Super Bowl-winning coach Gary Kubiak will officially return to the NFL in 2020. The Minnesota Vikings announced on Thursday that he will be the offensive coordinator for the team.
The NFL’s Ian Rapoport took to Twitter to announce the Vikings’ decision on Thursday morning.
The #Vikings are turning to a familiar face for their new OC: Gary Kubiak, who has been an assistant head coach and offensive advisor, is taking over as the offensive coordinator, sources say. His impact was felt quickly in Minnesota and now he sticks around.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 23, 2020
Kubiak was a head coach twice in his long NFL career. From 2006 to 2013 he coached the Houston Texans to two AFC South titles and Divisional Round games. As head coach in Denver, he led the Broncos to a Super Bowl 50 victory in his first year. With the win, he became the first person in NFL history to win a Super Bowl as a player and as a coach for the same team.
After the 2016 season, Kubiak stepped down as head coach, citing health issues. He stayed away from the NFL coaching ranks until Thursday, when he agreed to take the coordinator role with the Vikings. Reportedly, he almost took a position with the Broncos again before the 2019 season before they hired Vic Fangio as head coach.
The Vikings finished 10-6, and second in the NFC North in 2019. They shocked the 13-3 New Orleans Saints in the Wild Card Round before being beaten in the Divisional Round by the eventual NFC Super Bowl representative San Francisco 49ers.
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