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Gary Kubiak Joins Vikings as Offensive Adviser, Leaves Broncos

Kyle NewportJanuary 15, 2019

Gary Kubiak has agreed to join the Minnesota Vikings' staff.

The team announced Monday that Kubiak has been hired as the assistant head coach/offensive adviser, while his son Klint is the new quarterbacks coach.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Kevin Stefanski will remain as the offensive coordinator.

This comes after a surprising turn of events in Denver for Kubiak.

When Vic Fangio was hired as the Denver Broncos' head coach in early January, he let it be known, per the Denver Post's Ryan O'Halloran, that he was open to having Kubiak on his staff. However, Schefter later reported that Kubiak and the Broncos were going in different directions as the result of having "different ideas on staffing and offensive philosophies."

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport noted that Kubiak's desire to include coaches he was familiar with on the coaching staff proved problematic.

Ultimately, though, Kubiak has been given a new opportunity in Minnesota.

After spending more than two decades in the profession, the 57-year-old stepped away from coaching in January 2017 due to health reasons. That ended a two-year run as head coach of the Broncos in which he went 21-11, winning Super Bowl 50 in 2015-16.

Kubiak also had an eight-year run as the head coach of the Houston Texans, when he went 61-64 with two playoff appearances from 2006-13. Not only that, but he has experience serving as the offensive coordinator for both the Broncos (1995-2005) and the Baltimore Ravens (2014).

With quite the track record, Schefter reported on Jan. 12 that Kubiak was drawing plenty of interest from around the league.

Kubiak will now use this change of scenery as a chance to show that he is still more than capable of being an effective assistant as the Vikings look to improve their offense in 2019 and beyond.

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I don't know if Kubiak will be a great addition to the Vikings or not but one thing is for sure, this will only make things even more of a challange for Fangio in Denver.  He will now face the same type of situation as Fox and Lovie in his first try as a HC.  A great defensive mind needing a counterpart to run his offense for him.
 

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PapaBear.OR wrote:

I don't know if Kubiak will be a great addition to the Vikings or not but one thing is for sure, this will only make things even more of a challange for Fangio in Denver.  He will now face the same type of situation as Fox and Lovie in his first try as a HC.  A great defensive mind needing a counterpart to run his offense for him.
 

I agree with you to a certain point, I have read in several articles that many think Kubiaks offensive scheme is dated and no longer relevant in todays NFL. So maybe Vic dodge a bullet and here is to the Vikes becoming predictable and dated in their offensive scheme! Or should I say more predictable!?

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The Kubiak Package Deal
By [email protected] Jan 15, 2019, 7:50am CST

When I first read of Gary Kubiak being signed by the Vikings in a ‘senior offensive role’, I thought it was a good hire. Kubiak has a lot of experience to bring to the table and could be a good resource for Kevin Stefanski as offensive coordinator.

But as further details became available, I became a bit more skeptical of what was being put forward as a “package deal.” The “package deal” is said to include Kubiak’s son Klint, who will serve as QB coach, and Brian Pariani as TE coach - both of whom have since been hired by the Vikings as well, with Gary Kubiak as Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Advisor. The other as yet un-hired coach reported to be in the package is Rick Dennison, who would serve as offensive line coach.

The package deal reminded me of DVD/digital movie packages where you get one good movie, and a couple not so good ones, for a bargain package price. The problem is that a couple of the movies aren’t worth anything on their own, and you probably won’t watch. And so the package deal isn’t such a good one after all.

And so while Gary Kubiak may be a good hire as offensive advisor, there is a cronyism/nepotism aspect to the package deal that I’m none too sure about. In particular:

Gary’s son Klint is to be QB coach, but outside of six weeks coaching Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch to a 2-4 record to end the season in 2016, Klint Kubiak has never coached QBs before. He has coached with the Vikings several years ago as the offensive quality control / assistant WR coach - and apparently became friends with Kevin Stefanski during this time - but otherwise not much of a resume as a QB coach - apart from presumably being able to learn from his old man. Not sure what he’s got to offer Kirk Cousins.
Brian Pariani is signed as TE coach. He has basically followed Gary Kubiak, and coached TEs from 1995-2004 in Denver, and again in 2015-16.
Rick Dennison is also reportedly to follow and complete the Kubiak package as offensive line coach. Dennison has also mostly followed Kubiak, and reportedly Kubiak’s insistence on bringing Dennison (and possibly Pariani) back to Denver was the reason the Broncos and John Elway decided to part ways with Kubiak- sending him on his way to Minnesota. He’s most recently been with Buffalo (2017) as a one-year OC, and the Jets (2018) where he is OL/Run game coach. He was also OC for the Broncos in 2015-16. His track record is not good at any of these last stops.

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Looks like all is not as it seems in Minny! LOL

Looking forward to the downward spiral that will be the Vikings.

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Lions announce hiring of ex-Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell as their new offensive coordinator
Bevell was the Seahawks' offensive coordinator for seven years

by Jared Dubin
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The Detroit Lions have found their replacement for Jim Bob Cooter. The Lions announced on Wednesday that they've hired Darrell Bevell to serve as the offensive coordinator on Matt Patricia's coaching staff. 

Bevell was out of football last season after being fired as the offensive coordinator of the Seahawks in January 2018. He served as Seattle's offensive coordinator from 2011 through 2017, notably helping the team build one of the best run games and most efficient offenses in football during that time, as well as winning a Super Bowl.

His offensive scheming came under fire toward the end of his tenure, however, and he drew heavy criticism for calling a pass play at the goal line rather than handing the ball to Marshawn Lynch during the Seahawks' Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots. 

Prior to joining the Seahawks, Bevell spent five years as the Vikings' offensive coordinator, a job he won after six years coaching quarterbacks with the Packers. Bevell's run-heavy philosophy seems to align with the philosophy of Patricia, who wants to run a ball-control style offense. 

General manager Bob Quinn, according to ESPN.com, stated that the team was looking for a coordinator who would adapt his offense to the defense in front of him. 

"We need to do a better job of going into each week looking at the opponent and say, 'How are we going to beat this team?' If they have a great run defense and a poor pass defense, maybe we throw it 45 times and vice versa," Quinn said. "So, we want someone that thinks that way. That thinks that, 'Hey, I have an offense, but my offense is adaptable. I can change week-to-week, or I can change from this week I have this set of receivers, and two weeks later I don't.'"

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I wonder if Bevell regrets not taking the HC job in Chicago? He will now have to think about that career move twice a year now.

Having a lot of tools does not make you a Carpenter.  -Vic Fangio

 

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2018 grades: Kirk Cousins' first Vikings season busted when it mattered most

The Vikings collectively failed during Kirk Cousins' first season in Minnesota, with the team ranking 19th in scoring and 26th in both third downs and in red zone performance.
By Andrew Krammer
January 15, 2019 — 7:54am

Kirk Cousins might as well have had a cavalcade surrounding him when he arrived last spring proclaimed as the Vikings’ missing piece to reach an elusive Super Bowl. Cousins, who started consecutive games 50-65 this season, decried the notion every step of the way.

Already an established quarterback with an early playoff exit, Cousins entered the 2018 season saying everybody needed to play well and he, in order to be mentioned among greats, needed to overcome whatever deficiencies weighed them down. With Cousins, the Vikings collectively failed in his first season while ranking 19th in scoring and 26th in both third downs and the red zone.

Grades are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with ‘5’ marking excellence, ‘4’ for above-average, ‘3’ for average, ‘2’ for below-average and ‘1’ for failure to perform. Players that did not accrue a season (weren’t on the active roster for at least six weeks) or played in three games or fewer are not graded. Below are individual grades, based on game and practice observations, weekly film reviews and interviews with coaches, for three quarterbacks who finished the season on the Vikings’ active roster, injured reserve or practice squad. Unofficial NFL stats, such as QB pressures, missed tackles and targeted passes, are compiled by ProFootballFocus.com.

Previously: (Defensive backs) Harrison Smith leads a deep secondary; (Linebackers) Anthony Barr’s contract season leaves you wanting more; (Defensive linemen) Danielle Hunter’s name now among the NFL’s best

Kirk Cousins (3.0) — One of six handpicked team captains. Signed a three-year, $84 million contract, the NFL’s first fully guaranteed of its magnitude, and was immediately tasked with orchestrating an evolving offense behind a patchwork offensive line. Didn’t miss a down. Played 1,051 snaps [100%]. Led the Vikings to chances at six wins in the first seven games, but fell short at Green Bay and Los Angeles due to late turnovers as well as kicking and defensive problems. Threw for career highs in completion percentage (70.1) and touchdowns (30). Played well in early road trips to Green Bay, L.A. and Philadelphia, overcoming frequent pressure with big-time throws. Backed up to his own five-yard line, Cousins had Fletcher Cox in his face when he threw a perfect 35-yard touch pass to Adam Thielen, who ran the rest of the 68-yard gain.

Cousins was one of the NFL’s best deep passers despite ranking 13th in long balls thrown and 25th in how often they were attempted (10.6%). He gives the Vikings a quarterback capable of throwing a 65-yard bomb like this touchdown to Stefon Diggs. Coaches aim to improve some inconsistent mechanics, but when he’s right he can flash a strong arm with downfield precision.

Only three quarterbacks, Patrick Mahomes, Ben Roethlisberger and Russell Wilson, had more deep touchdown passes than Cousins’ 13.

But Cousins’ play under pressure, a reason why the Vikings sat at 5-3-1 entering the Week 10 bye, fell off upon returning from the bye to play in Chicago. He was the NFL’s third-rated passer under pressure (91.5 rating) in Weeks 1-9. His rating under pressured dropped to 22nd (69.5) in Weeks 11-17, when the Vikings had four games against three top scoring defenses in Chicago, New England and Seattle and Mike Zimmer fired coordinator John DeFilippo.

Shortening the play calls was one change under Kevin Stefanski, which is not a small adjustment considering their spotty hurry-up offense.

Slow starts also anchored the offense after the bye. Five of the last seven games began with a three-and-out series.

Turnovers were Cousins’ undoing. Only two quarterbacks in Josh Rosen (19 turnovers) and Ben Roethlisberger (18) had more turnovers than Cousins’ 17. He lost a career-high and NFL-leading seven fumbles, including two to start the Week 3 loss to Buffalo. Some interceptions were a product of miscommunication, like Stefon Diggs’ stopped route against New Orleans and Kyle Rudolph watching the ball sail overhead in Chicago. Some were simply boneheaded plays, like Eddie Jackson’s pick six in Chicago when Diggs was open in the flat but Cousins threw to a covered Laquon Treadwell.

The timing compounded the turnovers. Cousins led the NFL with eight turnovers in the fourth quarter and overtime, tied with Denver’s Case Keenum and Detroit’s Matthew Stafford, according to Pro Football Reference. Three of five defensive touchdowns attributed to Cousins came in the second half of key losses against the Saints, Bears and Seahawks.

Cousins was candid about his need to better improvise when plays break down, which they too often did in 2018. Any extra emphasis didn’t produce much in results as Cousins scrambled for few first downs this season. Held to a career-low 132 passing yards in the season finale loss against the Bears, which began with four consecutive three-and-outs.

An inability to overcome deficits (0-7-1 when tied or trailing at halftime) was a critical problem. Cousins was the NFL’s only quarterback to start every game this season and not have at least one game-winning drive. His closest attempt, in Green Bay, was emblematic of the season as one cylinder fired properly in Cousins, but another, rookie kicker Daniel Carlson, did not.

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Packers Morning Buzz: Offensive linemen lament James Campen's departure

Stu Courtney Packers News
Published 2:09 PM EST Jan 16, 2019

Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com.

The Packers introduced Matt LaFleur as their new head coach Wednesday, and he has spent the last several days trying to assemble a coaching staff while watching some longtime assistants depart.

We'll start with Jason Wilde writing for the Wisconsin State Journal about longtime Packers offensive line coach James Campen, who was allowed to sign on with the Browns.

Wilde writes:

After 15 years on the Packers’ staff — tied for the longest tenure for an assistant in the club’s 100-year history — Campen was told by new head coach Matt LaFleur that the team was going another direction with the offensive line coaching position, and that he was free to pursue other opportunities. So Campen did — even though he wanted to stay in Green Bay, according to multiple sources close to Campen.

“Honestly, I feel so lucky to have come in the league and have had James Campen as my coach right off the bat,” center Corey Linsley wrote in an iMessage while on a trip to Iceland with his wife, Anna. “In addition to him having played center and being able to help me personally, he is unbelievably passionate about the game itself. And that passion is contagious.

“But beyond that, he’s a hell of a man who cares deeply about every single one of his guys. I’m going to miss him a lot.”

Added veteran right tackle Bryan Bulaga: “Coach Campen is a great football coach and he will be missed in our room. He’s been my coach since I was a rookie and has been a huge reason why I am the player I am today — not only because of his instruction but because of the trust and freedom he lets his guys play with.”

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PapaBear.OR wrote:

I don't know if Kubiak will be a great addition to the Vikings or not but one thing is for sure, this will only make things even more of a challange for Fangio in Denver.  He will now face the same type of situation as Fox and Lovie in his first try as a HC.  A great defensive mind needing a counterpart to run his offense for him.
 

I agree with you to a certain point, I have read in several articles that many think Kubiaks offensive scheme is dated and no longer relevant in todays NFL. So maybe Vic dodge a bullet and here is to the Vikes becoming predictable and dated in their offensive scheme! Or should I say more predictable!?

I mean could it get more predictable?  They hired a hotshot to take over and then Zimmer wouldn't actually let him run his offense... so Zimmer put his buddy in place and the offense looked pretty good against bad defenses... so I am good with them bringing in someone else who uses a dated system...

As for Fangio... I feel more bad that he's stuck with John Elway making personel decisions for him... he is about to get saddled with Drew Lock... and no one wants that... other than Elway and his choices for QBs hasn't been top notch so far...

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The Shadow wrote:

 

PapaBear.OR wrote:

I don't know if Kubiak will be a great addition to the Vikings or not but one thing is for sure, this will only make things even more of a challange for Fangio in Denver.  He will now face the same type of situation as Fox and Lovie in his first try as a HC.  A great defensive mind needing a counterpart to run his offense for him.
 

I agree with you to a certain point, I have read in several articles that many think Kubiaks offensive scheme is dated and no longer relevant in todays NFL. So maybe Vic dodge a bullet and here is to the Vikes becoming predictable and dated in their offensive scheme! Or should I say more predictable!?

I mean could it get more predictable?  They hired a hotshot to take over and then Zimmer wouldn't actually let him run his offense... so Zimmer put his buddy in place and the offense looked pretty good against bad defenses... so I am good with them bringing in someone else who uses a dated system...

As for Fangio... I feel more bad that he's stuck with John Elway making personel decisions for him... he is about to get saddled with Drew Lock... and no one wants that... other than Elway and his choices for QBs hasn't been top notch so far...

What? You didn't like the Brock Osweiler pick? He is 3-0 versus the Bears.....j/s

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Luke Getsy returns to Packers as quarterbacks coach

Posted by Mike Florio on January 29, 2019, 9:13 PM EST

Matt LaFleur’s first staff in Green Bay will include a coach who had served as part of Mike McCarthy’s coaching staff.

The Packers have announced that Luke Getsy will serve as quarterbacks coach.

Getsy spent 2018 as the offensive coordinator and receivers coach at Mississippi State. Before that, he worked foe the Packers for four years, starting out as a quality control coach before becoming the team’s receivers coach in 2016 and 2017.

Before joining the Packers the first time around, Getsy spent seven seasons coaching at the collegiate level, working at Akron, West Virginia Wesleyan, Pitt, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Western Michigan.

Having a lot of tools does not make you a Carpenter.  -Vic Fangio

 

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