Many signs point to the Redskins promoting from within for their vacant offensive coordinator position, but if they look outside the organization, Bengals WR coach James Urban could be worth watching.
Urban arrived in Cincinnati in 2011, the same year Jay Gruden took over as Bengals offensive coordinator. Urban coaches receivers, and arguably his biggest task was the development of then rookie wideout A.J. Green.
In the six seasons since Urban and Green paired up, the results are outstanding. Green is one of the best receivers in football with more than 7,000 receiving yards and 49 touchdowns in 86 games. Along the way, Cincinnati has developed plenty of other contributing receivers, players like Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu.
In 2016, Bengals.com named Urban their assistant coach of the year, pointing out Green was on his way to a career best season before injuries limited him to 10 games.
It looks like with Sean McVay's departure to the Rams, Gruden will take back over play calling duties for the Redskins. So, should he go outside the organization for an offensive coordinator, what might be one area of great concern?
The development of 2016 first-round pick Josh Doctson.
Achilles pain limited Doctson to just two games in 2016, a largely lost season for the rookie. But as Washington prepares for a 2017 season possibly without DeSean Jackson or Pierre Garçon, the team will need a lot more from Doctson.
Urban has a strong track record of getting the best from his wideouts, and that type of attention could be a big boost not only for Doctson, but also young players like Jamison Crowder, Maurice Harris and Ryan Grant.
Prior to joining the Bengals, Urban worked with the Eagles beginning in 2004 as an assistant to the head coach. In 2009, he was named quarterbacks coach, and that year Donovan McNabb made the Pro Bowl. In 2010, working with Urban, Michael Vick made the Pro Bowl.
Last week, Cincinnati did not allow the Redskins to interview defensive coordinator Paul Guenther for their vacant defensive opening, as that would be a lateral move. With Urban, that could be different, as the Bengals coach could potentially go from a position coach to offensive coordinator.
Urban played wide receiver in college at Washington and Lee in Lexington, Va from 1992 to 1995.
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