The New York Jets weren’t kidding when they discussed casting a wide net for their vacant offensive coordinator position.
On Sunday, January 22 NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero announced on Twitter that the Jets are interviewing Klint Kubiak for that very position.
A Clear Coaching Kubiak Connection for Jets
Klint Kubiak is the son of legendary coach Gary Kubiak.
Gary has won four combined Super Bowl titles serving as a head coach and an assistant for the San Francisco 49ers and the Denver Broncos.
In 2020 he retired after serving as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings.
The 61-year-old invested over 37 years of his life when you combine his playing and coaching career at the college and pro levels.
There was a thought that this offseason an NFL team could hire the Kubiak bunch as a package deal with both the father and son coming along for the ride.
According to Rich Cimini of ESPN, the elder Kubiak is expected to stay retired.
He has a relationship with Jets head coach Robert Saleh from their time together with the Houston Texans. If Gary were to come out of retirement he would have the perfect resume for the senior assistant role the Jets are seeking to fill this offseason.
Klint Kubiak Is a Very Interesting Name for the Jets
If the Jets determine Klint is the right guy for the job after speaking with him, then maybe they can turn their attention to his father to see if he can come on board.
It seems like Gary is happy in retirement, but the chance to coach with his son might be an opportunity that is too good to resist.
During their coaching careers, Klint only worked with his dad twice in an official capacity in 2016 with the Broncos and from 2019-20 with the Vikings.
Klint is 35 years old and started his coaching career back in 2010. During his 13-year coaching career to date, he has floated between the collegiate and professional levels.
Most recently he has served as the Vikings’ offensive coordinator in 2021 and this past season he was the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Broncos.
When the interview was announced on social media, fans seemed to be split with both positive and negative reactions.
A Twitter user said, “this the one right here!”
David Wyatt-Hutpon who covers the Jets independently said this would “only” be a good hire if he brings his father along with him as a “senior offensive voice.”
Some fans are concerned with all of the familial connections. It didn’t work well when Saleh went to his best friend’s brother for the OC job. Others are concerned that this potential Kubiak hire could be destined for a similar fate.
One fan was in that same boat saying there is way “too much nepotism” in the NFL and called his resume “awful” outside of his last name.