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James Urban
Wide Receivers
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James Urban returns in 2013 for his third season as Bengals wide receivers coach. His group has helped lead the Bengals to the playoffs in each of the last two seasons, and he has had success not only in nurturing the considerable talent of A.J. Green, but also in getting quality play from receivers who were previously unproven.
James Urban returns in 2013 for his third season as Bengals wide receivers coach. His group has helped lead the Bengals to the playoffs in each of the last two seasons, and he has had success not only in nurturing the considerable talent of A.J. Green, but also in getting quality play from receivers who were previously unproven.

Green, Cincinnati's top draft pick in 2011, continued pouring on the honors in 2012. He was voted as a starter on the AFC Pro Bowl team (his second straight Pro Bowl nod), and he was the top AFC vote-getter for the elite Associated Press All-Pro team, earning a second-team berth as his total trailed only Detroit’s Calvin Johnson and Chicago’s Brandon Marshall.

Green finished tied for second in the AFC with 11 TD catches, and he scored at least one receiving TD in nine straight games (Games 2-10). It was a Bengals record for within one season, and marked only the second time in 48 years for an NFL receiver to score in nine straight games of a campaign.  

Green’s 162 receptions in his two years under Urban are second-most in NFL history for a player’s first two seasons trailing only Marques Colston of New Orleans (168). Green’s 2407 receiving yards rank sixth among players for their first two seasons.

Just as importantly to the Bengals playoff run last season, Urban developed a group of lesser-known players who prevented defenses from always blanketing Green. Third-round draft pick Mohamed Sanu and fifth-rounder Marvin Jones both had highly-promising rookie seasons. Each saw his overall production held back by missed time due to injuries, but they are seen as major cogs in the receiving game for ’13. Also last season under Urban, Andrew Hawkins, a Bengals 2011 waiver acquisition, caught 51 passes for 533 yards and four TDs as the No. 1 slot receiver.

In 2011, Urban was charged with leading an inexperienced Bengals receiving corps into a new offensive scheme. The presence of a rookie quarterback (Andy Dalton) and limited preparation time (due to NFL labor issues) increased the challenge. But the results were more than favorable, as the young receivers immediately developed a rapport with Dalton and saw continued production throughout the season and into the playoffs.

Prior to joining the Bengals, Urban was Philadelphia Eagles QBs coach in 2009 and ’10, where he helped direct Pro Bowl seasons for Donovan McNabb (2009) and Michael Vick (‘10). In 2010, Vick earned accolades as the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year and was the NFC starter in the Pro Bowl.

Urban spent seven total seasons with the Eagles (2004-10). He was assistant to the head coach from 2004-06 and was offensive quality control coach in 2007 and ’08. During his seven Philadelphia seasons, the Eagles earned five playoff berths and won three division titles. He first worked with the Eagles in 2003, serving as a coaching intern while employed full-time at the University of Pennsylvania.

A native of Mechanicsburg, Pa., Urban played in college at Washington and Lee (Lexington, Va.) as a wide receiver and kick returner. He worked for seven years in the college ranks—at Clarion (Pa.) University and at Penn—before joining the Eagles.

James and his wife, Patrice, have two daughters, Brielle and Cassidy, and a son, Jameson. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Washington and Lee and a master’s degree in communications from Clarion.

PLAYING AND COACHING HISTORY — 1992-95: Played WR at Washington & Lee. 1997-98: Assistant coach (AC), Clarion. 1999-2003: Director of football administration/operations, Pennsylvania. 2004-10: AC, Philadelphia Eagles. 2011-present: AC, Bengals.

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