The Minnesota Vikings were in need of a new offensive coordinator after Kevin Stefanski departed to become the head coach of the Cleveland Browns, and they are filling the role with a very familiar face.
Gary Kubiak, who was an assistant coach and offensive advisor with the Vikings last season, is taking over as the team’s offensive coordinator, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports.
The #Vikings are turning to a familiar face for their new OC: Gary Kubiak, who has been an assistant head coach and offensive advisor, is taking over as the offensive coordinator, sources say. His impact was felt quickly in Minnesota and now he sticks around.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 23, 2020
Kubiak stepped down as the head coach of the Broncos in 2016 for health reasons. The possibility of him returning to an OC role has always existed, and he has interviewed with other teams in the past for that position.
Prior to becoming the head coach of the Broncos in 2015, Kubiak was a successful offensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens. He has helped the Vikings move in the right direction, and he will have plenty of offensive weapons to work with including Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook, Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Kubiak should be very helpful to Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer in an OC role.
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.
Paul Allen on the team’s delay in announcing a new OC, via KFAN:
“The #Vikings have to know that Gary Kubiak will be the next offensive coordinator.”
— Sean Borman (@SeanBormanNFL) January 20, 2020
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.
Gary Kubiak is leaving the Denver Broncos to join another NFL organization this offseason, but it will not be for an offensive coordinator job.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Minnesota Vikings are hiring Kubiak in an offensive advisory role. Kubiak’s son, Klint, is expected to become the team’s quarterbacks coach, while Kevin Stefanski will return as offensive coordinator.
Vikings hiring former Broncos’ HC Gary Kubiak in an offensive advisory role, per a league source. Kubiak’s son, Klint, is expected to become Vikings’ QB coach and Kevin Stefanski will remain as Vikings’ OC.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 14, 2019
It’s an interesting turn of events for Kubiak, who initially appeared destined to return to the Broncos’ coaching staff as offensive coordinator. Denver was even blocking him from interviewing with other teams at one point, but the arrangement seemed to fall apart after they hired Vic Fangio as their next head coach.
Kubiak was expected to interview with at least one other team for an OC job, but he apparently heard enough when he sat down with the Vikings.
Gary Kubiak may not be rejoining the Denver Broncos’ coaching staff in 2019, but he remains interested in potentially landing an offensive coordinator job.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that Kubiak is expected to interview with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Tuesday for their vacant offensive coordinator job.
Sources: #Broncos Senior personnel advisor Gary Kubiak, who still has eyes on being an offensive coordinator, is scheduled to interview for the vacant #Jaguars OC job tomorrow. GM John Elway has been wiling to let Kubiak out of his contract for a coaching job.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 14, 2019
The Broncos were initially blocking Kubiak from interviewing for such positions, but that was probably when they believed he was in line to become their offensive coordinator. For whatever reason, Kubiak and the team could not agree on offensive philosophies and staffing after Vic Fangio was hired as head coach, so Kubiak is now being allowed to pursue other opportunities.
Kubiak, who stepped down as the head coach of the Broncos in 2016 for health reasons, currently works for the team as a personnel advisor.
After it looked like a foregone conclusion, Gary Kubiak reportedly will not be the offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Kubiak and the Broncos could not agree on offensive philosophies or staffing, and the two sides have elected to go in different directions.
Assistant shocker: Gary Kubiak will not be Denver’s offensive coordinator, league sources tell ESPN.
After lengthy discussions, Denver and Kubiak had different ideas on staffing and offensive philosophies. Both sides going in different directions.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 11, 2019
Kubiak as Denver’s offensive coordinator appeared to be such a foregone conclusion that they weren’t letting him interview elsewhere earlier in the offseason. After bringing in Vic Fangio as head coach, though, things have apparently fallen apart here.
In a move that may well be connected, the Broncos were linked to Pittsburgh offensive line coach Mike Munchak in some sort of offensive assistant role that could be as a coordinator.
#Steelers OL coach Mike Munchak is among the best at what he does, and Denver had him in the final 2 for their HC interviews. Possibly adding both Munchak and Vic Fangio would be quite a coup for the #Broncos… and clearly a rough loss for Pittsburgh.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 11, 2019
Add the Broncos to the list of teams seeking an offensive coordinator after this abrupt shift.
It would appear that the Denver Broncos are planning on Gary Kubiak returning as a member of their coaching staff next season.
Kubiak has been working as a personnel advisor for the Broncos since he stepped down as the team’s head coach following the 2016 reason, and there has been talk that he wants to return to coaching as an offensive coordinator in 2019. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Denver has blocked other teams from interviewing him for that position. That likely means they want him to serve as their OC.
Among the teams that have requested interviews with Kubiak are the Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals, but the Broncos have denied the requests. Schefter notes that the plan in Denver is to have Kubiak work with whomever the team hires as its next head coach, as long as the coach is open to it. Kubiak’s preference is reportedly to remain in Denver.
Kubiak’s stint as the head coach of the Broncos in 2015 and 2016 was his second in Denver, as he also served as the team’s offensive coordinator from 2003-2005. He’s considered one of the top OC candidates on the market, but the Broncos apparently don’t want to allow him to test said market. Judging by what John Elway said recently about Kubiak, it seems very likely that he will be a member of Denver’s coaching staff next season.
The Denver Broncos will be revamping their coaching staff this offseason after head coach Vance Joseph was fired on Monday, and the rumors that Gary Kubiak could be part of that staff going forward apparently have merit.
While speaking with reporters shortly after Joseph was dismissed, Broncos president of football operations John Elway left open the possibility that Kubiak could join the coaching staff.
John Elway told me he expects Gary Kubiak to be a part of the Broncos in 2019. Added that there is a possibility that Gary will coach again or in the same role. Said “Gary will be around.”
His name has been discussed around the league as an OC.
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) December 31, 2018
Kubiak spent two seasons as the head coach in Denver, leading the team to a Super Bowl title in 2015 and a 9-7 record in 2016. He was also the offensive coordinator for the Broncos earlier in his coaching career from 2003-2005. He cited health reasons when he stepped down as the head coach in Denver following the 2016 season.
Since he stepped down as head coach, Kubiak has been serving in an advisory role with the Broncos’ front office. While he does not want the responsibility and pressure of being a head coach again, the 57-year-old is said to be interested in calling plays.