The Detroit Lions have started their offensive coordinator search with Baltimore Ravens quarterback coach James Urban. A name that came out of left-field, with no apparent connections to newly hired head coach, Dan Campbell.
However, I put on my detective hat to see if it were true. After some time of valiant research, there appears to be no direct connection between the two. Although, there is a strong possibility that Urban’s name came from a recommendation.
Three potential scenarios, first, Campbell reached out to Jeff Nixon, current Carolina Panthers running backs coach for the offensive coordinator opening. If Nixon wasn’t interested, he could’ve recommended Urban. Both of them served on Kansas City Chiefs’ head coach Andy Reid’s offensive staff with the Philadelphia Eagles from 2007-2010.
The second? Which would be the most obvious, Detroit got his name from former Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis when he interviewed for their head coach opening. Lewis kept Urban on his staff for over six years as a wide receivers coach.
Lastly, general manager Brad Holmes might have gotten Urban’s name from former Los Angeles Rams’ head coach, Steve Spagnuolo. Spagnuolo also served on Reid’s staff with the Eagles before landing the Rams job.
There appear to be many deep-rooted connections with James Urban and the Lions’ new regime, just not directly.