A move that has seemingly been in motion for weeks has been finalized on Monday. The New Orleans Saints are hiring Klint Kubiak as the team’s next offensive coordinator. Kubiak just finished up a stint as the San Francisco 49ers’ passing game coordinator, so the Saints had to wait until after the Super Bowl to make the move official.
Kubiak is the son of Gary Kubiak, the former NFL coach who had stints as the head coach of the Houston Texans and the Denver Broncos. The younger Kubiak, Klint, started his NFL coaching career back in 2013, as an offensive quality control coach for the Minnesota Vikings. From 2016 to 2018, Kubiak served as an offensive assistant for the Broncos, before returning to Minnesota to be the quarterbacks coach in 2019.
By 2021, Kubiak would become the offensive coordinator for the Vikings. After just one season, he would go back to Denver to be the passing game coordinator, before moving on to San Francisco to be the passing game coordinator there. Turning 37 years old on February 17, Kubiak is regarded as one of the most promising young assistant coaches in the NFL that several teams wanted. Fortunately for the Saints, he’s coming to New Orleans.
Saints hiring Klint Kubiak as offensive coordinator
Kubiak will inherit an offense that had ups and downs throughout the season. In 2023, New Orleans averaged 23.6 points a game (9th in the NFL) and 337.2 yards a game (14th in the NFL). Additionally, it was the Saints’ first season with Derek Carr at quarterback. Teams making changes at offensive coordinator are usually much worse off than that, so Kubiak doesn’t have to take the offense far.
Additionally, New Orleans has a talent like Alvin Kamara on the offensive side of the ball, as well as a young receiver like Chris Olave. While the Saints will likely lose Michael Thomas this offseason, they should still have Rashid Shaheed and AT Perry, who came on late last season. Kubiak will have some weapons to work with as New Orleans tries to get its offense back to the top of the NFL.