Vikings promote Klint Kubiak to offensive coordinator

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Minnesota offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak retired after the season, and the Vikings didn’t look far for his replacement.

Klint Kubiak, Gary’s son, has been promoted to offensive coordinator, according to NFL Network. As PFT reported when Gary Kubiak retired, Gary was lobbying for Klint to be his successor.

The promotion of Klint Kubiak points once again to how rampant nepotism is in NFL coaching. Coaches hire their sons all the time, and when Gary Kubiak was hired by the Vikings in 2019, Klint Kubiak came along as quarterbacks coach.

Now the 33-year-old Klint Kubiak will be calling the plays in Minnesota, as the Vikings try to bounce back from a disappointing 7-9 season.

29 responses to “Vikings promote Klint Kubiak to offensive coordinator

  1. The fact that Kubiak got this promotion isn’t nepotism. Zimmer saw Klint work for a season as a coach and by promoting Klint, Zimmer gets to keep the same offense–which worked pretty well this season. The fact that Gary brought his son with him is nepotism, but this promotion is not. It makes perfect sense.

  2. Let see Adam Zimmer is co defensive coordinator and Klint Kubiak is offensive coordinator. This will not end well.

  3. People use the word Nepotism and it sounds like a bad thing. Since when did grooming your family to be in a place of success become something frowned upon. I cant stand the vikings but great job as a Dad to see that your son gets a chance to advance in his chosen profession.

  4. Yikes. Vikes hiring this guy, Pack hiring the d coordinator from the 0-16 Lions….looks like the NFC north has a lot of ? next season.

  5. Viking offense only has a handful of plays,ridiculously easy to anticipate and the reason they don’t win.Vikings play 20th century football.

  6. Keep the zone running scheme because with Dalvin and the line it works well, but are you cool with a middle of the pack offense? That is what this hire is. Nothing is going to change and this will get a head coach fired if they don’t have success next year.

  7. The Vikings will have good continuity on offense and defense and the return of some good players. While some other teams play well in the regular season, then choke at home,then look for scapegoats. Some teams are truly iconic as one of their fans put it.

  8. First of all, nepotism is everywhere. Only, a lot of people call it “making contacts”. Second of all, it was the smartest decision fro the Vikings. Cousins has had a new OC every single year. This move clearly keeps things as “normal” as it was going to get.

  9. Why? Continuity? You are joking right? If you are speaking of underachieving and getting lots of garbage yards during losses I guess you are correct. 7-9 sklol

  10. “The fact that Gary brought his son with him is nepotism, but this promotion is not.”
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    I’ll grant you that I’ve seen worse, that’s for sure. However, ask yourself this: Pretend his name was Klint Smith and everything else about him stayed the same. He was only with them for a couple seasons, pretty minimal NFL experience prior to this including a couple years out of coaching, and had never coached in the NFL under anybody but Gary. Does he still get promoted to OC?

  11. I don’t really see any evidence of nepotism in this promotion.
    In fact, I feel extremely confident that Klint will be quite capable of duplicating his father’s overall success from last season.
    Provided the Viking offense will be given ample garbage time to work their brand of magic. 🤣

  12. I guess we will see if this is the right move. If so, good. If not, there will be an entirely new coaching staff come 2022.

  13. Great…Another year of unimaginative offense. As a Viking fan for 40 years at least I’m well versed in being disappointed.

  14. mogogo1 says:
    February 8, 2021 at 10:32 am
    “The fact that Gary brought his son with him is nepotism, but this promotion is not.”
    _____________

    I’ll grant you that I’ve seen worse, that’s for sure. However, ask yourself this: Pretend his name was Klint Smith and everything else about him stayed the same. He was only with them for a couple seasons, pretty minimal NFL experience prior to this including a couple years out of coaching, and had never coached in the NFL under anybody but Gary. Does he still get promoted to OC?
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    Actually, Klint Kubiak was on the Vikings coaching staff as offensive quality control coach and wide receivers coach under Leslie Frazier and Mike Zimmer before he ever worked for his father. Coached at Texas A&M before the Vikings and Kansas after…dude had plenty of experience getting jobs on his own before joining Gary Kubiak’s staff in Denver. Stefanski even said that he was happy when they brought him back to Minnesota because he thought Klint was a good coach. I’m not thrilled with the hire, but I’m pretty sure he’s not going to add some things to the offense that he’s picked up along the way…hey, if it doesn’t work out the Vikings will need a whole new coaching staff anyways, so it’s not like it’s a long-term commitment…

  15. I have no problem whatsoever with hiring a youngblood. These guys have their finger on the pulse of a game that is quickly passing the old-schoolers by.

  16. neverdieeasy says:
    February 8, 2021 at 10:28 am
    Why? Continuity? You are joking right? If you are speaking of underachieving and getting lots of garbage yards during losses I guess you are correct. 7-9 sklol

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    Its always cute to pretend you’re hip and cool, kinda like when you said your first swear words when you were a kid. You used them but really didn’t know what they meant. I hear it in in my job all the time, the client uses buzz words and they don’t know what they are talking about. People heard somewhere for whatever reason “he gets all his yards in garbage time”, so that’s what stuck. The use of “garbage time” without even knowing the meaning AND without know the stats. So Let us take a look shall we? first what are the parameters for “garbage time?”

    Is it 5 minutes left in the game? Down by 21 at end of the 3rd quarter? When is it and when does it exactly start?

    Now for those stats.

    Cousins Career TD passes
    Score margin of game within 17 points = 179
    Score margin of game outside 17pts = 11

    **** 94.2% vs 5.8%

    Cousins TD Passes
    Score margin of game within 14pts = 166
    Score margin of game outside 14pts = 24
    ****87.4 vs 12.6%

    Top NFL Passer Rating, Score Margin of game +/- 7 pts 2020

    1. Rodgers (126.3)
    2. Brees (113.0)
    3. COUSINS (108.7)
    4. Mahomes (108.2)
    5. Tannehill (107.8)

    Stat Creds: @DustBaker /Twitter

    Stats do not lie! So stop saying he gets his yardage in garbage time when he is in the top 5! So, the next time when you use “garbage time” make sure you know what you’re talking about instead of just regurgitating what everyone else is saying and wanting to look knowledgeable to impress people.

  17. This news is about as surprising as the comments about nepotism and an supposed unimaginative offense. They guy may ultimately stink, but keep in mind that Belichick and Shanahan are coaches sons. Folks lazily waste their breath and everyone else’s time bellowing about a 4th rated “unimaginative” NFL offense using the same system used by the Rams, Titans, Packers, 49er and others, as well as a top fourth ranked QB. The reason the Vikes stunk in 2020 was the defense and special teams — that’s what should be griped about but I guess that’s not sexy enough.

  18. Free up enough cap $ and get a good FA O-lineman, draft O-line and D-line help with the 1st 2 picks you have (your skilled guys are good enough now) and see how much improved this team will be in ’21.

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