Kubiak: Interest in Dennison won’t be a distraction

Kubiak: Interest in Dennison won’t be a distraction
January 7, 2013, 6:30 pm
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The Bears have requested for and been granted permission to speak with Texans’ offensive coordinator Rick Dennison.

But on Monday, when asked about it, Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said the interest in his offensive coordinator won’t distract Dennison or the team as they prepare for their game against the Patriots on Sunday.

“It won’t be a distraction. I’m a little bit different there,” Kubiak said on Monday in the Texans’ auditorium. “I think guys bust their tail for you and for you as a coach, a head coach, you as an organization. You should want the best for your people. Opportunities for guys and stuff don’t come along very often in this business.

“When you’ve got somebody who has been giving you everything he has and he’s got opportunities like that, then we should support him, but as far as distractions that’s not a problem. I can promise you that. The guy is here all night long. He won’t be distracted.”

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

According to ESPN, assistants on teams that win first-round playoff games are able to interview the following Thursday for head coaching jobs.

But in an interview with the Houston Chronicle, Dennison said “If something happens, it can’t interfere with my work. I’m not going up there, because it would be too disruptive to our work week.”

Dennison is in his 18th season in the NFL as a coach and is in his 27th year overall. He joined the Texans’ staff in 2010 and was a candidate for the Broncos’ job when John Fox was hired in 2011.

“I think he’s been ready for awhile,” Kubiak said. “I think Rick is a very smart guy. He’s selective. I’ve been called on him for about three years in a row now, but I think Rick knows what he wants to do with his life and if he’s going to take an opportunity to be a head coach, he’s going to be selective in what he does. He’s got a great background in the National Football League.”

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.

He might fit with the Bears, but just how important is Dennison to the Texans?

“He’s my teacher,” Kubiak said. “He’s a guy that comes down here every day and puts it together with the players, teaches the plan, teaches his scheme, teaches what we do and coordinates everything with the offensive coaches and how we go about our business getting ready to play every week and then right there with me on game day calling plays and helping me out. He’s the leader of what we do offensively.”