Thursday, January 30, 2014
RTC: Dennison talked up Kubiak to Ravens
By Tania Ganguli
Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans...
In a piece on BaltimoreRavens.com, Kevin Bryne, the team's senior vice president of public and community relations, takes everyone step by step through the Ravens' process for hiring offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak. Here's the section of interest to Texans fans:
A prominent NFC offensive coordinator was interested in the job. When I left the office late that afternoon, Harbs said: “Stand by. We could have a coordinator tomorrow – or, it could be next week. There’s another candidate in the mix. And, I’m still calling some guys about the coaches we interviewed.”
As it turned out, the NFC team refused permission for us to talk with the prominent OC. However, one of the calls John made was to Rick Dennison, who had been the offensive coordinator for the Texans the last four years. Harbaugh was calling Dennison to talk about Shanahan, because Kyle and Rick had worked together in Houston and Denver.
“Before that conversation with Rick, I was ready to make the call between ‘Hoss’ [Hostler] and Kyle, two really good coaches. In my conversations with Rick, he suggested reaching out to Gary,” Harbaugh explained. “We had discussed Kubiak early in the process, but Gary was a head-coaching candidate, and we knew he had turned down some teams for the offensive coordinator position.
“I called Gary on Saturday, and we had a long conversation. We found that we agreed on many of the fundamentals needed to make an offense great, and he agreed to fly to Baltimore as soon as he could. I let Ozzie know and asked him to help get more information on Gary. Ozzie called Rick Smith [the general manager] of the Texans to get a little more of a feel about where Gary was at right now. Oz called me back and said Rick was very strong on Gary – very positive."
Of course, Kubiak returned the favor to Dennison, bringing him on as quarterbacks coach.
One from our Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley, who notes that the departure of Jim Hostler, the Ravens' receivers coach, could lead to more "Texans east." Larry Kirksey, the former Texans receivers coach, and Chick Harris, the former Texans running backs coach, haven't found new jobs yet. But with lengthy NFL coaching careers already on their resumes, I wouldn't be surprised if one or both didn't continue coaching.
Wade Phillips is selling his Dallas home, writes Neil J. Leitereg of Realtor.com. Phillips tweeted the link with a note that he is moving to Houston.