5 Things to Know About New Vikings Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Advisor Gary Kubiak

EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings have added a Super Bowl-winning coach to their staff.

Minnesota announced Monday that Gary Kubiak will be the team’s assistant head coach/offensive advisor going forward.

Kubiak spent the 2017 and 2018 seasons in Denver as a senior personnel advisor for the Broncos.

Here are five things to know about Kubiak:

1. He’s got four rings

Kubiak was a three-time Super Bowl champion while with the Broncos, including as Denver’s head coach in a 24-10 win in Super Bowl 50 against Carolina.

Kubiak also won back-to-back Super Bowls in 1997 and 1998 when he was the Broncos offensive coordinator. Denver’s offense ranked first in yards and points per game in 1997, and the Broncos were second in yards and third in points per game in 1998.

He earned his first Super Bowl ring in 1994 as the quarterbacks coach with the San Francisco 49ers.

2. Plenty of experience

Kubiak has nearly 10 years of head coaching experience in the NFL and has an 82-75 overall regular-season record.

He was the head coach in Houston for nearly eight seasons from 2006-2013 and went 61-64 while leading the Texans to a pair of AFC South titles and two playoff appearances.

Kubiak then spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons as the head coach in Denver, compiling a 21-11 record.

3. The Kubiak clan

Kubiak’s three sons are all involved in football, including his oldest son, Klint, who has joined the Vikings as the quarterbacks coach.

Klint spent the previous three seasons with the Broncos as an offensive assistant and quarterbacks coach. Kubiak’s son Klay is the head coach of Strake Jesuit College Preparatory school in Dallas, and his other son, Klein, is a scout for the Broncos.

4. A solid playing career

Kubiak played in 119 career games for the Broncos after being an eighth-round pick by Denver in the 1983 NFL Draft.

Kubiak, who made five starts, completed 173 of 298 career passes (58.1 percent) for 1,920 yards with 14 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.

He was 3-2 as a starting quarterback with the Broncos.

5. Surrounded by legends

Kubiak has consistently been associated with legendary quarterbacks during his time in the NFL.

He was John Elway’s backup for nine seasons in Denver and was later Elway’s offensive coordinator with the Broncos from 1995 to 1998. Elway was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

Kubiak was then hired by Elway as Denver’s head coach in 2015. The former teammates linked up to win a Super Bowl with Peyton Manning under center.

Manning ranks first in league history with 539 touchdown passes and is second all-time with 71,940 passing yards, and will be a surefire first-ballot Hall of Famer.

Kubiak also coached Hall of Famer Steve Young in 1994 with the 49ers. Young put together the best season of his career under Kubiak as he threw for 3,969 yards with 35 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while completing 70.3 percent of his passes.

Young’s 1994 passer rating of 112.8 ranks 10th all-time for a single season. The top nine ratings have all come since 2004.

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