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Coaches James Urban, Bobby Engram Pass on Eagles to Stay With Ravens

Quarterback coach James Urban greets quarterback Lamar Jackson as he comes off the field
Quarterback coach James Urban greets quarterback Lamar Jackson as he comes off the field

The good news since the Ravens' early playoff exit has been that their coaches are staying put.

Quarterbacks Coach James Urban and Tight Ends Coach Bobby Engram have both declined to move forward with job opportunities with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Philadelphia interviewed Urban for their offensive coordinator opening and Engram talked to the Eagles about joining as a wide receivers coach. Head Coach John Harbaugh granted both interview requests.

"Both of those guys pulled out just in the last 24 or so hours and said they weren't interested," Harbaugh said.

"It looks like our staff is going to stay together. Not saying anything couldn't happen. There's always things brewing for a certain period of time."

Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman didn't get the head coaching job with the Cleveland Browns. Defensive Coordinator Wink Martindale didn't land with the New York Giants.

Any of those coaches leaving would have been a tough blow for Baltimore, which had the NFL's top-scoring and record-breaking offense and a defense that took heavy offseason losses and improved dramatically to finish No. 4 in the NFL.

Urban has worked with Jackson since he came into the league and was a major reason for his huge Year 2 jump, which will result in Jackson being named the MVP. Urban honed in on Jackson's mechanics, among many other facets of his game, to help make him a better passer.

Jackson's completion percentage improved by nearly eight percent (66.1), he threw for 3,127 yards, led the league with 36 touchdown passes, and tossed just six interceptions. Jackson's quarterback rating went from 84.5 his rookie year to 113.3.

Breaking up that chemistry would have been tough for the young quarterback, but now the 23-year-old mega-talent can continue to grow with stability around him in terms of scheme, weapons and individual coaching.

Plus, it's just a boon for Baltimore to keep such a talented coach. Urban, 46, coached with the Eagles from 2004-2010, and helped other dual-threat quarterbacks such as Michael Vick and Donovan McNabb.

Urban passed up an opportunity to go back to his coaching roots and work with Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson, who would have still been heavily involved in controlling the offense.

Engram, a former 15-year NFL wide receiver, has been with the Ravens since 2014 with his first five years as the wide receivers coach. Last year, he switched to tight ends, and helped Baltimore's trio (plus Patrick Ricard) become one of the most fearsome tight end groups in the league.

Engram's coaching, particularly in terms of being a pass-catcher, helped Mark Andrews have a Pro Bowl year and lead Baltimore in receiving. Hayden Hurst also made great strides in his second year and is primed for an even bigger Year 3.

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