Gary Kubiak retires after 36 years in the NFL

Minnesota Vikings Offensive Coordinator/Assistant Head Coach Gary Kubiak has announced his retirement from the NFL. Kubiak retires having appeared in nine conference championship games and seven Super Bowls as a player or coach.

Kubiak has been part of four World Championship staffs during his career, most recently as the Head Coach of the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50.

In 10 seasons as a head coach with Houston and Denver, Kubiak had 87 wins including postseason games. Kubiak spent 36 seasons in the NFL, playing for nine and 27 in coaching and personnel. Gary Kubiak has issued the following statement:

“It’s been the honor of my lifetime to work for 36 seasons as an NFL player and coach. I’ve been on a football field for most of my life, and now I look forward to stepping away from the game and enjoying more time with my family and friends. I offer my sincere thanks to the owners and fans of the Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers for giving me opportunities to be a part of this great game and for treating me and my family so well over the years. I’ll miss the competition, the planning, game days and being part of a team. But, more than anything, I’ll cherish the friendships I’ve made along the way with players, coaches and staff. I love the game of football and will forever be its biggest fan.

Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer has issued the following statement on the retirement of Gary Kubiak:

“Gary did a tremendous job with us at the Vikings over the past two seasons. I have a great deal of respect for him as a coach and as a person, and I’m glad I was able to coach with him. He has had one heck of an NFL career as a player, assistant coach and head coach, and I am really happy for Gary and his wife Rhonda as they head off to their ranch. We will all miss Gary at the Vikings organization and wish him the very best.”

Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman has issued the following statement on the retirement of Gary Kubiak:

“Gary Kubiak is leaving an impressive legacy in the NFL, and his impact will be shown for decades to come in the players he’s guided and the coaches he’s mentored. There’s not a better man in our business than Gary. The entire Vikings organization appreciates what Gary did for us and what he has meant to the game.”

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Vikings’ Cousins on defeating Broncos: ‘It was a special win’

Down 20-0 at halftime, it seemed that the Minnesota Vikings were on their way to a very disappointing loss to the Denver Broncos at home, but fortunately for the Vikings, the team woke up in the second half, and they were able to defeat the Broncos 27-23 on Sunday.

After taking the lead in the fourth quarter, the Minnesota faithful had to sweat this one out. Denver was able to move the ball down to Minnesota’s 4-yard line with 10 seconds left and no timeouts, but the Vikings’ defense stiffened, and Minnesota was able to escape with the victory. 

“It was an exciting game, obviously. It’s nice to come back,” Vikings head Mike Zimmer said. “Showed a lot of heart, showed a lot of guts, showed a lot of courage. Obviously, we didn’t play very well in the first half. We had penalties, fumbles, gave up big plays. Just did not play very well. But we came together, we fought pretty darn good in the second half and made just enough plays to win.”

One of the reasons the Vikings were able to make a comeback was QB Kirk Cousins(29-35, 319 yards, 3 TDs), who threw three touchdown passes in the second half, including the game-winner to TE Kyle Rudolph.

“It was a special win,” Vikings QB Kirk Cousins said. “Like you said, it’s not common to do it. It wasn’t looking good there, but we kept playing and got enough explosives and scored fast enough to have time on the clock, and our defense only allowed three points in the second half, which is crucial to any comeback, and that often gets lost in a comeback is how much your defense keeps you in it when you’re down. So obviously, then, the final plays they made in the red zone were enormous as well.”

According to ESPN.com, this was the first time in five years — a span of 100 games including the playoffs — that an NFL team won after trailing by 20 or more points at halftime.

Great win for Vikings, and while they need to play better moving forward, they get the win, they move to 8-3, and now it’s off to enjoy the bye.