Over the weekend, Bengals wide receivers coach Mike Sheppard left Cincinnati to take a job with Jacksonville as the Jaguar's quarterbacks coach. Naturally the Bengals are now left with searching for another coach to head up the team's wide receivers. A guy, hopefully, that can maintain Chad Ochocinco (if he's here) and continue developing younger wide receivers like Jerome Simpson, Andre Caldwell and Jordan Shipley.
According to the Mothership, the Bengals are now conducting a search that appears likely to "come from outside the organization and probably someone familiar with Gruden and his scheme." Bengals.com beat writer Geoff Hobson speculates that David Lippincott, we assume to be the son of the team's Personnel Director Jim, "could be an option."
However, Hobson makes a convincing case that the team could take a serious look at Redskins assistant coach, Sean McVay.
One name to keep in mind is Redskins offensive quality control coach Sean McVay. McVay worked under Gruden in the UFL for Florida and Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett gave him a glowing report last week as "a brilliant young coach on the fast track," while talking about Gruden's hire. Haslett took McVay to Washington last season when he went to the Redskins and was replaced as Florida head coach by Gruden.
McVay broke into the NFL on Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden's last staff in 2008, where he worked with Jay Gruden. When both went to the UFL in 2009, McVay coached tight ends and Jay Gruden was the offensive coordinator for that undefeated Florida club.
McVay also has local ties. He played wide receiver at Miami of Ohio from 2004-07 and in his last season was named Miami’s Scholar-Athlete.