As you all know Rick Dennison interviewed for the head coaching opening today. I think it's safe to assume he's not going to get the job. So why even bring him in for an interview? Good faith? To have an internal candidate? Why?
My most likely theory is this...he was interviewing to keep his current job.
If you're anything like me, you see that bringing in an offensive head coach would be entirely absurd. To overhaul an offense that finished 2nd in the NFL is crazy. Sure, they were not as efficient scoring as they should have been, but the offense is also full of young players and couldn't keep a RB healthy.
Why bring in a coach from a less successful offense? Have the Broncos not learned anything from the failure of other coaches from the Pats family in places like Cleveland and Notre Dame? Are the Broncos really going to look at a coach from Dallas who is less qualified than Bates and couldn't even keep his offensive players' egos in check?
What is needed is a defensive overall starting at the top, all while keeping people like Dennison and Bates in place. That's where Dennison's interview comes in.
If he's a realist he knows that he's not the frontrunner for the job. What his goal should be is to make a case that the offense is fine and if he's not going to be the head coach then the Broncos should go with a defensive coach.
Is it traditional to lobby for candidates other than yourself? No. But again, an offensive head coach means that he the current offense staff are out of a job. Is it wrong to sell out part of your team and it's coaches? Not in this case, because the defensive coaches are going to be history regardless of what goes down. Dennison can only look after himself.
So that's that. While media outlets will write, "Dennison interviews for Broncos HC job," what it really should read is, "Dennison interviews to keep Broncos offensive staff in tact."
I really hope you did well Rick. I really hope you did well.