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Jets Rumors: NYJ Eye Broncos' Klint Kubiak, Bills' Joe Brady for OC Job

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 22, 2023

Denver Broncos quarterbacks coach Klint Kubiak takes part in drills Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at the NFL football team's headquarters in Centennial, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
AP Photo/David Zalubowski

The New York Jets will interview Klint Kubiak for their vacant offensive coordinator position on Sunday, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

New York also requested permission to interview Buffalo Bills quarterback coach Joe Brady, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

The Jets are seeking a replacement for Mike LaFleur after the two sides mutually parted ways following a 7-10 season. The team finished 29th in the NFL in points scored while ranking 25th in total yards lats season.

Kubiak was the Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator in 2021 before becoming the Denver Broncos quarterback coach and passing game coordinator last season.

Last season was a disaster for the Broncos, which had the worst offense in the NFL with just 16.9 points scored per game. The team acquired quarterback Russell Wilson in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks, but the nine-time Pro Bowler set career lows in passing touchdowns (16), passer rating (84.4) and completion percentage (60.5).

Kubiak's time with the Vikings was more successful, leading an offense that averaged 25 points per game in 2021, although the squad finished 8-9 under head coach Mike Zimmer. The squad went 13-4 under new head coach Kevin O'Connell this year, with Kirk Cousins and Justin Jefferson leading one of the league's top passing attacks.

Klint Kubiak is the son of Gary Kubiak, the former Houston Texans and Denver Broncos head coach who won the Super Bowl with the Broncos in 2016.

Jets head coach Robert Saleh spent much of his early NFL career under Gary Kubiak, working as a defensive quality control coach and assistant linebackers coach with the Texans from 2006 to 2010.

Gary Kubiak is also a disciple of Mike Shanahan, while Saleh worked for Kyle Shanahan with the San Francisco 49ers.

Brady doesn't have any connection to the current staff, but he spent parts of two seasons as the Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator in 2020-21 before landing with the Bills this year. He also notably worked under Sean Payton with the New Orleans Saints and was the passing game coordinator for LSU during the team's national title run in 2019.

This hire is an important one for the Jets, which are seeking their first playoff appearance since 2010. The defense is already elite, ranking fourth in both points and yards allowed this year, but the offense must do its part to take the team to the next level.

With exciting young playmakers like Garrett Wilson, Breece Hall and Elijah Moore, plus the intention to find a new quarterback in the offseason, this could be a coveted opening.