Denver Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett has turned over play-calling duties to quarterbacks coach Klint Kubiak, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero first reported on Sunday morning.
Kubiak, 35, will make his play-calling debut for the Broncos against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday afternoon. He is the son of former Denver coach Gary Kubiak, who led the team to a Super Bowl 50 victory in 2015.
Hackett’s offense has struggled this season, scoring a league-low 14.6 points per game. If the offense improves with Kubiak calling plays and Hackett managing the overall team, Hackett will undoubtedly hope this decision could save his job.
Kubiak served as the Minnesota Vikings’ offensive coordinator last year and Minnesota scored an average of 25.0 points per game.
Kubiak got his start in coaching as an offensive quality control coach at Texas A&M in 2010. He later held a similar role with the Vikings from 2013-2014 before a one-year stint at Kansas and then a three-year run as an assistant with the Broncos as an offensive assistant.
Kubiak returned to Minnesota in 2019 and worked his way up from QBs coach to offensive coordinator. Kubiak was not retained after the Vikings fired former coach Mike Zimmer, and he landed in Denver this spring.
Kubiak will now aim to help the Broncos turn their offense around.