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Rick Dennison joins list of Bears candidates


The Texans offense didn’t look particularly impressive in Saturday’s 19-13 win over the Bengals, but that isn’t stopping their offensive coordinator from drawing head coaching interest.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Bears have asked for and received permission to interview Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison. Dennison’s record with the Texans goes a lot further than just one Wild Card game, of course, and it speaks well of his ability to generate an effective running game.

Dennison previously worked for the Broncos, where he was considered for the head coaching job before it went to John Fox, and that means he knows two key members of the Bears offense very well. Quarterback Jay Cutler and wide receiver Brandon Marshall both played for Dennison in Denver, which would seem to be something that would make any transition easier.

Schefter also reports that the Bears have candidates from the offensively-slanted list they’ve compiled that they’d like two finalists to return for second interviews, although Dennison would interview before the second round gets underway. With the Texans moving on in the playoffs, Dennison is eligible to interview later this week.

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15 Responses to “Rick Dennison joins list of Bears candidates”
  1. blackandbluedivision says: Jan 6, 2013 10:25 AM

    I’m getting deja vu from when they were looking for a Offensive Coordinator. Bring in all these big names and get turned down by all of them. Man, I hope they’re not blowing smoke.

  2. mantastic54 says: Jan 6, 2013 10:35 AM

    I couldn’t think of a better offense to put forte in than the system they run in Houston

  3. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 6, 2013 10:37 AM

    “Quarterback Jay Cutler and wide receiver Brandon Marshall both played for Dennison in Denver, which would seem to be something that would make any transition easier.”

    They’ve never made the playoffs there either, which should make for an easier transition.

  4. ampats says: Jan 6, 2013 10:40 AM

    Rick Dennison’s schedule will be free and clear on 1/14.

  5. thingamajig says: Jan 6, 2013 11:10 AM

    He’s probably a step up from Marc Trestman.

  6. murty77 says: Jan 6, 2013 11:25 AM

    I was really hoping he would be one of the candidates for the Bears. The zone running game with play action and bootlegs fit both Cutler’s and Forte’s strengths perfectly.

  7. dalucks says: Jan 6, 2013 11:30 AM

    As a Texans fan, please Chicago please, hire Rick Dennison. I would rather have Norv Turner as the offensive coordinator and gameday playcaller.
    Actually, I wish you would take Gary Kubiak. He is too soft and conservative to win big games. I am sure Dennison and Gregg Knapp would love to be reunited in Chicago.

  8. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 6, 2013 11:33 AM

    Leave it to the Bears to go dumpster diving for a cheap head coach.

  9. texanfan62 says: Jan 6, 2013 11:36 AM

    Josh McDaniels schedule might be free after January 13th LOL!!

  10. Seshadri says: Jan 6, 2013 11:51 AM

    Mccaskeys and Philips told money is never an issue but looking at the names they are targeting, they want the biggest bang for the smallest buck. I just hope these O-minded folks do not turn down and Phil` first HC hiring goes up in smoke. If Jay can ensure a playoff run next year, chances are that he would be our long term solution ..Phil` is pulling all stops to ensure cheap HC + cheap QB …

  11. avoidtheboyd says: Jan 6, 2013 12:03 PM

    The Texans offense didn’t look particularly impressive. You mean except for the 420 yards and the 39 minutes of possession? Yeah they settled for field goals, but they moved the ball very well. And their defense is finally playing well enough to compensate for field goals. Is that good enough to beat the Patriots? No. But if they move the ball as well as they did yesterday, they’ll at least still have the opportunities to score.

  12. aero196906 says: Jan 6, 2013 12:41 PM

    It’s beginning to look like Emery has no clue who he wants for a HC. Most GMs have a short list of candidates, Emery’s list never stops growing. No coach is going to wait 3 weeks for him to go thru his expanding list.

  13. chi01town says: Jan 6, 2013 1:00 PM

    Emery is stalling on perpose he hasnt interviewed Greg Roman and
    thats who he wants. but I belive Pete Carmichael Jr. is high on his list
    too. But Mike McCoy makes more sense

  14. randolph32 says: Jan 6, 2013 8:51 PM

    Seems to me that Emery is taking his scouting experience to interview all these people….

  15. comeonnowguys says: Jan 6, 2013 10:55 PM

    When they were getting turned down by offensive coordinators, it was when Lovie appeared to be a lame duck with a terrible GM.

    Things are a lot different now.

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