Vikings make Gary Kubiak offensive coordinator

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The Vikings didn’t have to go far to find their new offensive coordinator.

Gary Kubiak, who spent last season as the Vikings’ assistant head coach and offensive advisor, will now get the offensive coordinator title, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The 58-year-old Kubiak is the former head coach of the Texans and Broncos, and former offensive coordinator of the Broncos and Ravens.

The Vikings were seeking a new offensive coordinator after Kevin Stefanski left to become the Browns’ head coach. Head coach Mike Zimmer has said this offseason that he thinks the Vikings’ offensive system is fundamentally sound and doesn’t need to be radically remade, so it’s not surprising that he decided to stay in house for Stefanski’s replacement.

Kubiak’s son, Vikings quarterbacks coach Klint Kubiak, was also thought to be a candidate for the offensive coordinator job, but he’ll apparently work under his dad for another season.

67 responses to “Vikings make Gary Kubiak offensive coordinator

  1. Awesome. Klint will be the OC when his dad wants to step down. Now go out and get a great DC so Zimmer can just concentrate on making head coach decisions.

  2. No big surprise here, but I’m glad they went this route. I think Kubiak had more influence on the offense last year than Stefanski this season than any of us realize. I haven’t paid enough attention to his history as a play caller but I’m curious to see how he does. SKOL.

  3. Obvious choice. With him as “offensive advisor”, you have limited the people outside that would come in and be the OC. Also, he is a good choice period. Good hire!

  4. Next year just change the headline to Head Coach instead of OC. Unless Zim hires a new DC that’s really a DC & not Zim blowing it again. 38-7 & 27-10 Zim. That’s all on you bud.

  5. This was the best option. I was getting tired of hiring a rookie OC like they have the last 2 seasons. Kubiak is a veteran coach and proven play caller. Zimmer already said he wants to maintain continuity for the offense. I’m more surprised Kubiak took the position, seems like he wanted out of the spotlight after his health concerns.

  6. Why? Kubiak’s offense is antiquated in modern NFL. It gets figured out by better teams in playoffs rather fast.

  7. Probably the best case scenario. I thought they might hire Klint and keep Gary in the same role but I really thought Klint needed more seasoning before making him OC. Apparently, Gary agreed. I’m sure Klint is now considered the OC-in-training and may even get the job next year.

    I just hope Gary will be willing to go downfield more often than we saw this year. You have a highly accurate deep-ball passer and two great wide receivers. They shouldn’t be afraid to take more shots. The timid screens and 5-yard passes were not working late in the season because the defense could crowd the line of scrimmage. Let’s open things up!

  8. Okay, so that does mean the offensive line gets a make-over? No more overpriced contracts for average linemen, and what’s more, Kirk Cousins gets a “learn how to move around in the pocket to avoid the rush” ultimatum?

    If the Vikings figure these things out, they’ll be ready to take the next step. Hopefully, Kubiak is the guy to do it.

  9. This is the first step in the right direction for the Vikings in a long time. Now Zimmer needs to be just the head coach and hire a defensive coordinator who runs the defense. Bilicheck doesn’t call defenses even though he was the DC for 2 SB winners with the Giants. Zimmer needs to stop doing that. He’s spread too thin, & his weariness is reflected in his players performances in big games.

  10. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    January 23, 2020 at 11:59 am
    Why? Kubiak’s offense is antiquated in modern NFL. It gets figured out by better teams in playoffs rather fast.

    It seemed to work reasonably well for SF this year.

  11. yes!! Sorry but I didn’t think that much of Stefanski, He was a puppet under Gary and Zimmer. Good luck to Stefanski but the day long meeting with the GM after every game tells me the Browns will never win! Any GM that fiddles with their coach and tries to be a Coach, only takes valuable time away from game planning and burns a coach out.

  12. Vikings issue is their O-Line is all Technicians and not Maulers.

    The face a Playoff Level Defense, and they can’t win the Line of Scrimmage.

    The need a couple of Guards that are Maulers to move the Line of scrimmage forward.

  13. This is a great replacement. Far more innovative (from the M. Shannahan coaching tree).

    That said, what happens with the D is more compelling. They were humiliated.

  14. Sometimes consistency can be a team builder. Baker Mayfield has had 3 head coaches in 2 years and next year will make it 4 head coaches in 3 years when Kevin Stephanski takes over and then people wonder why his numbers and QB rating are all over the place.

  15. The Packers and the Vikings are pretty much on par with each other. Unfortunately, they’re both looking at the 49’ers as also-rans unless major improvements are made on both teams.

  16. Kubiak studied under Bill Walsh and Mike Shanahan. Looks like Walsh’s legacy is alive and well.

  17. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    January 23, 2020 at 11:59 am
    Why? Kubiak’s offense is antiquated in modern NFL. It gets figured out by better teams in playoffs rather fast.


    Strange, I seem to remember the patriots losing AT HOME to Kubiaks “aniquated” offense that went on to win the superbowl in 2012. DARN!

  18. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    January 23, 2020 at 12:51 pm
    Ok. We will see how this works out.

    Now, DRAFT A QB to put pressure on Cousins.
    I wouldn’t mind a first round QB.


    What makes you think Cousins would handle that pressure in a positive way?

  19. Everyone here has already said it – Duh/Good. Vikings have a lot of needs to stay competitive next year on both sides of the ball, but at least we’ll have continuity on the offense, and 1 offensive leader instead of 2. I basically need to see Cousins in the superbowl to want him past the 3rd year. Otherwise we need that O-line and maybe a top deep WR threat in this year’s draft. Also going to need to replace the CB’s we’re about to lose. Big offseason, need a big draft.

  20. LandOf10000MethLabs says:
    January 23, 2020 at 12:16 pm
    If Zimmer really thought he was better than Stefanski, he’d have made him the OC last year, no?

    He tried but Gary wouldn’t take it so he agreed to mentor Stefanski. It is BS every decent assistant gets sniped when a team wins. But if a person signs an OC/DC 3 year contract they should be made to work 2 years of it before leaving the team. I am not against people moving up but this is ridiculous, Minnesota took a BIG risk in hiring him and the thanks is see ya later the first chance he gets!

  21. Elway should NEVER let him leave Denver !!!
    Elway did Everything possible to keep Kubes but Kubes left of his own volition citing health issues.

  22. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Why? Kubiak’s offense is antiquated in modern NFL. It gets figured out by better teams in playoffs rather fast.

    derp363 says:
    Strange, I seem to remember the patriots losing AT HOME to Kubiaks “aniquated” offense that went on to win the superbowl in 2012.

    Derp, in the context of today’s game any offense from 2012 IS antiquated, so how does your comment nullify what he said?

  23. All a moot point unless they address the offensive line through FA and the Draft. And, with the cap situation as it is, you better have a good draft. Extending Cousins would be a mistake. Overpaying Cook would be a mistake.

  24. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    January 23, 2020 at 11:59 am
    Why? Kubiak’s offense is antiquated in modern NFL. It gets figured out by better teams in playoffs rather fast.
    Saints? Seriously bro. You don’t even have to go back a month to see your comment is wrong.

  25. aypeeswhippingstick says:
    January 23, 2020 at 12:23 pm
    No doubt Kirk will thrive under this, his 3rd offensive coordinator in 3 years. What kind of offense will you be running this season, the wing-T?
    Did you have this comment all que’d up and ready to roll when the OC was named? Because you kind of forgot that Kubiak was already there, and he’s the one hire that will mean the offensive and offensive terminology probably mostly remains intact. It’s really the best case scenario for Cousins and the offense, besides getting a couple new O-lineman to anchor the left side.

  26. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    January 23, 2020 at 11:59 am

    Why? Kubiak’s offense is antiquated in modern NFL. It gets figured out by better teams in playoffs rather fast.

    A few points here:

    1. The Saints couldn’t figure out even though they had a season’s worth of film on it.

    2. The 49ers run basically the same offense. They seem to be doing fine.

    3. This offense takes advantage of Kirk Cousins’ strengths and minimizes his weaknesses. Would you rather they hired an OC to run Baltimore’s offense or Kansas City’s offense, because they’re more modern? A 2020 offensive system makes no sense if you have a 1990 quarterback.

  27. Once again, Zim making all the right moves. This team was already stacked with the best on-field talent at nearly every position on both sides of the ball, and now with this addition, they have the best coaching staff in the league. It’s an embarrassment of riches!

  28. codylaws says:
    January 23, 2020 at 2:49 pm
    And the nfc north just got more relevant, except for Packers, Lions and Bears.
    Preach, brother!!!

  29. All you Barney bloviaters act as if you’re opinions actually matter. You live under the illusion that the vikes management reads your posts and seeks your approval. And don’t give us that the opinions of the “fans” matter, you’re not fans, you’re tender little Barney trolls.

  30. The Best Move would be to make Kubiak the HEAD COACH and DEMOTE Zimmer to Defensive Coordinator. Don’t Trust Zimmer in the 4th Quarter!!! No Trick Plays and NO Imagination. Also has Failed to get the team ready for Big Games. He has Too Much Loyalty to players who Quit in Big Moments. Some our our Best Players Experience Shock and Awe in Crunch Time, (Cousins, Barr, Smith , Griffen Etc.) It is not always about having the best players but having the RIGHT PLAYERS. Ask Herb Brooks or a certain Patriots Coach…..

    St. John’s College had a coach who won almost 500 Games . He Never had the players hit each other in practice. He Saved the Players for the Games. Our team is getting Physically Beat in the Playoffs. This is partly on Zimmer and partly on not having Good Linemen. We need More Beef on the D-Line and 3-4 New O-Linemen or all of this is Irrelevent!

  31. trophylessvikings says:
    January 23, 2020 at 11:51 am

    lol thanks
    -signed the rest of the NFC

    Yeah. “LOL”. Like the SAINTS, EAGLES, FALCONS, LIONS, REDSKINS, GIANTS and COWBOYS who all got run over by this offense already?

    Yeah, they are all “laughing” Packer boy.

    BTW, plenty of “Trophys” in that case, ignoramus. Including a Championship that ONLY GB fans seem to deny exists.

  32. Man, looking at these pathetic Packer fan troll posts is informative.
    Most of them don’t even seem to KNOW:
    1) Kubiak was already there.
    2) The offense they ran this year was really HIS offense that Stefanski implemented
    3) The whole reason they stuck with him is because it worked and played to Cousins strengths, and they would not have to re-invent the offense.

    Man, these neanderthals POUNCE as soon as ANY Viking thread is posted and show their ignorance…

  33. That’s fun. Mike, Gary, and the kids can go to Pizza Ranch together after a win. If they haven’t done so already.

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