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Petzing, Kubiak Excited to Lead Key Spots in Vikings Offense

EAGAN, Minn. — A pair of familiar coaches with previous history with the Vikings will be leading two of the most important offensive positions in 2019.

Drew Petzing was recently named the Vikings wide receivers coach after spending five seasons as an assistant working with running backs, quarterbacks and wide receivers.

Klint Kubiak, meanwhile, has returned to Minnesota as the quarterbacks coach. Kubiak was an offensive assistant with the Vikings in 2013-14, including Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer's first year at the helm.

Both coaches met with the Twin Cities media on Thursday afternoon and expressed their excitement about helping the Vikings offense going forward.

"It's a really exciting opportunity," Petzing said of his promotion. "Obviously, this organization from the top down has been great to work for.

"As a young coach, you're always looking for a good opportunity to work with good people, and I think that's what I've been able to have here, and I'm glad it's worked out," Petzing added. "It's going to continue to work out. Anytime you're around great people, it's a lot of fun."

Added Kubiak: "Coach Zimmer is just tough as nails, so he's the kind of guy that you want to work for. As a player, he's the kind of demeanor that you want to emulate. I just love getting to be with him again. He's a top-notch guy."

Petzing will be charged with helping wide receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs continue their recent run of success.

Thielen has made back-to-back Pro Bowls with 204 receptions for 2,649 yards and 13 touchdowns over the past two seasons, while Diggs had his best season in 2018 with 1,021 yards and nine scores.

Petzing said perhaps the best trait about the duo is that their work ethic matches their talent.

"They are two of the most coachable players I've been around," Petzing said. "I was in the [wide receiver] room for three years prior to working with the quarterbacks last year. Even as an assistant in that room, they were always asking advice or looking for different techniques and different ways to think about the game.

"I think that's only going to continue. I have a great relationship with those guys, and the rest of the room, so I'm excited," Petzing added. "Anytime you get in a room with guys that can play at that level and care about the game the way they do, it's a lot of fun."

Petzing said that depth behind Diggs and Thielen at wide receiver is a priority, whether it's current players or ones who might be added over the next few months.

"The one thing, and we look for this in guys we have on the roster and guys we don't, is guys who are going to come in and work hard," Petzing said. "Whether that's big, small, tall … we're not going to worry too much about that.

"We want guys that are going to buy into our system, work extremely hard, learn the system and perform at a high level," Petzing added. "Depth, however that may come, can come in different [areas] … it can come in the draft, free agency, it doesn't matter. [We want] guys who are going to fit who we are and what we want."

Kubiak also isn't a stranger to the Vikings, but he noted Thursday that the digs at Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center are quite the upgrade over Winter Park.

"It's been incredible. This place is great," Kubiak said. "Where you work at doesn't really matter; it's just the work that gets done. But this is special."

The 32-year-old Kubiak will coach the signal-callers, a group that is led by Kirk Cousins.

The quarterback had 425 completions on 606 attempts (70.1 percent) for 4,298 yards (second in team history) with 30 touchdowns and 10 interceptions for a passer rating of 99.7 (fourth in team history) in his first season in Purple.

"The main job is to get him to play best, at a high level, to win the game, to teach him the game plan, teach him the concepts," Kubiak said of Cousins. "In the offseason, get him comfortable with our scheme so that he can perform at his highest level on Sunday."

Kubiak, who is entering his sixth season in the NFL, spent the previous three seasons in Denver.

Kubiak's father, Gary, is also on Minnesota's coaching staff as the assistant head coach/offensive advisor.