Tag:Rick Dennison
Posted on: January 11, 2011 1:26 pm

Dennison interviewing with Broncos, Williams out

Posted by Will Brinson

On Tuesday, Rick Dennison and Dirk Koetter will interview for the Broncos' head coaching position. Gregg Williams, however, will not, and he's pulled himself out of the running for the Denver job (even though Denver requested to interview him just yesterday).

That's according to Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, who noted that Williams would withdraw his name from consideration as a coaching candidate.

Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network cites a source who believes the Saints' loss to Seattle actually caused Williams to re-think his potential gains as a head coach elsewhere.

"He didn't feel like he could stand in front of the defense in a team meeting (Tuesday) morning and tell them the things they need to do to win another Super Bowl, and then board a plane to Denver," according to LaCanfora's source.

There's still a good chance that Williams gets another head coaching gig sometime in the future -- but the jokes about his resume taking a hit when the Seahawks bludgeoned his defense during the wild-card weekend perhaps weren't so funny after all.

Speculation is that Dennison, who spent his playing career with the Broncos and then served as offensive coordinator in Denver under Gary Kubiak before replacing Kyle Shanahan in Houston, could be the leader in the clubhouse following initial interviews with Denver, particularly because of his close ties with the organization.

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Posted on: January 9, 2011 1:02 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2011 1:20 pm

Denver hires search firm, interviewing Fox Monday

Posted by Will Brinson

Despite being "let go" by the Carolina Panthers about a week ago, John Fox is a pretty hot name for openings around the NFL. And he'll be interviewing for one of those openings -- with the Denver Broncos -- on Monday.

Charley Casserly of CBS Sports reported on The NFL Today that Fox is among a number of candidates for the Broncos' job and that they've retained a search firm in order to help them narrow the list.

"First of all, they're going to take their time with the search," Casserly said. "Second thing is they've hired the executive search firm, Russell-Reynolds, to consult with John Elway and his staff throughout the process of hiring a coach."

That process involves cutting down the list of candidates which, according to Casserly, includes Eric Studesville (their current interim coach), Perry Fewell (Giants DC), Dirk Koetter (Jacksonville OC), Rick Dennison (Houston OC), Gregg Williams (New Orleans DC), Fox and Mike Mularkey.

Two interesting points about Mularkey and Fox -- Casserly reported that although Mularkey, who cancelled an earlier interview with the Broncos, is still in the mix because "both sides decided they will talk at a later time."

On Fox, Casserly reported that "he'll only get consideration for [the Broncos'] job if he's willing to take less money" than he got with the Panthers in 2010.

That's no huge surprise considering that Fox was, after all, let go. It's not often that you get a promotion simply for becoming unemployed.

Either way, though, it appears the Broncos are seeking a coach who's fine with letting Elway run the show from a personnel standpoint.

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