Sunday, January 10, 2010
AFC West coaching update
By Bill Williamson
It appears, unlike running backs coach Bobby Turner, the Denver Broncos are going to allow offensive line coach Rick Dennison to walk away from the franchise.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Dennison is close to becoming Houston’s offensive coordinator. Dennison and Texans coach Gary Kubiak were longtime assistants together on Mike Shanahan’s staff in Denver.
The Washington Post reported that Denver denied the Redskins -- Shanahan became their coach last week -- permission to talk to Turner, Denver’s longtime running backs coach. The difference between Denver allowing Houston to talk to Dennison and not allowing Washington to talk to Turner likely came down to titles. Dennison would be getting a promotion in Houston and Turner likely would be making a lateral move. Teams don’t have to allow coaches to leave for lateral moves.
It’s no surprise Dennison is probably moving on. Denver coach Josh McDaniels criticized Dennison’s unit before the team’s final game. Dennison is a believer in Shanahan’s zone-blocking schemes. Watch for Denver to continue to go away from that scheme if Dennison does leave.
Meanwhile, it looks like San Diego defensive coordinator Ron Rivera will not be talking to any teams about openings until after San Diego’s playoff run -- if at all. Buffalo and Seattle had interest in Rivera, but there have been no reported interviews with either team. Rivera had a window to interview for a head-coaching job during the Chargers’ bye week. Starting Monday, though, Rivera can’t interview until San Diego’s season is over.