Tom Pelissaro and Pro Football Talk are both reporting that Vikings offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak is leaning toward retirement, or is expected to retire.
The news comes as a bit of a surprise, but the long-time head coach and coordinator had said in his last press conference that he is ‘year-to-year’ at this stage of his coaching career, so that certainly left open the possibility of his retiring.
Given that the Vikings also took on Kubiak’s long-time position coaches- offensive line coach Rick Dennison, tight end coach Brian Pariani, and quarterbacks coach Klint Kubiak, there could be some additional fallout if Kubiak does indeed retire.
Of course both Klint Kubiak and Rick Dennison could be internal candidates for the offensive coordinator position, but other names such as Hue Jackson or Anthony Lynn are potential candidates as well.
In any case, should Kubiak indeed retire, it would force Mike Zimmer to name his sixth offensive coordinator in six years.
Kubiak led the Vikings offense to its best year since 2009 this season, third highest point total in team history, and most yards since 2004. Overall the offense finished 11th in points scored and 4th in yards this season.