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Bengals take Eagles QB coach for their WR coach

Posted on: February 21, 2011 3:19 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The offensive make-over continues in Cincinnati.

A few weeks after releasing former offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski and replacing him with Jay Gruden, the Bengals have hired Eagles QB coach James Urban as the team’s WR coach, which had been vacated by Mike Sheppard (who went to Jacksonville to be the Jaguars QB coach).*

*Does all of that make sense?

Urban had been in Philadelphia the past seven years, and he got much of the credit for Michael Vick’s resurgence this year.

“I am very excited to be able to bring Jim to Cincinnati to work with our receivers,” said head coach Marvin Lewis in a statement. “He brings us a wealth of knowledge in an offensive system very similar to what (new offensive coordinator) Jay Gruden is installing for us. This is a very good fit for our team.”

The move makes sense. Since Gruden plans to install a West Coast attack for the Bengals – and get away from Bratkowski’s vertical attack – it seems like a good idea to bring in a coach like Urban, who has spent so much time in Andy Reid’s system.

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Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2011 12:10 am

Bengals take Eagles QB coach for their WR coach

Maybe, just maybe Marvin Lewis has been able to get some coaches he wants in Cincinnati.

This move does make some sense and it should help out with Jay Gruden's West Coast Offense.

I am actually all for a West Coast style for the Bengals. Bob Bratkowski's offense was stale to say the least. A Verticle Passing game that needed time to "develope" is the LAST thing you need when you face EXTREMELY good defenses like the Steelers and Ravens twice a year.

I am still looking to see what happens but maybe just maybe this is a step in the right direction.

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