Vikings’ offensive coordinator position remains in flux

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Vikings offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak is expected to retire. But he hasn’t yet. Which means that the Vikings aren’t looking for a new offensive coordinator, at a time when competent offensive coordinators are being hired elsewhere.

It’s believed that, if Kubiak leaves, the Vikings will promote someone from within. The top internal candidate is believed to be quarterbacks coach Klint Kubiak.

As an offensive coach recently opined, it could be a tough job to fill with a quality external candidate. Coach Mike Zimmer will be under pressure to win next year, and a bad season could result in everyone getting fired. That’s a lot of extra pressure on a new offensive coordinator.

Given the extent to which the offensive personnel has shifted toward the Kubiak scheme, it makes sense to continue to stay the course with it in 2021. Which means that it makes sense to give the job to Klint Kubiak.

If it works, great. If it doesn’t, the Vikings could be looking for a new offensive coordinator — along with a new head coach, defensive coordinator, etc. — next year at this time.

26 responses to “Vikings’ offensive coordinator position remains in flux

  1. I think I like promoting from within more than becoming a pre-retirement spot for former head coaches on their way out of the league.

  2. Zimmer is already operating on fumes. He’d be lucky to make it to this time next year. His seat is so hot, he never sits down.

  3. The continuity makes sense. If they are gonna give Kirk another year why hinder him with a new system? Next year I expect a full overhaul of the roster and staff barring an appearance in the NFC championship game, that is. Good luck. I always liked Kubiak. Seemed like a players kind of guy. Wish him well.

  4. They should have done what they could to keep Stefanski.
    That being said, success of a team is a very complex, multi-layered thing.

    Stefanski was able to go to a place where there was a glut of talent and depth on both sides of the ball, and unlike the Vikings they did not suffer some HUGE amount of injuries and departures.

    So, who knows if anything would have been different had he stayed in MIN.

    Doubt it.

  5. 49ers run game coordinator mike mcdaniel is the perfect guy for this job if they hire from outside, particularly if gary kubiak stays on in the advisory role he had in 2019. mcdaniel has worked for kubiak before, he worked for mike shanahan in denver and washington, and he’s worked with kyle shanahan everywhere he’s been. you can’t find a better fit for continuity of scheme. he was even the receivers coach in washington the year that mike shanahan gave the starting position to kirk cousins for the last four games, so there’s familiarity there too. all this and he’s only 37 years old. i don’t know why his name doesn’t come up more often in these discussions.

  6. whoever takes this job, prepare to be scapegoats and thrown under the bus by Mike Zimmer about halfway through the season or sooner. he likes to blame the offensive coaches but somehow skates by when his defense gives up six rushing touchdowns to one player in ONE GAME!

  7. The Viking offense was playing quite well the latter part of the season. Klint Kubiak seems like a no-brainer here. Same system with an infusion of youth.

  8. I would imagine a lot of “regular fans” think the Vikings offense was bad. It was not. In fact, it was very good. The 2nd most TD’s in team history. Cousins played as well as just about any QB the last 10 games. And Cousins learning a new offense every single year is obviously not good. So, this move would make perfect sense. I imagine the offense and playbook would finally remain the same.

    Now, if you want to talk about that awful defense, you might have something there.

  9. Why is Zimmer still our coach? I thought the Bears were the only NFC North to keep coaches around who are clearly not up for it anymore. The problem is we’re going to start out 0-4 and end up firing him Oct 2021 anyway, just like the Texans and Bill O’Brian. Fire Zimmer now and hire Eric Bienemy already!

  10. mjimmym says:
    January 15, 2021 at 12:15 pm
    whoever takes this job, prepare to be scapegoats and thrown under the bus by Mike Zimmer about halfway through the season or sooner. he likes to blame the offensive coaches but somehow skates by when his defense gives up six rushing touchdowns to one player in ONE GAME!
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    Your thinking is actually incorrect. Zim has had an OC quit (old man Norv), and OC be fired (dude wouldn’t listen, and is now a QB coach), and and OC be promoted to HC in Cleveland. And then there’s Kubiak, who was the OC of a very good offense this year.

    And, Zim said flat out that his defense was trash this year. Yes, there were injuries and young players. But, he said his defense was lousy. And he was correct.

  11. I believe Zimmer and the Vikings leadership are hoping Gary Kubiak stays another year. I also think Gary is trying to make sure his son gets the job. With Adam Zimmer already serving as co defensive coordinator there would be a whole lot of nepotism on the Vikings. I don’t know if Klint Kubiak is ready to be an offensive coordinator or not. With Zimmer’s seat being so hot, it’s probably best that Gary stays another year. If things go well next season and the seat is less hot, then he could retire with less angst and pressure on Zimmer. (And Spielman)

  12. Speaking of Spielman, why is trade down Rick still here? He should be shown the door,and take Zimmer and crew with him.
    We could do much better, and should take a swing at doing so.

  13. I hate to think that Gary Kubiak is dragging his feet on announcing his retirement while the best OC candidates get hired elsewhere just to make sure his kid gets the job. Is Klint Kubiak ready to be an OC? I have no idea, but he needs more qualifications than being Gary’s kid.

  14. philmccracken says:
    January 15, 2021 at 3:21 pm

    At least Dalvin’s season ended on a high note, with the big win over the Lions.
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    What? Makes no sense.

  15. “Zimmer is already operating on fumes. He’d be lucky to make it to this time next year. His seat is so hot, he never sits down”

    ///////

    But he has big hands

  16. “If not for the Packers … the NFC North would be worse than the NFC East”

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    And like the Cowboys the best years are over for the one and done pack..

  17. “If not for the Packers … the NFC North would be worse than the NFC East”
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    Yet the packers still couldn’t sweep the division.

  18. iknoweverything says:
    January 15, 2021 at 8:07 pm
    And like the Cowboys the best years are over for the one and done pack..
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Sure.

    The Packers are already in the second round. No one-and-done this year.

    Do you realize the Vikings would have to win the SuperBowl four times in a row just to have another team come even close to losing in the postseason as many times as the Vikings? That doesn’t even take their all-time NFL record for one-and-done postseason appearances into account.

    You watching the Packers today?

  19. Zimmer is an awful head coach. His defense has been exposed for years. Philadelphia set the blueprint. He has done nothing to change it & his stubbornness has caused offensive minded coaches to leave his D in the dust. He’s negative, about everything. He’d be an ok DC but just ok. His insistence on running the ball leaves points on the field and his defense is not good enough to hold teams. He lost to TN, SEA, DAL by relying on his terrible defense to stop the other team from a TD. No chance. He’s driven off 5 OC’s soon to be 6. Also the players he blamed for giving up 6 TD’s & 52 points to NO. He chose these players ! Spielman instead of drafting quality players just trades down & we get what we saw on Christmas, players that can’t tackle, Jaleel Johnson, shamar Stefan were terrible , nepotism making his kid DC, he’s Childress 2.0 , except worse because Chilly would’ve made it to the SB minus 3 AP fumbles, 10 men in the huddle, Favre’s INT , & the refs. Zim’s team got shellacked because after the MN miracle, he spent the whole week telling the team they were lucky to get there. This is true, I’m not making this up. He’s so negative nobody wants to be near him. The Vikings would be best served firing him right now, Spielman too, and their cap expert who’s contracts have put them into a multiple year hole. No free agents want to play for Zim. He’s a black cloud , negative, pessimistic person. Hire Doug Pedersen as HC & Anthony Lynn as DC and this same team will be legitimate SB contenders. Or don’t fire him , wait another year of this Debbie Downer curmudgeon

  20. SwaggyD says:
    January 15, 2021 at 11:37 am

    Thanks for Stefanski!

    — A lifelong Browns fan/////
    You are welcome, a lot of Vikings fans thought he would be their next coach. Maybe he can join Dungy, Tomlin as ex-Vikings coaches that won a SB.

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