Minnesota will pass the football more in 2020.
There is a very, very bizarre misconception by some that “Gary Kubiak likes to run the football.” It’s false.
Kubiak runs the football to set up the passing game. It has been his modus operandi for over two decades. If you think Kubiak is a run-first offense type of guy, pull numbers or tape from the 2009 or 2010 Texans.
Even before the league went head-over-heels into a pass-happy business, Kubiak and Houston passed 58 percent of the time in both 2009 and 2010. And this was with Matt Schaub under center–who was decent but not some passing Rembrandt.
In 22 years as an NFL offensive coordinator or head coach, there have only been six seasons where Kubiak’s team ran the football more than it passed. In other words, an offense under him has passed more than it ran in 73 percent of the time.
The 2019 Vikings ran the football on 48 percent of their offensive snaps. This was the fourth-most in the league. Minnesota will pass more in 2020 because that’s what Kubiak prefers and it’s what he has always done as a rule of thumb.
He was a quarterback for God’s sake.