Report: Bears receive permission to talk to Dennison

Report: Bears receive permission to talk to Dennison
January 6, 2013, 1:30 pm
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According to ESPN, the Chicago Bears have asked for and received permission to talk with Texans' offensive coordinator Rick Dennison about the Bears' vacant head coaching job.

During last week, CSNHouston asked Dennison if he had thought about any head coaching openenings and the offensive coordinator shrugged of the question.

“Not at all,” he said quickly. “Not at all. I’m trying to work here.”

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.

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.

And Dennison isn’t just an offensive mind. He played linebacker for the Broncos for seven seasons. He knows both sides of the football. Dennison was thought to be one of the favorites for the Broncos’ head coaching job before they hired John Fox two seasons ago. 

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