Gary Kubiak and his son get jobs on Vikings staff

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After the Broncos passed over Gary Kubiak, the Vikings are hiring him.

Kubiak will join the Vikings’ coaching staff, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. It is unclear what Kubiak’s title will be on a staff where Kevin Stefanski will be the offensive coordinator.

As is so often the case in football coaching, hiring the coach will also include hiring his son: Klint Kubiak will become the Vikings’ quarterbacks coach.

Gary Kubiak stepped down as Broncos head coach two years ago, citing health concerns, but there were reports that he could come back as offensive coordinator this year under new head coach Vic Fangio. When that didn’t work out, Kubiak began looking for work elsewhere, and he found a landing spot on a team that is looking to beef up its offense after a disappointing 2018 season.

61 responses to “Gary Kubiak and his son get jobs on Vikings staff

  1. Zimmer clearly showing that he is not fearful of losing his job (as some have claimed).

    He’s trying to get good people under contract to help improve the overall performance of the team.

  2. Really odd that the Broncos couldn’t get Vic and Gary on the same page. I’m not sure how a difference in philosophy could be such a deal breaker. Quite odd IMHO.

  3. Ah, I get it — He doesn’t want the stress level of a coordinator due to health reasons and wants to work with his kid, Denver didn’t want his kid, and the Vikes hire his kid as a QB coach with dad looking over his shoulder so he keeps the crayon drawing between the lines. This homer fan can live with that, although I’m more concerned with the offensive line coach.

  4. I didn’t understand what was going on in Denver when he left due to “differences in philosophy about staffing”. Ha! Vic wasn’t interested in engaging in nepotism.

    Way to go Vic!

  5. gtodriver says:
    January 14, 2019 at 5:44 pm
    Zimmer clearly showing that he is not fearful of losing his job (as some have claimed).

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    Or Spielman isn’t scared of pushing Zim. Who knows who really hired Kubiak because Zim isn’t likely bringing on another 6 figure salary (and all it entails) without getting the ok from upstairs.

  6. Klint Kubiak worked as Vikings QB coach from 2012-2014 and is good freinds with Stefanski…there is already familiarity there so I don’t think he’s to worried about it…

  7. Kubiak is Keenums biggest backer and wanted him to be #1 QB in denver. Vic said nope so he gone… head to Minny where sloter is his back up and he has a chance to influence a good but not great QB on a team with a head coach that is willing to seek others opinions. Good hire.

  8. purpleguy says:
    January 14, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    Denver didn’t want his kid, and the Vikes hire his kid as a QB coach with dad looking over his shoulder so he keeps the crayon drawing between the lines. This homer fan can live with that
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    I think it shows that the Vikings are willing to go TOO far… to please someone they desire… happy… while sometimes it isn’t bad as others… but letting Favre dicate when he would get to show up they bring old teammates and players to his door. That was a bit much….

    Allowing Kubiak to make sure his kid gets to come with… if you’re ok with him doing as so be it… some teams may not like that is he willing to do whats best for the TEAM… or is what’s best for his kid more important??? that will be asked then again not the worse…

    Bending over backwards and giving a a fringe top 10 QB Cousins a nearly 90 million fully guranteed … is something the Vikings have all ready and will continue to regret.

  9. downtownswinga says:
    January 14, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    Klint Kubiak worked as Vikings QB coach from 2012-2014 and is good freinds with Stefanski…there is already familiarity there so I don’t think he’s to worried about it…
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    Actually, he was a quality control/assistant wide receivers coach for the Vikings from 2013 to 2014. I’m not sure if he really has the experience to be the quarterbacks coach but that’s what his dad is there for. The elder Kubiak will have some kind of special assistant title, meaning he’s there to help groom his son as a coach and Stefanski as an offensive coordinator. I just hope Stefanski is completely on board with all of this, because it could be great if he is and disastrous if he isn’t.

  10. “Really odd that the Broncos couldn’t get Vic and Gary on the same page. I’m not sure how a difference in philosophy could be such a deal breaker. Quite odd IMHO.”
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    I think it was very smart of Kubiak to not take that deal–particularly if he really doesn’t want to be a head coach again. It was just 3 years ago when he was the head coach for their Super Bowl win. It would have been really odd to have him as coordinator for a guy who’d never been a head coach prior. Everybody would have been looking for approval from Kubiak even if it was clearly the call of the head coach. Maybe if Kubiak was like 80 and clearly in semi-retirement or if Fangio was a long-established head coach who’d worked with Kubiak in the past. But none of those were the case. He dodged a very awkward situation that easily could have undermined Fangio.

  11. Good hire. Kubiak is known for building some strong running games that are heavy on play action passing which happens to fit well with Cousins. None of this will matter if they don’t bring in better offensive linemen though.

  12. klint kubiak has been the broncos qb coach for the last year and a half as well as previously serving as an assistant wide receivers coach for the vikings a few years ago. his father gary is a good coach. i’m pretty stoked about this hire.

  13. Love the hire and Klint is a really cool name and I’m digging the spelling. That being said you have a proven veteran signal caller who knows how to get the ball moving

  14. Klint Kubiak has experience to be the quarterbacks coach because he’s held that position with the Broncos for the past three seasons.

    And for those of you acting like nepotism is unusual in the NFL, apparently you’ve never heard of: Bum & Wade Phillips, Dick & Mike Nolan, Don & David & Mike Shula, Jim Sr & Jim Jr Mora, Mike & Kyle Shanahan, Buddy & Rob & Rex Ryan, Marty & Brian Schottenheimer, Norv & Scott Turner, Monte & Lane Kiffin, Tony Sr & Tony Jr Sparano, Lovie & Mikal Smith, Marvin & Marcus Lewis, Andy & Britt Reid, Jeff & Brandon Fisher, Pete & Nate Carroll, Mike & Adam Zimmer and Bill & Steve Belichick.

  15. The fact that almost nobody else sees an obvious problem with this scares me.
    It’s simply time for Viking fans to pull their heads out of the sand and demand more.
    As it stands now, we are looking at another wasted year by kicking the can further down the road again.

  16. There’s a reason Kubes was let go by the Broncos – he wanted to be the OC AND hire 3 of the assistant coaches (his son Klint, Dennison, and Pariani).

  17. According to the StarTribune, Kubiak will be Assistant HC & Offensive Advisor, Kubiak’s son will be QB Coach, and Kubiak’s O-Line and TE coaches are also coming with him. The current O-line coach and TE coaches futures are undecided at this time.

    Good moves.

  18. Kubiak will get the running game going. When his offences are working they have great balance. Rick Dennison has been Kubiak’s O-line coach for years and this is likely the case with the Vikings. Dennision fell out of favor in Denver, then Buffalo as OC, last year with the Jets, and …….

  19. Wonder how long it will take Zim go throw daddy and son under the bus git not running the ball enough…..

  20. Love it, no doubt Kubiak will run the entire offense and the Broncos OC this year, Rick Dennison, will upgrade the OL coaching. Stefanski will be the quiet guy in the corner who gets to relay the plays to Cousins after Kubiak tells him what to call. All is right again with the Vikings and future just got brighter.

    I see the Packers have some grade school kids running their team. Good luck with that, enjoy looking up for the next 10 years.

  21. I see the Packers have some grade school kids running their team. Good luck with that, enjoy looking up for the next 10 years.
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    Whatever you’ve gotta tell yourself.

    Still a good hire by the vikes though, even if the son thing is a bit odd.

  22. shaggytoodle says:
    January 14, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    Bending over backwards and giving a a fringe top 10 QB Cousins a nearly 90 million fully guranteed … is something the Vikings have all ready and will continue to regret

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    84 million is not nearly 90, it’s closer to 80. But I’m sure in the next post it will be nearly 100 million. SMH

  23. Frankly, I’d be excited if the Vikings had named Kubiak head coach, given his success. The biggest threat to New England for AFC superiority during his tenure. Say what you want about the Wilfs but they aren’t afraid to spend and Mike Zimmer’s deep NFL contacts are being called up for service. There’s a nice dose of hope. SKOL.

  24. Nepotism is huge in the NFL. It explains bad coaching, which is also huge. To get on an NFL sideline, its usually who you know, rather than what you know.
    But they still dont pay officials. This explains bad officiating.
    The Vikes flopped this year because of a still-not-improved offensive line ( due partly to the suddent death of the oline coach), and our new QB, Kirk “No fight in this dog” Cousins.
    He puts up some nice stats, makes some nice throws, but fails to show up in the clutch.

  25. This could be a disaster waiting to happen. I’m curious as to whose idea this was- Zimmer’s or Spielman’s. The Vikings bring in Kubiak, who then brings in his son and two of his assistants- whose loyalty is to Kubiak. Kevin Stefanski sandwiched between assistant head coach Gary Kubiak (an ex-HC and OC) and his son, before he’s even had the chance to establish himself. I’ll bet that after all of those years working as a loyal employee for the Vikings’, Stefanski is thrilled. Do you think Kubiak will teach Stefanski everything he knows, or do you think he wants his son to be OC?

    If Zimmer feels that Pariani was the best TE coach available, Klint Kubiak was the QB coach that he wanted, and he wanted Gary Kubiak for his assistant, then he apparently hit a home run in terms of hiring his guys. I highly he doubt that he had each one of these guys targeted. However, if these aren’t Zimmer’s choices for his staff, the odds of something like this working right aren’t great, and it also shows management’s distrust in Zimmer and they’ve really exacerbated a lame duck situation. They’ve potentially created two different coaching factions on the same team. Zimmer will show a united front with Spielman when they introduce these guys, but there’s no way he’s down with this. He isn’t an idiot.

  26. Excellent. This team needed a strong voice in the conversation and that had to be someone who was a former head coach. We are still replacing Pat – our best OC since Brian Billick and Mr Shermer who sadly passed away. Lots of people can say lots of worthless words. We need a staff that works together, and offensive line and a team that beats beats green bush!

  27. @thrifty… Kubiak was let go because he can’t run a modern day NFL offense, period.

    Klint Kubiak… experience as BRONCO QB Coach??? Have any of you seen the Bronco QB performance for the past 2 years?

    Nice guys… but weak results.

  28. If Klint hadn’t been a coach with the Vikings before it would be less attractive looking hire. I see nothing wrong with bring Klint back this time with his dad Gary a SB winning coach.

  29. fartweasel says:
    January 14, 2019 at 7:35 pm
    Now build that offensive line into a respectable unit.
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    Its going to take more than coaching… like maybe a 1st or second round pick… maybe even both… Hopefully Zimmer will allow that… cuz if they go with defense earlier i think Viking fans will lose it.

  30. The Vikings obviously recognize and are admitting the offensive game planning and scheming last year was lackluster. Nobody could possibly deny that. So they are making very good moves on the coaching staff to attempt to fix that. Now, if they will admit that you cannot “coach up” everybody and realize the O-Line is the glaring problem and start to it all, maybe they’ll have a chance to improve in 2019.

  31. shaggytoodle says:
    January 15, 2019 at 4:47 am
    fartweasel says:
    January 14, 2019 at 7:35 pm
    Now build that offensive line into a respectable unit.
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    Its going to take more than coaching… like maybe a 1st or second round pick… maybe even both… Hopefully Zimmer will allow that… cuz if they go with defense earlier i think Viking fans will lose it.
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    They absolutely need to grab a starter on O-line from free agency AND a starting O-lineman in the first two rounds of the draft. That is at a minimum. I don’t care if there is a “can’t miss” player in round 1 at another position, if they don’t go O-line in round 1 my head may explode. I’d like to see 3 O-line drafted in the first 4-5 rounds, and I don’t mean rounds 3, 4, and 5.

  32. frank booth says:
    January 14, 2019 at 10:42 pm
    This could be a disaster waiting to happen. I’m curious as to whose idea this was- Zimmer’s or Spielman’s. The Vikings bring in Kubiak, who then brings in his son and two of his assistants- whose loyalty is to Kubiak. Kevin Stefanski sandwiched between assistant head coach Gary Kubiak (an ex-HC and OC) and his son, before he’s even had the chance to establish himself. I’ll bet that after all of those years working as a loyal employee for the Vikings’, Stefanski is thrilled. Do you think Kubiak will teach Stefanski everything he knows, or do you think he wants his son to be OC?
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    You’re reading way too much into this. Under your scenario, Gary K would have to sabotage Stefanski in order for Stef to get fired so Klint K could be promoted. Is that right? Except, in order for Stef to fail, Cousins probably is bad. And the QB coach is Klint. A much more likely scenario is; these guys are professionals and want to succeed, and get promoted. In order for that to happen, the offense needs to be successful. Offense successful equals; Stefanski gets a head coaching opportunity and Klint gets an OC opportunity. And in the background, old man Gary is helping everybody with his knowledge and past success. Gary helps with the game planning and Stef is successful with the play calls.

  33. theyearofthecat1 says:
    January 14, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    ninefingers9 says:
    January 14, 2019 at 6:36 pm
    Pieces are in place

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    …for another choke job.

    ROAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #ONEPRIDE
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    The Lions have never even been good enough to choke.

  34. Zim was clearly upset in Stefanski’s press conference. Getting Kubiak is a steal. He can help Stef call plays and be a offensive sounding board. Kubiak works well with QB’s. Cousins needs something to wake him up from his second half slumber. The real get though is that Kubiak is bringing with him the o line coaches and the Denver zone blocking scheme. That turns average O lineman into superior blocking talent quickly. Zim is going out swinging.

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