October 20, 2014

Could New Hire Help Cam Newton?

According to multiple sources, the Bengals have hired Eagles QB coach James Urban to replace the departed Mike Sheppard as the Bengals receivers coach.  Joe Reedy’s article is here.  Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com is also reporting the hiring.  Urban, who was recently appointed the Eagles assistant offensive coordinator, appears to be a great fit for the new offensive scheme that Jay Gruden employs.  Another interesting facet of this hire is that Urban has been working closely with Michael Vick for the past two years, which may translate into an expanded role with the Bengals should they draft Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton as Carson Palmer’s replacement in waiting.  Vick had a career year in 2010, passing for 3018 yards and 21 touchdowns while adding another 9 rushing touchdowns against just 6 interceptions.  Urban’s role in Vick success could help the Bengals down the road should they opt to draft Newton.  Newton passed for 2854 yards and 30 TDs to go with 1473 rushing yards and an additional 20 rushing touchdowns.  In addition to the Heisman Trophy, Newton also guided his team to an undefeated season and the BCS National Championship as his Auburn Tigers defeated the Oregon Ducks.  While some teams may shy away from Newton due to off the field issues, he is exactly the kind of player the Bengals tend to pick.  Various mock drafts have him going anywhere from pick 3 (Buffalo) to the middle of the first round.  Should the Bengals draft Newton, the Urban hiring should help with his development thanks to his experience working with Vick.