The Minnesota Vikings’ 2018 season fell dramatically short of their expectations, as they failed to reach the postseason. With that in mind, the board decided to take things into their own hands. Thus, they made multiple changes on the coaching staff which I will detail below.
Kevin Stefanski – Offensive Coordinator
Kevin Stefanski assumed the role of offensive coordinator after the firing of John DeFilippo in week 14. He stepped up in emphatic fashion, reigniting a run game which was woeful all season. By somewhat limiting Kirk Cousins’ throwing attempts, the running backs contributed 356 yards in the three games he was in charge of. That said, the offence crumbled in a must-win scenario against the Bears, ultimately dooming them to the offseason.
Head Coach Mike Zimmer sounded enthusiastic about the appointment. He stated: “I’m happy to have him take over the offensive coordinator job. His work ethic and teaching ability have been obvious to me behind the scenes since I came here five years ago. He’s well respected by coaches and players both and I know he’s up to the task.”
I certainly believe that Stefanski deserves an opportunity to prove himself, and with the right help he could work wonders in the North. More importantly, with the Vikings’ newest appointment it appears to be a certainty that, that will happen.
Gary Kubiak – Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Advisor
This appointment is sheer brilliance on the part of the Vikings’ board.
Gary Kubiak brings with him a wealth of knowledge, possessing 35 years of experience in the league. He was the head coach of the Houston Texans for 8 years. At Houston, Kubiak holds the record for most career wins as a coach with 61. Moreover, he was also the HC of the Denver Broncos for two years (2015-16), winning the Super Bowl in his first season with a somewhat injured Peyton Manning.
His role at the team will largely be in an advisory role, helping Stefanski mould an efficient offence with the pieces they already have. This won’t be a problem for Kubiak, who was also an OC for 12 seasons.
Klint Kubiak – Quarterback’s Coach
Gary’s son, Klint, will also be leaving Denver to join his dad in Minnesota. Klint was originally hired by his father in the 2016 season for the Broncos as an offensive assistant/quarterbacks coach. After Kubiak senior stepped down from the head coach role due to health reasons, Klint remained on the coaching staff until now.
Klint Kubiak is an eight-year veteran in his coaching career, having spent time with the Vikings from 2013-14 as an assistant wide receivers coach. He was also partly in charge of quality control for the team.
Klint will be tasked with exuding the best from franchise quarterback Kirk Cousins. That said, Cousins has been performing incredibly statistically, having posted a career high 70.1% completion percentage this year. In addition, he accumulated 4298 yards and 30 touchdowns on 425 passes through 16 games.
Conclusively, the Minnesota Vikings truly appear to be improving in the right direction. These appointments provide fantastic knowledge to an already talented coaching staff. When you couple that with the excellent talents the Vikings possess on the field, they truly will become a team to fear next season.
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