Klint Kubiak – Offensive Coordinator
Klint Kubiak is easily the most disappointing member of the Vikings from the game against the Ravens and his play-calling is the No. 1 reason why Minnesota lost on Sunday.
Kubiak’s been in a slump during the last few weeks, calling ultra-conservative plays, and that style reared its ugly head again in Baltimore, ultimately leading to a futile offensive attack that couldn’t move the ball consistently, and kept the defense on the field way too long.
Things started off great for Kubiak and the Vikings offense as they often do. Minnesota was able to move the ball down the field and they scored when Kirk Cousins went deep to Justin Jefferson on third down.
That has been the norm for the Vikings offense this season, as they have no problem moving the ball when they have a scripted series of plays. It’s when things get hairy that Kubiak tends to fold.
The entire second half was a disgrace. Minnesota, again, opted for screens and runs while forgetting to throw the ball down the field. This led to several 3-and-outs and kept the defense on the field. While they fought valiantly, the Vikings’ defense eventually tired out, and the Ravens were able to get back into the game because of it.
Kubiak’s biggest failure was in overtime. After linebacker Anthony Barr made what should’ve been a game-saving interception, Minnesota’s offense then went 3-and-out. After the team had to call a timeout, Kubiak called a screen to Dalvin Cook, a run, and then a pass to no one.
The Vikings offensive coordinator should’ve sensed the blood in the water and taken some shots. His cowardice, again, cost Minnesota a victory and if Mike Zimmer doesn’t get fired because of it, then Kubiak should take the blame and be let go.
Kubiak’s inept play-calling is completely unacceptable and it’s the reason the Vikings have lost two straight. There are too many weapons on Minnesota’s offense to be having such poor performances, and that comes down to the man calling the plays. He needs to be held accountable.