Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak has said his new job has been like making a fresh start in coaching. It will certainly be a fresh start for the Ravens’ offense, which struggled in 2013.
So how different will the Ravens’ offense be under Kubiak? Here are three trends that have stayed with Kubiak from his days as coordinator with the Broncos and Texans, and as the Texans’ head coach.
1. Frequent throwing to tight ends – Owen Daniels, who the Texans signed in free agency, had big seasons with Kubiak, as did former Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe. Daniels’ best season was 2011 (70 catches, 862 yards, two TD’s), while Sharpe had two 1,000-yard seasons with the Broncos while Kubiak was the coordinator. That’s good news for Daniels and Dennis Pitta. They should have plenty of opportunities.
2. Play-action passes: Joe Flacco has been effective as a play-action passer, and Kubiak will use that look. Of course, the play-action stands a better chance to be effective if the running game becomes more of a threat.
3. More stretch zone running: While the Ravens still want their offensive lineman to be physical, they will be more combination blocking, and the backs may have more freedom pick their holes. Arian Foster found Kubiak’s scheme to his liking in Houston. The Ravens hope Kubiak can help rejuvenate Ray Rice.