The Minnesota Vikings lost offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski to the Cleveland Browns but are replacing him with an established former head coach, Gary Kubiak.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media shared Thursday morning that Kubiak, who’s been an assistant and offensive advisor for Minnesota since being fired by the Denver Broncos, will take over as the new offensive coordinator.
This move makes too much sense. And it signals that the Vikings will continue to ride their zone running scheme in the coming year, rather than try to force Kirk Cousins into a larger role as a passer.
Kubiak has been a respected offensive coach in the NFL going all the way back to his time with the 1994 San Francisco 49ers, who of course went on to win Super Bowl XXIX thanks to the exploits of Steve Young, who benefited from Kubiak’s influence.
However, what Kubiak is best known for is his exceptional zone-blocking run game, which was key to the Denver Broncos winning three Super Bowls during his time with the organization.
Needless to say, the Vikings landed on their feet here after losing Stefanski.