The Baltimore Ravens have hired James Urban as their new quarterbacks coach.
Ravens announce that they've hired James Urban as quarterbacks coach. They initially had OC Marty Mornhinweg also working in that role.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) January 5, 2018
Urban was the wide receivers coach for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2011-2017.
Urban was the Bengals wide receivers coach from 2011 to this past year. Was also with the Eagles from 2004 to 2010. Got to know Harbaugh and Mornhinweg during that time.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) January 5, 2018
He was actually the wide receivers coach for the Bengals the last seven years, but the QBs coach in Philly while working with Harbs and Marty. Coached McNabb and Vick when they both went to Pro Bowl. https://t.co/5DDBPt86DK— Sarah Ellison (@sgellison) January 5, 2018
This appears to be a great hire for the Ravens. Joe Flacco is constantly criticized for his mechanics and footwork. Baltimore has been without a dedicated quarterbacks coach since Marty Mornhinweg was promoted to offensive coordinator in the midst of the 2016 season. Hopefully, Urban will help to crack down on the basics of Flacco’s game and really drill it into his head.
The Ravens absolutely need to upgrade offensively, and this is the first of many steps I’m sure they will take before the start of the 2018 regular season.