Klint Kubiak is the son of Vikings offensive coordinator, Gary Kubiak. He’s is Minnesota’s quarterback coach in 2019 but that wasn’t his first stint with the team. Kubiak was with the Vikings during Leslie Frazier’s tenure as head coach. Mike Zimmer kept him around when he took over and Kubiak was able to work closely with Norv Turner, picking up quite a bit of knowledge from the all-time great offensive mind.
Kubiak left the Vikings and went to the college ranks to be the receivers coach at Kansas. After a year there, he went back to the NFL and joined his father in Denver. In his time in Denver, Kubiak was able to make Trevor Siemian look like a competent player and also helped Kyle Sloter develop.
Kubiak’s greatest achievement so far could be the work he did with Cousins last season. Cousins had some very bad moments in his debut season with the Vikings. He had many passes swatted at the line, he couldn’t hold onto the football, had trouble sensing pressure, and couldn’t rally his team to a win.
Those issues all improved for Cousins when Kubiak took over as quarterbacks coach. Cousins’ swatted passes were less, he didn’t fumble nearly as much, and he often threw the ball away when no one was open, instead of taking an unnecessary hit. He also showed the ability to rally his team back from certain defeat and put the offense on his shoulders more than he ever did in year one. Kubiak has to be given credit for many of these improvements, as he’s the biggest change.
Kubiak is only 33 years old and that puts him right in the sweet spot of fitting into the new trend in the NFL of hiring young coaches. We’ve seen it with Sean McVay in Los Angeles and more recently with Matt LaFleur in Green Bay and Zac Taylor in Cincinnati. Bringing in young coaches is the “it” thing to do and if Cousins has a good season, Kubiak could be the next.