Tuesday, February 22, 2011

More job security for Urban ... with the Bengals

Last week James Urban was comfortable raising his family in Drexel Hill and working for the Eagles after being promoted to assistant offensive coordinator.

This week Urban felt there was more job security with the Cincinnati Bengals, of all teams.

Urban, 37, joined the Bengals as their wide receivers coach after Mike Shepherd was all but run out of town following a year working with divas Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens that could turn into an interesting read.

Urban could not immediately be reached for comment. Enquirer.com reported that Urban's experience in the West Coast Offense was a factor in the hiring, as Jay Gruden, the new offensive coordinator, runs a variation of the scheme favored by his brother Jon Gruden, the former NFL head coach.

"This is a wonderful opportunity coming to work with (head coach Marvin) Lewis," Urban said. "It allows me to continue to expand my knowledge base and work in a different organization and contribute to what we’re doing. There are some similarities in the verbiage and the concepts and some familiarity there. I’ve heard great things about Jay and am excited about working with him.”

Bengals fans haven't gotten over the departure of wide receivers coach Hue Jackson, who developed Ochocinco (when he was Chad Johnson) and T.J. Houshmandzadeh into elite talents. Ochocinco likely will return for the 2011 season; Owens will be looking for work.


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