1. Kyle Pitts
Let’s be clear here that much of the blame for how Kyle Pitts’ 2022 season went (aside from the unfortunate injury) belongs squarely on Arthur Smith and Marcus Mariota. First, let’s focus on Mariota who would often simply stare the coverage to his receivers until they were no longer covered or forcing throws that were often high. Pitts ran what limited routes he was given at a high level but at some point when the offense is predictable Pitts stopped demanding the respect in the passing game he deserves to be given leading us to Arthur Smith.
Does Arthur Smith know how insanely talented Kyle Pitts is as a pass catcher? Pitts was used more as a blocker and as a decoy than the actual elite weapon he is. One can only hope that Desmond Ridder realizes just how great Pitts is and forces the offense to feature Kyle in the way other team in the league would.
Smith is a good head coach and has given reason to believe he is turning this team around. However, for those who want to be critical of Smith, his usage of Pitts and lack of ability to utilize him properly is an obvious issue and must change in year three.