To the true die hard Philadelphia Eagles fans, otherwise known as the men and women who eat this stuff up for breakfast, you can look at the picture and know exactly who it is.
To the fans of the team who love them, but don't exactly get that much into it, you might not know who it is. I'll inform you.
His name is James Urban and he is the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback coach. If you think this guy wouldn't be under a tremendous amount of pressure if starting QB Donovan McNabb gets traded--you better think again.
He's been with the organizaton since 2004 as Offensive Asst/Quality Control from 2007-08 and the Assistant to Head Coach Andy Reid from 2004-06. In 2009 he became the quarterback coach so in a sense it almost as if he too was a rookie.
If Donovan starts the 2010 season for a different team, Urban should feel like all eyes are on him and QB Kevin Kolb.
In his first year ever as a quarterback coach Urban did a fine job. Donovan had another career year and the teams' skill players were clicking for the most part.
So why am I saying he could feel a little pressure?
I think it has alot to do with the fact that he had a star QB in Donovan who is a fan favorite on the team. He's a QB who holds many of the teams records, and earned yet another Pro Bowl apprearence in 2009. Maybe it was the combination of Donovans' skill set and Urban being a good coach. There's just isn't any history to base anything on other than 2009.
Do I think he would be the QB coach of a team like the Eagles if he wasn't a good coach? No. However, you do have to question how he will respond if he doesn't have a proven quarterback like McNabb.
He did well enough to have Kevin Kolb become the first QB in NFL history to have 300 yards or more passing his his first two starts. Kolb was a pretty accurate QB when he was drafted though.
What I'm getting at is with the small glimpses we've seen of his short work with Kolb it looks as if he's getting the job done. Urban needs to focus on the amount of interceptions Kolb throws but for the most part he had a passing grade in 2009. It will be beneficial for Urban to have another year with Kolb, but if Kolb does start this year it will be interesting what strides Kevin takes in 2010.
For now, we all are waiting to see how the rumors about Donovan McNabb play out. I'm trying to think outside of the box here and think of everyone possible who could be affected/benefited by a McNabb trade!
Carry on Philadelphia faithful, our ears are perked waiting just like you!
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