Broncos' Rick Dennison to Interview with Houston Texans

Zack NallyCorrespondent IJanuary 10, 2010

DENVER - NOVEMBER 22:  Offensive line coach Rick Dennison (R) of the Denver Broncos talks with offensive guard Chris Kuper #73 of the Broncos as they face the San Diego Chargers during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 22, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Chargers defeated the Broncos 32-3.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Denver's offensive line coach Rick Dennison is set to interview for the Texans' offensive coordinator position Monday. If hired, he would be replacing Kyle Shanahan, who left for Washington earlier this week to work under his father, Mike Shanahan.

Dennison has served with the Broncos in an offensive capacity since 1995.

The interview between Dennison and head coach Gary Kubiak won't be much of an interview as it will be an orientation. They are very good friends, a by-product of their history in Denver. 

There are other candidates for the job, including Atlanta Falcons quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave and former Kansas City offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, but the relationship between Kubiak and Dennison make it difficult to believe that any other combination is possible.

If history is any indication of the way these events will unfold, the move makes sense. Both the Texans' General Manager and head coach have been acquired out of Denver, so it seems fitting their offensive coordinator should also be of Denver descent. 

Dennison will most likely bring a different offensive philosophy than the zone blocking scheme Houston currently runs when he comes. However, this being Kubiak's last year of his contract, he will most likely retain the playcalling responsibilities.

Dennison's arrival will also mean a greater emphasis on the run game, something the Texans need in order to establish balance with their explosive passing game. And, with Houston most likely going in the direction of a running back in April, Houston has the opportunity to become a serious contender in the AFC.  

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