Klint Kubiak failed to win a Super Bowl ring as the San Francisco 49ers fell to the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime on Sunday, but the coach has landed a new job. The Niners passing game coordinator has reached an agreement with the New Orleans Saints to become the team’s next offensive coordinator, according to NFL Media. It was a move that was long thought of after San Francisco’s playoff run and the Saints quickly worked to secure him less than 24 hours after the conclusion of Super Bowl LVIII.
Kubiak, 36, had been the 49ers’ offensive passing game specialist, one of the top assistant positions under head coach Kyle Shanahan. While Shanahan is generally considered the mastermind behind San Francisco’s vaunted offense, which included two MVP candidates in Brock Purdy and Christian McCaffrey this season, Kubiak is just the latest in a growing list of assistants to spark outside interest in their role on the team. The 49ers attack. Mike McDaniel (now head coach of the Miami Dolphins) and Bobby Slowik (Houston Texans OC) are recent Shanahan assistants to justify promotions, with Slowik now holding Kubiak’s old title in 2022.
Before joining the 49ers in 2023, Kubiak spent 2022 as the Denver Broncos’ quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator, serving as the primary play-caller at the end of that year. He previously spent three seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, first as QBs coach (2019-20) and then as OC in 2021, when QB Kirk Cousins was among the four offensive starters to earn Pro Bowl honors. He is also the son of former Broncos and Texans head coach Gary Kubiak, who led Denver to a Super Bowl 50 victory in 2015.
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Kubiak is expected to replace Pete Carmichael Jr. in New Orleans. The latter was the longest-tenured OC in the NFL from 2009 to 2023, spending 15 seasons under Sean Payton and Dennis Allen with the Saints, and was fired after that season. Kubiak will now look to improve an offense that ranked in the bottom half of the league in yards per play (5.1) in 2023, while also ranking in the middle of the pack on both third down (conversion rate of 38 .72%) and the effectiveness of the red zone. (touchdown rate of 53.3%).