Report: Carolina Panthers to interview Vikings OC Klint Kubiak
Klint Kubiak is expected to speak with the Carolina Panthers for their opening as offensive coordinator, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
Kubiak, who remains under contract with the Vikings, is almost guaranteed to be sacked by the Vikings once a new general manager and head coach is in place – and with him he is said to have interviewed for a side-shift transfer says that his stay in Minnesota is over. .
Under Kubiak this season – his first as an offensive coordinator – the Vikings were 12th in total yards, 11th in passing yards, 17th in rushing yards and 14th in points. But despite ranking in the top half of the league in those categories, Kubiak’s playing appeal was constantly criticized by fans and his head coach, Mike Zimmer.
After the Vikings’ resounding defeat to the Packers in Week 17 at Lambeau Field, Zimmer expressed frustration with Kubiak’s call-in, saying he wanted the Vikings to lead the ball more, despite a delay of 20-3 at halftime with a backup QB (Sean Mannion) starting in place of Kirk Cousins, who was on the COVID-19 roster.
“We ran the ball nine times yesterday and two quarterback runs. So we ran 11 times throughout the game, ”Zimmer said. “My frustration is that our best player is either [Justin] Jefferson or [Dalvin] Cook, and we’re playing with a backup quarterback and — no offense to Sean. [Mannion]- we throw the ball 45 times. “
For the record, just over five minutes into the third quarter, the Vikings were leading 27-3, so chasing the ball literally made no sense if the Vikings were to hope for a miraculous comeback.
Zimmer has since been fired.