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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