Bears interview on tap, Dennison stays focused

Bears interview on tap, Dennison stays focused
January 9, 2013, 10:30 pm
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Dennison flattered but focused on Patriots

Rick Denninson wants to be an NFL head coach and he’ll get an opportunity to tell an NFL team why toward the end of this week.

On Friday, the Bears’ brass will be in Houston to interview Dennison for their head coaching vacancy. They’re coming here because Dennison wouldn’t go there. He’s too busy preparing for the Patriots.

“Obviously, it’s a great honor to have somebody inquire about a job of that type,” Dennison said on Wednesday, speaking publicly for the first time since the Bears requested permission to speak with him, “but I’ll have to handle that at the end of the week because my big focus – my only focus – is getting this team ready to play the Patriots.”

Dennison, 54, is in his third season as the team’s offensive coordinator.

“Well obviously my mind is somewhere else right now getting ready for this game,” Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said. “Obviously, I think the world of him. I think his football background speaks for itself. I could sit up here all day long. He’s a leader. He’s a teacher. He’s a class act. I don’t know what else to tell you. I could sit up here for a long time.

“We’re real proud of him. I’ve been with him a long, long time and proud of him when I was with him in Denver. Obviously, he’s done a tremendous job here with the Texans. Anytime guys have an opportunity like that you should support them. We definitely support Rick.”

Dennison would seemingly be a good fit for the Bears. He was with the Broncos as a coach from 1995-2008. He was the team’s offensive coordinator from 2006-08, when Cutler became the team’s starting quarterback. In 2008, the last season with Cutler as quarterback and Dennison at coordinator, Cutler had his best season as a pro. He threw for over 4,500 yards and 25 touchdown passes on the way to his only Pro Bowl appearance.