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Broncos Target Dennison

Posted Jan 7, 2011

On Friday, Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway said the Broncos have asked for permission to talk to Texans Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Broncos have targeted another candidate in their head coaching search.

On Friday, Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway said via his Twitter account that the team has asked for permission to talk to Texans Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison.

"It's a very busy and exciting time," Elway wrote in a series of Tweets. "(We're) also in the process of refining our candidate list to determine who we'll speak with next week. I can tell you that we've reached out to the Texans regarding Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison and hope to speak with him soon."

Giants Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell and Broncos Interim Head Coach Eric Studesville, who will both meet with team officials on Sunday, remain the only candidates with scheduled interviews. Falcons Offensive Coordinator Mike Mularkey -- who had been scheduled to interview on Friday -- has decided not to interview at this time.

Dennison, a former Broncos linebacker who appeared in three Super Bowls in his nine seasons, has coached 16 seasons in the NFL, including four as an offensive coordinator. He served as special teams coach for both of Denver's Super Bowl-winning clubs, making him a part of five of the organization's six Super Bowl teams.

In all, Dennison spent 15 seasons on the Denver staff before moving on to Houston in 2010. His 24 combined years as a Broncos player and coach represents the longest tenure in franchise history.

In his first season with the Texans, Dennison's unit finished No. 3 in the NFL in total offense, averaging 386.6 yards per game.

That included a breakout campaign for Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster, who became the first undrafted player since Priest Holmes to win an NFL rushing title. Led by quarterback Matt Schaub and Pro Bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson, Houston also finished fourth in passing yards per game.

In Denver, Dennison helped lead one of the league's top offensive lines from 2001-2009. In that span, the team posted four of its top-10 single-season totals for rushing yards and total offense in club history and produced five individual 1,000-yard rushing seasons by four different players.

In his third and final season as offensive coordinator of the Broncos, the team finished with 6,333 yards of total offense -- good for second in the league that year and the second-highest total in team history.

Under Dennison's watch, current Broncos offensive linemen Ryan Harris and Ryan Clady earned All-Pro recognition in 2008 and 2009, respectively.

Dennison previously interviewed for the Broncos head coaching position after the 2008 season.

In a conference call with local media before Houston's Week 16 visit to Denver, Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak spoke highly of Dennison as a head coaching candidate, citing his extensive resume as a player and coach.

"I think Rick Dennison would be a tremendous head coach," Kubiak said. "I know one thing: If I was out there, I would love to work for him. He is very organized, he is very real, and Rick goes about his business as good as anybody I have ever been around."