Once Kevin Stefanski was hired as the Cleveland Browns new head coach, the Vikings were going to find someone to replace him as offensive coordinator. Well, they didn’t have to look far as they have reportedly promoted offensive assistant and former Broncos and Texans head coach, Gary Kubiak.
2019 was Kubiak’s first year back in coaching after his two-year stint as the Broncos head coach from 2015-16. In Denver, Kubiak helped lead the Broncos to a Super Bowl championship in Peyton Manning’s final season in 2015. Previously, Kubiak 2014 as the offensive coordinator in Baltimore and before that he was the head coach in Houston Texans history. He held that position from 2006 through the 2013 season. He was 61-64 in his eight seasons in Houston.
Last year, the Vikings scored 407 points which was good for 8th best in the NFL in 2019. However, they ranked 16th in yards per game. The strength of their offense was their running game behind the likes of Dalvin Cook who helped the Vikings have the fourth most rushing attempts in the league and the sixth most yards overall.
In two seasons as head coach of Denver, the Broncos offense was in the bottom third of the league. Largely due to a hobbled Manning in 2015 and quarterback uncertainty in 2016. With that said, Kubiak has arguably a better cast of characters than he did in 2015 when you consider the health of Manning in his final season.