Vikings tap Gary Kubiak as new offensive coordinator
The Minnesota Vikings are promoting Gary Kubiak to be their new offensive coordinator to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Kevin Stefanski was the Vikings’ offensive coordinator last year but left to become the Cleveland Browns head coach.
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 was hired last offseason as an offensive advisor by Mike Zimmer and he had his stamp all over the offense. Even though Stefanski was the one who was calling the plays, Kubiak’s stamp was all over it. This move really does make the most sense because it gives Kirk Cousins some continuity going forward.
Kubiak is best known for his zone-blocking run game, and even before it was revealed that Kubiak would be the coach going forward, Zimmer said the team would be keeping the same offense going forward.
Zimmer said back in November that Kubiak coming on board was the best thing that had happened to him since he took over as coach of the Vikings.
“Gary has been tremendous,” Zimmer said via the Vikings team website. “He’s probably the best thing that’s ever happened to me since I’ve been here.
“He’s very smart. I talk to him a lot about what he’s done as a head coach. We talk a lot about offensive and defensive football,” Zimmer added. “I love his demeanor and the way he and [Vikings Offensive Coordinator] Kevin [Stefanski] can communicate during the game and also during the weekly game plan.”
The Vikings have big expectations heading into the 2020 season and a lot of that will come down to how well Minnesota’s offense performs.