Minnesota Vikings OC Gary Kubiak Retires

We knew it was likely, but now it’s official. Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak is once again retiring from NFL coaching.

A couple years ago, Kubiak came out of retirement to take on an advisory role within Minnesota’s offense. Kevin Stefanski was the OC who called the plays on Sunday, but it was Kubiak’s system. When Stefanski left for the Browns, Kubiak was the logical next step. The team was already running his system, and they were having success.

Unfortunately, Kubiak has decided that it’s time to step away. Take a look at his statement:

Mike Zimmer collects OCs like Tom Brady collects Super Bowl rings. With Kubiak retiring, Zimmer will be forced to hire his sixth OC. In all likelihood, Klint Kubiak is going to be the new OC. He has been Minnesota’s QB coach; Kirk Cousins has played well these past two season. Moreover, there is some precedent of sons taking over for their father and finding success (I’m looking at you, Shanahan).

We wish Gary Kubiak well, and the hope over here at TVG is the Minnesota Vikings can keep using many of the central concepts from his offense as they move forward. It’s important that the Vikings’ coaching staff does their utmost to limit the degree to which the offense will need to change.

It’s never a dull moment in Viking Land. Expect Zim to prioritize a hire sooner rather than later. One important thing to keep in mind: Zimmer has done a much better job of promoting from within than from hiring from the outside. The three successful Vikings OCs – Pat Shumur, Kevin Stefanski, and Kubiak – were all hired from within. Norv Turner and John DeFilippo, both hired from the outside, were disasters.

Klint, the OC bell tolls for thee.