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James Urban: A name to consider should Redskins look outside for offensive coordinator

James Urban: A name to consider should Redskins look outside for offensive coordinator

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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SEE IT: Antonio Gandy-Golden makes incredible one-handed catch on pass from Dwayne Haskins

SEE IT: Antonio Gandy-Golden makes incredible one-handed catch on pass from Dwayne Haskins

Dwayne Haskins has spent the offseason working on his craft with so many wide receivers it's hard to keep track of all the names. Antonio Brown, Jerry Jeudy, Chad Johnson and Terry McLaurin are just some of the names he's connected with as he prepares for Year 2 in the league. 

One player he hadn't worked with yet was Washington's fourth-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, Antonio-Gandy Golden. That is until now.

Videos have circulated on social media of Gandy-Golden joining Haskins for the latest round of training, and the two look like they already have some strong chemistry.

As good as that looks, you may be thinking "okay, but let's see how they look when there are defenders involved." Well, this is what happened when Haskins worked with Gandy-Golden in coverage. Hint: it's even better than the first clip.

Note: There is profanity in the video.

That's right, just your casual one-handed grab, no big deal. A replica of that in the end zone during Sundays this season is something Washington fans -- and Ron Rivera -- would love to see.

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When it comes to the receiving core in Washington, Terry McLaurin has established himself as the clear-cut first option. But besides that, Haskins is still in search of consistent targets. Gandy-Golden is young and will need to adjust to the defense and route-running at the professional level, but there's no reason he can't eventually assert himself as a main target.

The more he and Haskins can work together to build a sense of familiarity, and the more insane catches he can make, the brighter the future will be in Washington. 

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SEE IT: Dwayne Haskins is in favor of these Washington Red Wolves jerseys

SEE IT: Dwayne Haskins is in favor of these Washington Red Wolves jerseys

The Washington Football to Red Wolves transition has gained an unreal amount of support -- and not just via social media, but nationwide. 

It now seems as though the concept has another supporter, specifically of this particular style and color scheme, QB Dwayne Haskins.

Take a look.

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If you look closely in the comments you'll see the 23-year-old chime in with his thoughts. 

"Not gone hold you. I can fw this," Haskins said. 

In this setting, it is used as a term of favoritism for said post.

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Moving past the QBs comments, the concept is extremely clean, maintains the Burgandy and Gold color scheme that so many fans yearn to maintain, and keeps the #HTTR hashtag intact (sort of). 

While none of us actually know what the name may be, we do know which name some key players on the roster favor.

Just saying. 

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