Dennis Allen explains why new OC Klint Kubiak can turn Saints offense into a top unit

The New Orleans Saints recently hired Klint Kubiak as the team’s new offensive coordinator. Head coach Dennis Allen explains why Kubiak is the right guy.

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The New Orleans Saints will enter the 2024 NFL season with a new offensive coordinator for the first time since 2009. From 2009 to 2023, Pete Carmichael Jr. served as the team’s offensive coordinator. New Orleans decided that it was time to move on after the 2023 season. Now, Carmichael has reunited with Sean Payton in Denver and the Saints have hired Klint Kubiak.

Kubiak, the son of former NFL head coach Gary Kubiak, has been coaching in the NFL since 2013 and is regarded as a talented assistant coach. His reputation is part of the reason why Saints head coach Dennis Allen felt that Kubiak was the obvious choice to be the team’s next offensive coordinator.

Speaking with Steve Wyche and James Palmer on The NFL Report, Allen explained that New Orleans went through an extensive search, interviewing 11 or 12 offensive coordinator candidates, diving into the scheme and personality of each candidate, and Kubiak was the one who stuck out.

Opening up about Kubiak’s personality, Allen said that he’s known Klint a long time and that he’s highly intelligent and an extremely hard worker. As for Klint Kubiak’s scheme, Allen argued, “this is the best scheme that gives your players the best chance to have success that’s going in the National Football League right now.”

Dennis Allen believes Klint Kubiak’s scheme gives Saints chance to have success

Fortunately for Kubiak, he isn’t inheriting a bottom-of-the-league offense like most new offensive coordinators do. In 2023, the Saints averaged 337.2 yards a game (14th in the league) and 23.6 points a game (9th in the league). Additionally, the offense has quality players like Alvin Kamara, Chris Olave, and Rashid Shaheed, and a solid quarterback in Derek Carr.

The offense did, however, struggle to run the ball and also struggled to turn red zone trips into touchdowns. Fixing the run game could solve both of those issues and that’s something that Kubiak is equipped to do. If the offense can evolve under Klint Kubiak like everyone thinks it can, the Saints will be a competitive team in 2024.