The Bengals officially hired quarterbacks coach Dan Pitcher to be their next offensive coordinator after Brian Callahan was named the Tennessee Titans’ new head coach. How does QB Joe Burrow feel about his new OC?
“Our relationship is as good as it gets,” Burrow said. “I wouldn’t be the player I am today without him. He’s been preparing for this for years. He takes his job very seriously and does it with a lot of passion.”
Pitcher has been coaching in Cincinnati since 2016 as an offensive assistant (2016-18), assistant quarterbacks coach (2019) and quarterbacks coach (2020-23). The 37-year-old does have big shoes to fill, however. Callahan helped lead the Bengals to back-to-back AFC title games and a Super Bowl appearance during his time.
But Pitcher has shown promise as he changes roles. He played a large part in backup QB Jake Browning’s 2023 season after Burrow suffered a season-ending wrist injury in Week 11.
Zac Taylor gave Dan Pitcher a ton of credit for getting Jake Browning ready to start after Joe Burrow’s injury.
— James Rapien (@JamesRapien) January 25, 2024
“My eyes are looking at Joe Burrow the whole time as I’m communicating,” HC Zac Taylor told reporters. “It’s Pitch’s job as the QBs coach, and he’s done an outstanding job of this, to prepare those other guys for their opportunities.” Browning threw for 1,936 yards and 12 touchdowns in the final nine games of the season.
It was by far the most impressive showing by the 27-year-old in his career and he had Cincinnati competing for a spot in the playoffs up until the team’s loss to the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs in Week 17.
But Pitcher will now switch his focus from Browning to Burrow. And it seems the two already have a great foundation, which should result in a smooth transition. “Not only is he an elite player, he’s a special person and they don’t make many like him,” Pitcher said.