Gary Kubiak suggested as possible head coach for Texans in 2021

(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) Gary Kubiak
(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) Gary Kubiak /

Would the Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator return to being a head coach?

Prior to joining the Minnesota Vikings in 2018, Gary Kubiak spent a good portion of his time as an NFL head coach.

From 2006 to 2013, Kubiak was the head coach of the Houston Texans and then in 2015 and 2016, he was the guy in charge for the Denver Broncos. With him as their head coach, Kubiak’s teams won 52.2 percent of their games, earned three trips to the playoffs, and one even ended their season with a Super Bowl win.

At 59-years-old, Kubiak is now the offensive coordinator for the Vikings and he’s been calling the plays for a unit that currently ranks ninth in the league in total yards.

Could the Minnesota Vikings play-caller leave for a head coaching opportunity?

In 2019, Kubiak said that his interest in becoming a head coach again is no longer there. But that hasn’t prevented others from suggesting the current Minnesota offensive coordinator as a possible head coach for other teams around the NFL.

During a recent episode of the Bleav in Texans Podcast, former Vikings defensive tackle Henry Thomas threw out Kubiak’s name as a possibility to be Houston’s new head coach in 2021.

Thomas, a Houston native, believes that the successful track record of Kubiak’s offensive system is something that could help the Texans get back to being a top team in the AFC again. Especially since he would have an elite quarterback to work with in Houston’s Deshaun Watson.

It’s an interesting thought, but Kubiak is really enjoying his current role as an assistant on Minnesota’s coaching staff, and he hasn’t expressed any recent interest in getting back to the stresses of being a head coach.

Kubiak’s tenure as a head coach is something that actually had a tremendous impact on his health. So getting back to that strenuous lifestyle is something that he has shied away from since stepping down as the Broncos head coach in 2017.

It’s a unique idea from Thomas and Kubiak is someone who might actually be able to turn the Texans around. But it would be pretty shocking if the current Vikings offensive coordinator ever took a head coaching job again during the rest of his tenure in the NFL.