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49ers to hire second Kubiak brother to coaching staff, replacing top assistant [report]



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The San Francisco 49ers now have two Kubiaks on their staff.

According to Tom Pelissero, the 49ers are hiring Klint Kubiak to replace Bobby Slowik.

Slowik was the team’s offensive passing game coordinator. Klint Kubiak was the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Denver Broncos last season, and spent the three previous years with the Minnesota Vikings as a quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. He will likely be given a coordinator title.

He joins his brother, Klay Kubiak, the team’s assistant quarterbacks coach… barring a potential move to Houston on DeMeco Ryans’ staff.

If you thought the Mike/Matt LaFleur thing was hard to keep track of, good luck with this one.

It’s all part of a bizarre, nepotistic circle of coaching life.

Kyle Shanahan got his start with the father of both Kubiak brothers, Gary.

But it starts well before that.

Gary Kubiak got his start in the NFL as the 49ers’ quarterbacks coach under Mike Shanahan in 1994.

The elder Kubiak followed the elder Shanahan to Denver a year later, where Kubiak spent an entire decade as the Broncos’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

In 2006, Kubiak was hired as the Texans’ head coach. Joining him as a wide receivers coach was… Kyle Shanahan, fresh off two years working for Jon Gruden in Tampa Bay as an offensive quality control coach.

A year later, Kyle Shanahan moved up to quarterbacks coach, then offensive coordinator for two years before joining his father in Washington for an ill-fated four-year stretch.

Gary Kubiak, after being fired from Houston and spending a year as the Baltimore Ravens’ offensive coordinator, became the Broncos’ head coach in 2015, bringing the organization its first Super Bowl since Mike Shanahan’s stewardship.

After stepping down from that post in 2016, and a few years away from coaching, Gary and Klint Kubiak worked together for two years with the Vikings, before Gary retired in 2020.

Now, Klint Kubiak will join Kyle Shanahan, who got his start under Kubiak’s father, who got his start under Shanahan’s father… both of whom had their careers take off coaching with the San Francisco 49ers, won Super Bowls as head coach of the Denver Broncos, and now have sons coaching for the 49ers.

If you’re into numerology, there’s plenty to work with. If you’re into nepotism, there’s even more.