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Klint Kubiak commends Kyle Shanahan after departing 49ers for Saints

Feb 15, 2024 at 8:10 AM--

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Klint Kubiak is among several assistant coaches departing the San Francisco 49ers for opportunities elsewhere. He will serve as the New Orleans Saints' offensive coordinator after his stint as the 49ers' offensive passing game specialist.

Kubiak only spent one season with the 49ers. Of course, it's unsurprising to see the considerable interest in head coach Kyle Shanahan's coaching staff, given the success many of his proteges have found across the league.

Upon his departure, Kubiak had nothing but praise for his time working under Shanahan.

"Just being here a year, my experience is, Kyle really lets you into his brain in his game plan meetings," Kubiak shared with Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated. "He's thinking out loud in what he's looking for and what he wants to attack, the players he wants to attack certain coverages with. He's such a bright coach. Just to be around him, you soak in things that are important to him and things he uses to make decisions. I would say he's very forthcoming with his assistants, and he also is very challenging with us. He demands a lot out of us and gets the most out of us."

Joining Shanahan's staff proved to be a valuable experience for Kubiak, who previously served as the offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings during the 2021 season. Facing the pressures of working within the 49ers building has left him feeling better equipped for any challenges ahead.

"There's pressure, but what I've found is it's good pressure," Kubiak said. "You better have a Plan A, a Plan B and a Plan C, and you better know why you're bringing up what you're bringing up. It's all for the right reasons. It's all for the quarterback to get the most successful play you can give him with the most answers. It's been a really eye-opening experience, a really positive experience. I'm just lucky to be a part of it."

Moving on from Shanahan's staff, Kubiak joins the New Orleans staff, run by head coach Dennis Allen.

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