Gary Kubiak's offense could be perfect fit for Dennis Pitta
By By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun|
Jan 28, 2014 | 7:31 AM
The arrival of new Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak could provide a boost to the production of tight end Dennis Pitta.
Kubiak's offensive game plans over the years with the Houston Texans -- and previously with the Denver Broncos -- have been friendly toward athletic tight ends like Pitta.
Two seasons ago, Texans tight ends and H-backs combined for 124 receptions for 1,309 yards and 12 touchdowns. That year, the Texans' Owen Daniels caught 62 passes for 716 yards and a career-high six touchdowns.
In 2011, Daniels, Joel Dreessen, James Casey and Garrett Graham combined for 101 catches for 1,314 yards and 10 touchdowns. And Daniels caught 70 passes for 862 yards in 2008, the first of his two Pro Bowl selections.
Pitta will have a new position coach in Brian Pariani, according to two sources. Pariani, who will replace longtime Ravens tight ends coach Wade Harman, coached Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe while with the Broncos.
Kubiak looks forward to coaching Pitta, a pending unrestricted free agent.
Pitta has 122 career receptions, 1,244 yards and 11 touchdowns in four seasons. He is now fully healthy after being limited to four games and 20 catches for 169 yards and one touchdown last season after recovering from a fractured, dislocated right hip.
"I remember studying Dennis, and I'm very impressed with him as a player," Kubiak said. "I know he went through a tough year this year with getting injured, but that position has always been a big part of our offense. I'm sure it won't be any different."