Rick Dennison -- "I Just Work in Houston Now"

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Rick Dennison, in orange and blue
"I'm orange and blue all the way through. I just work in Houston now." -- Rick Dennison before his unsuccessful attempt to get the Broncos' head coaching position

There you go, Houston.

Maybe your city isn't the final stop for every wayward Denver Bronco soul. If you ask Rick Dennison, apparently, you're merely purgatory, a temporary detour on the way to paradise. To Rick Dennison, you're just a paycheck and a place to hang his hat and whistle before the "orange and blue" make the phone call asking the prodigal son to come home.

You're the "time out" corner in the elementary school classroom that is the now truncated rise of Rick Dennison through the coaching ranks. "Go face the wall on Kirby and be quiet for three years, and when you can prove that you can be a good boy, we'll call you back to Denver."

Most important, Dennison is Exhibit W (we're running out of alphabet, people) that Gary Kubiak's ultimate undoing as Texans head coach will not be clock management, replay-challenge brain freeze, or sleep-inducing press conferences.

Plain and simple, Gary Kubiak can't hire. He sucks at it. He's the worst.

If there was a book on exactly how to NOT build a staff, not just in football but in any walk of life, Kubiak is executing it to a tee --

"Let's get a bunch of amateurs most of whom have never done the job for which they're being hired, all of whom come from the same organization -- FRIENDS of ours -- so that we can all bathe in a big pool of dysfunctional groupthink."

Brilliant!

If you're keeping score at home (and searching for reasons the Texans finished 6-10 this season), then just know that during the Texans' final road trip of the season, a trip to Denver, one of Kubiak's coordinators was hanging out in a bar until two in the morning and the other one was probably back in his room surfing the web for Denver real estate agents.

Is it any wonder, Kubiak, that your team had an historically inept defense and an offense that sleepwalked through first halves like 11 hungover college students?

If knowing the secret Bronco handshake is going to be the top criteria for whom you hire, Kubiak, then we would hope at the very least your two primary lieutenants would be fiercely loyal to you, if nothing else. After all, you hired Frank Bush and Rick Dennison into the highest positions they've held in football. They owe you.

And this is how they thank you.

Before his interview in Denver, Dennison said this about the Broncos' head coaching job (a position for which franchise legend and former Dennison teammate John Elway was the primary decision maker):

"It's a business deal too, it's not how good a friend are you, it's how well you will do this job."

Apparently, Dennison was right, because they realized John Fox was a much better option. Lucky for Dennison, he gets to come back to an employer where friendship as a condition of employment is everything and, in some cases, the only thing.

Dennison played his college ball at Colorado State and his NFL ball in Denver. The only thing that would make his job safer would be an MBA from Purdue.

Well played, Kubiak.

After the rumors came out that Dennison was a candidate for the Broncos' head coaching position, Texans beat writer John McClain of the Houston Chronicle tweeted:

"Dennison is a brilliant guy. He's the smartest assistant I've covered in 34 years. I'm amazed he's in coaching."

Yeah, I'm amazed, too. Politics would be a much better fit.

Smartest assistant you've covered, McClain?

Recent evidence to the contrary.

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Jdpeters79
Jdpeters79

This article is so completely stupid that I have to comment twice. Here's a quote from the Denver Post blog before they announced the head coach, and it pretty much sums up that you are an idiot. "Oblivious to the speculation that says he’s the leading candidate to become the Broncos’ next head coach, Rick Dennison was at the Houston Texans’ office Thursday finishing up his offensive cutup film of his team’s 2010 season." Yeah, he sucks so badly at his job and hates the Texans so much that he's doing analysis work on the team in a time of year where he really doesn't have to do ANYTHING. He must really suck, given that Houston was THIRD in yards per game this year, and NINTH in points per game. They only had one of the best rushing games in the NFL (I'm sure Dennison's Denver ties had nothing to do with that, in your eyes). But instead you focus on him, instead of the crappy defense that made the team suck. Man, this article is so completely stupid. So anyone really can write a blog, even if it's for the press?

Jdpeters79
Jdpeters79

Oh boo-hoo... he doesn't bleed Red and Blue. Go figure, he only spent pretty much his whole coaching career in Denver before last year. Why shouldn't he have tried to pander to the Broncos? And shut the heck up anyway - do you not realize that the coordinator positions are ALWAYS just a stepping stone on the way to head coaching? You want a guy who is completely and utterly committed to the wonderful history of the Texans? Good luck. That doesn't exist, unless there's a fan out there who can do it. By the way, shouldn't you be glad that he didn't get the job in Denver? I mean, the offense was fantastic in Houston for goodness sake... focus your stupid blog on pushing for a massive defensive overhaul, or else you'll keep losing to lowly teams like the 2010 Broncos.

AmateurProfessional
AmateurProfessional

This article is a complete joke and heres why. If you think the only reason Rick is there is because he can do "the secret broncos hand shake" you are sorely mistaken and should ask arian foster what he thinks. He is a offensive line and running game guru. Took houstons sorry rungame from highschool to NFL elite. If you guys want to chuck him, please do cuz us broncos fans would take him. So many coaches have worked in so many places, THEY ARE ALL JUST JOBS. ALL OF THEM. This guy worked with the broncos for 24 years. ABOUT HALF HIS LIFE. What do you expect. Kubiak at least true blue Houston texan cuz he is from there. All you need is the HC to bleed the team. Everyone else its just a job and while they are there they are dedicated and will do the best darn job they can. John fox doesn't bleed blue and orange yet but im sure we will grow on him but like i said, we will happily take Rico back.

Jbtstark
Jbtstark

Did he not make you the#1 rushing team? It is his falt the D was terrble. Be lucku you did not have McDummy. Fix the D and you will be SB contenders

Mike Coburn
Mike Coburn

He should take a page out of the Lebron James book, and claim that he's not even sure what bleeding orange and blue actually means. He can say he retweeted it, but he didn't mean any ill will towards Houston.

Seriously!? How can you expect your players to fight their asses off on the field every week when their OC basically says he doesn't want to be here. He just "works" here...Asshole.

Kubiak will say this one's on him...

papabear
papabear

oh no, not you too. It was a soundbite to the Denver media...and maybe not even the full quote. Big deal

Also, Dennison had OC experience when he came here.

Mike Coburn
Mike Coburn

Collectively the offense was down this year, except for rushing. Dennison is an idiot for stating what he said before he had the job. Our OC doesn't want to be here, and our DC stays out til 2am the night before a game.

Great job Kubes...

ribalding
ribalding

Welcome to HairBalls, Mrs. Dennison. (I figure you MUST be the guy's wife, the way you're sucking on his taint.)

TyMo
TyMo

You disprove your own theory here by citing the loss to the Broncos. Sure the defense allowed a rookie QB to mount a huge comeback in the second half, but the offense, that you lionize, managed to score all of six points in the second half against a Defense worse than the Texans'. And if memory serves Champ Bailey was hurt pretty early on in that game and we still had to rely on Neil Rackers leg, and the thin Denver air, for all of our points while Denver thundered back to claim the win.

ribalding
ribalding

The offense was fantastic, huh?

Curious.

Jdpeters79
Jdpeters79

He wants to be a head coach. He made most of his career in Denver and he likes it. What do you care if he wants to be there? The point is - it's not affecting his performance as a coordinator like you and this author seem to think. Numbers are down? Damn shame, I guess it's not good enough to be in the top 10 in the league in offensive stats like I mentioned before. Seriously, get over it. And the DC definitely sucked. Staying out til 2am isn't the reason he sucked, by the way. I don't get why either of you are so offended by that, too. It's not like he was out getting hammered. Lack of sleep is the reason the defense sucked, is that what you guys are saying? Please... how about he just sucked at coaching and they have no talent? Why not focus a blog on that, instead of this crap.

Jdpeters79
Jdpeters79

Ha... yeah, that's great. I'm not saying he's some kind of savior, I don't particularly care for the Texans and I could care less where Dennison winds up. But when you have a pretty good offense and he's the offensive coordinator, it doesn't take a genius to figure out he must be doing something right. I find it amazing that the author of this blog would get so incredibly offended at someone trying to get a head coaching job, and then try to trash his resume as if he's done a bad job. Heaven forbid I actually stick up for the guy...

Jdpeters79
Jdpeters79

In reply to both of your comments... I have watched plenty of Houston this year, along with a bunch of NFL teams. You don't have huge numbers all season long without a good offense, which apparently is too much to comprehend for Houston fans. I understand that they had fallen apart at times, as have other offenses. But looking at the overall product, of which I've seen PLENTY this season, that is not even close to Houston's top problem. They still had a very good offense. And I'll say it again - for people to sit here and try to use Rick Dennison as their blog whipping boy is absolutely pathetic. I said this before as well - I have no concern as to how good Dennison is from a fan perspective. I replied to this blog because the argument is stupid at best. "I just work in Houston now." Yep. He said it. Boo freakin' hoo.... And it changes his job performance... how exactly? It didn't. He still did his job, whether he wants to work there or not. You and the author of this blog try to assert that the offense is bad to prop your "hurt feelings" argument of Dennison trying to pander to the Broncos. It's not. You make claims as though he has nothing to do with the offenseive success, because he didn't call the plays. Ridiculous. He coordinated a very good offense, and has a good track record to back it up.

So the point is - it's hilarious to read this blog, and see that THIS is some big issue for a Houston sports guy and some fans. Yeah, great blog entry... would be a shame to go after the real problems with the team, let's get all worked up over the fact that the O-coordinator was pandering to try to get a head coaching job.

I like your comment about articles vs. blogs, by the way. Blogs don't need any stinkin' facts, you're right. They can just make shit up to prop up stupid arguments. Good job.

I've wasted far too much time on this retarded blog. See ya. (I have learned one thing though - it makes a lot of sense to me, now, why the Oilers packed up and left, if this blog is any indication of how completely stupid the fans are.)

Jdpeters79
Jdpeters79

Do you even know what stats are? Most teams would kill for the offensive power that the Texans have. Damn.. this blog is full of idiots. Good job contributing to this author's retarded ways.

TyMo
TyMo

Okay, starting with Frank Bush staying out until 2am the night before the Denver game: Staying out until 2am on the eve of a game is EXACTLY why Frank Bush was a bad coordinator. It shows a huge lack of commitment to his team/job, but, then, I guess he didn't really need to be committed to the Texans. He was just using us as a stepping stone to Head Coaching, right JD?

On Rick Dennison and his ignorant comment: The bleeding orange and blue comment is the kind of thing you say AFTER you get the job. In your introductory press conference. No one in their right mind would openly praise a job they were trying to get before they got the damn job if they knew, without a doubt, that it would get back to the people at their current company, would they? Hell no. Of course Rick knows he has nothing to worry about here because he is boys with Gary and Gary waits until he has no choice to fire someone.

The fact that you think this offense was good just because the numbers say it just proves how little you know about the state of football in Houston. Our offense is prolific, but in spurts so few and far inbetween that it is painful to watch most of the time. The defense is problem 1, but the offense isn't very far behind. Oh, and by the way, Dennison doesn't even call the freaking plays on gameday, so save your "He's good at his job" crap for someone that doesn't actually watch the Texans.

And learn the difference between an article and a blog, dipshit. Articles are filled with facts about an event or events, blogs are opinion pieces.

TyMo
TyMo

Great numbers do not a good offense make. Good offenses score when they have to. Give me the Jets or Steelers offense any day over the "great numbers" that this offense puts up. Funny you should bring up the Oilers, another team that had a great offense, statistically, and did squat with it. In the game that ought not be spoken of against Buffalo the Oilers scored a Texan like 10 points in the second half after posting 28 in the first half. They lost the game and broke the hearts of a million fans, but Warren Moon had 350+ yards and 4 TDs so it's not all bad, right? RIGHT?!?

The FACT is that what Rick Dennison said may be the truth, but it's a dumbass thing to say to the media before you sign on the dotted line as the Head coach. Tell it to Elway, tell it to Pat Bowlen, but don't say it to a bunch of reporters to blast across the internet blogosphere to piss off an already sensitive fan base that has had to settle for former Broncos in the Front office, coaching staff, and on the roster for the past five years. Defend Dennison all you want, it's your right and prerogative to do so, but save the "stupid fans" garbage for when it's really called for.

So what Matt Schaub went over 4000 yards again this season? So what we had the leading Rusher in the league and a top 5 Receiver? When all the chips were down and we needed points those guys couldn't deliver on a consistent basis, and that is the reason Texans fans think our offense was a joke. Most of that was on our Head Coach, who has apparently forgotten how to call plays, but Rick Dennison damn sure had a lot to do with it.

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