Gary Kubiak: I missed coaching the last two years

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Gary Kubiak met with the media Thursday for the first time since ending a two-year absence from coaching by joining the Vikings with the title of assistant head coach/offensive advisor.

Kubiak stepped down as the Broncos head coach after the 2016 season because of health concerns, but said on Thursday that he’s feeling fine after spending the last two years in the Denver personnel department. While that job kept him around the game, Kubiak said he “missed” coaching and that led him to pursue opportunities this offseason.

“I knew I wanted to do some more,” Kubiak said. “When I stepped away from football, I kept working but found I wanted to do more and more.”

Kubiak will be working with offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski and said that he doesn’t expect to have any issues with not calling plays on offense because it will be a collaborative experience. He didn’t delve into what that playbook will look like, but said head coach Mike Zimmer wants a physical team and that “every good offense I’ve been around runs the ball pretty good.”

The Vikings’ inability to do that last season helped push Stefanski into his current job and turning that around should put him, Kubiak and everyone else on the right track this time around.

12 responses to “Gary Kubiak: I missed coaching the last two years

  1. The Vikings are going to win the Super Bowl this year. Cousins has a year under his belt, Stefon Diggs is going to break out big time, and Adrian Peterson will be back for the “one two” punch with Cook. The offense is going to be lights out!!

  2. I wasn’t going to say anything, but then I saw this:

    novusordoseclorum1776 says:
    February 21, 2019 at 2:42 pm
    The Vikings are going to win the Super Bowl this year. Cousins has a year under his belt, Stefon Diggs is going to break out big time, and Adrian Peterson will be back for the “one two” punch with Cook. The offense is going to be lights out!!

    I like that he doesn’t mention Thelen – because he’ll be a Patriot.

  3. The Vikes will wish Kubiak was calling plays by week 5. Without a contract in ’20 Zim is coaching for his HC career next fall so KS will be on a short leash. Zim has to be willing to be flexible from week to week, not only on O, but also on D. Belichick he is not! I have low hopes for the Vikes so as to protect my sanity/anger/depression.

  4. sorry. not a good move for minnesota in my opinion. if you thought your offense was sluggish and inconsistent before, wait until this guy starts offering some “suggestions”. maybe 20 years ago. but now, not so much.

  5. thejetssuck2001 says:
    February 21, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    sorry. not a good move for minnesota in my opinion. if you thought your offense was sluggish and inconsistent before, wait until this guy starts offering some “suggestions”. maybe 20 years ago. but now, not so much.
    __________

    Twenty years ago? Denver had a top-4 offense each year from 2012-2014, including #1 in yardage and scoring by gigantic margins in 2013.

  6. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    February 21, 2019 at 4:15 pm
    thejetssuck2001 says:
    February 21, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    sorry. not a good move for minnesota in my opinion. if you thought your offense was sluggish and inconsistent before, wait until this guy starts offering some “suggestions”. maybe 20 years ago. but now, not so much.
    __________

    Twenty years ago? Denver had a top-4 offense each year from 2012-2014, including #1 in yardage and scoring by gigantic margins in 2013.
    _______________

    Kubiak got there in 2015.

  7. I don’t know. I think when you take your foot off the gas for an extended period of time, it’s not very easy to get back up to speed. Good luck though!

  8. there is zero hope for this team. just shut it down. the team is already questioning cousins and now the head coach is a lame duck. wonderful. juuuuuuuust wonderful.

    rick spielman will sign a bunch of offensive lineman castoffs again this free agency to further destroy the hopes of keeping young talented players beyond rookie deals, all in an effort to ‘patch the line’ which is like putting a couple pieces of chewed gum on a water main break.

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