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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Gary Kubiak could become Vikings offensive coordinator?

Gary Kubiak

The Minnesota Vikings need a new offensive coordinator after Kevin Stefanski departed to become the head coach of the Cleveland Browns, and a high-profile name could replace him.

The Vikings have moved slowly in replacing Stefanski. He was hired on Jan. 13, and we have heard little about the Vikings lining up interviews or seeking out candidates. That certainly means they could be looking to hire internally after Stefanski’s departure.

Vikings play-by-play man Paul Allen said on KFAN that he believes this is because Vikings offensive assistant Gary Kubiak will be the team’s next offensive coordinator.

This possibility was also alluded to in a mailbag on the team’s official website by in-house reporter Eric Smith, who suggested that Kubiak taking over the role was a possibility. He also noted that coach Mike Zimmer divulged last Monday that he had discussed with Kubiak how to fill that vacancy.

Kubiak stepped down as the head coach of the Denver Broncos in 2016 for health reasons. The portfolio of responsibilities that comes with being offensive coordinator would probably be the biggest thing Kubiak has to consider, and whether he feels capable of taking that on. He has been willing to interview for those positions before, so there’s reason to believe this could happen.

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