Vikings hire Brian Pariani as tight ends coach

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The Vikings announced the hiring of three assistant coaches Monday.

Gary Kubiak and Klint Kubiak were reported earlier in the day, with the elder Kubiak taking the role of assistant head coach/offensive advisor and his son joining the team as its quarterbacks coach.

The Vikings also announced they hired Brian Pariani as tight ends coach.

Pariani has more than 20 years experience coaching tight ends, most of it with Gary Kubiak.

From 1994-2016, Pariani worked every season alongside Kubiak, with the exception of the 2005 season, when Pariani was at Syracuse. Pariani previously coached the tight ends position with Denver from 1995-2004 and again from 2015-16.

He also spent time as the tight ends coach for the Texans (2006-13) and for one season with the Ravens in 2014.

20 responses to “Vikings hire Brian Pariani as tight ends coach

  1. Another Kubiak cronie. Rick Dennison will be hired next to complete the Kubiak “nepotism” trifecta. That’s why he wasn’t retained in Denver – he wanted to make the assistant coaching hires on offense – even though he wasn’t the head coach.

  2. Happy to have Pariani as the tight ends coach but I’m worried about the Vikings hiring Rick Dennison as the OL coach. Broncos fans and Bills fans were happy when he got fired. I have serious doubts that he will be the guy to fix our line problems.

  3. Fresh faces, but I hate tag-team Father and Son blackmail, (both of us or neither). My biggest issue is, this League has grown and changed. Mike Zimmer is still coaching for the Super Bowl Cowboys in the 90’s. He does not modify game plans when down at halftime (or at least this year). We will see if I need to eat my words next year…

  4. Then there is the total ignoring the O-Line to build a decent D by putting Drafting the O line in 5th through 7th rounds while drafting HOW damn many DB’s Linebackers, QB’s,

  5. Good !uck, Vikings fans. You had better TE production from Rudolph the last two years than the Broncos have had in the last four seasons combined. Zimmer letting Kubiak bring in his crony rather than keeping the guy with better production? And moving Barrone to co-oline instead? He did a bang up job in Denver in 2015-26 when the OL was among league leaders in being bad. I suppose the good news is at least the pkg didn’t include Dennison.

    Don’t worry, though, Zimmer and Kubiak can call those run plays “like it’s nineteen ninety nine!”

    Skololololol!

  6. firerogergoodell says:
    January 15, 2019 at 12:49 am
    Happy to have Pariani as the tight ends coach but I’m worried about the Vikings hiring Rick Dennison as the OL coach. Broncos fans and Bills fans were happy when he got fired. I have serious doubts that he will be the guy to fix our line problems.
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    I’ve never heard of these coaches, but I would definitely need to see a more objective review of their abilities than “fans”.

  7. kingthielanscourt says:
    January 15, 2019 at 1:43 am
    Fresh faces, but I hate tag-team Father and Son blackmail, (both of us or neither). My biggest issue is, this League has grown and changed. Mike Zimmer is still coaching for the Super Bowl Cowboys in the 90’s. He does not modify game plans when down at halftime (or at least this year). We will see if I need to eat my words next year…
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    I’m definitely going to have to disagree with you on this one. I’d say, if anything, the original offensive game plan has to be more solid this year. It seemed both the offense and defense started off way too many games slow, and then did much better as the game went along. In other words, Zim modified the game plan very well, but didn’t have good enough game plans to start. Not to mention, Zim’s defense is still top notch and he has more than proven his worth. Or don’t you remember the cover 2 scheme’s from Leslie?

  8. kingthielanscourt says:
    January 15, 2019 at 1:45 am

    Then there is the total ignoring the O-Line to build.
    )))))))))))))))))))))
    That never happened. In the last 3 drafts they took 8 OL. And brought in at least 3 FA players. Was it the answer nope. But to say they ignored the position is a false narrative.

  9. Turning that $84 million guaranteed QB over to Klint Kubiak? They might want to rethink that idea.

  10. thefiesty1 says:
    January 15, 2019 at 1:45 pm
    Turning that $84 million guaranteed QB over to Klint Kubiak? They might want to rethink that idea.
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    The guy has performed magic. Look at the careers and numbers of Brock Osweiler, Paxton Lynch, Trevor Siemian, Case Keenum.

    QB coaches can only do so much, if anything. Like hitting coaches in baseball. Good hitters somehow remain good hitters when hitting coaches change. Same with QB’s. Keenum had a good year in 2017 with the Vikings and was mediocre in Denver. Some goofballs will tell you that it was because of Stefanski, but they won’t have any evidence of what the guy did to make Keenum better.

    If these QB coaches were really that good and had that much of an impact, they would remain QB coaches and get paid a ton of money to do so. They are dealing with the most expensive and critical asset on the team.

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