden drew one of the bigger Cheap Jerseys media contingents during his turn at the podium Wednesday, the first time he’s had to attend the event in a coaching capacity in a decade.

The new Oakland Raiders head coach was asked about adding Paul Guenther to his staff as defensive coordinator this season.

Guenther had served in that capacity for the Bengals from 2014-17.

“It goes back from my days visiting Jay (Gruden) in Cincinnati, getting to know that coaching staff. (Mike) Zimmer was the defensive coordinator, Guenther was the linebacker coach,” Jon Gruden said. “I thought that was an excellent staff that Marvin Lewis had and every time I had the Bengals on Monday Night Football, I was always impressed with the way he coached, on the field, taking advantage of the time in pre-practice, post-practice, and what he got done with Vontaze Burfict, Vinny Rey, very impressive. We’re excited to have him.”