Ravens OC Gary Kubiak is known for not taking as many deep shots. In the past four seasons, Baltimore ranked second in air yards per pass attempt, which reflects how far the ball travels past the line of scrimmage to its target on average. In Houston, Kubiak's offenses were 27th in that category during the same period. If this trend continues under Kubiak, the Ravens could look to getting the ball quicker to Torrey Smith.
The article discusses Smith's reputation as a "one-trick pony" and how Kubiak's arrival might impact how many deep balls he sees in 2014. Smith was the #16 WR through 13 weeks, but petered out down the stretch with just 11 catches (for 176 yards and no TDs) in his final four games. He still posted career highs in catches (65) and yards (1,128), while his touchdowns (4) were a career low. He should bounce back in that category under new OC Gary Kubiak. The return of TE Dennis Pitta should also help loosen up the coverage, though Pitta’s return coincided with Smith’s swoon at the end of the season.