The Denver Broncos have announced that Rick Dennison has officially agreed to terms to be the Denver Broncos offensive coordinator under Head Coach Gary Kubiak.
The Denver Broncos had to wait until after the Pro Bowl to officially hire Dennison. He was in Arizona with the Baltimore Ravens and John Harbaugh's staff.
Denver also hired Reggie Herring as linebackers coach and Clancy Barone as offensive line coach, the team announced Monday.
Dennison was linebacker for the Broncos from 1982-90, Dennison began his coaching tenure with the club in 1995 and held various roles with the team, including offensive assistant (1995-96), special teams coordinator (1997-2000) and offensive line coach (2001-05, ’09) in addition to his three years as offensive coordinator.
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Dennison then joined Gary Kubiak in Houston to be the team's offensive coordinator. He spent four years in Houston before following Kubiak to Baltimore where he was the quarterback coach.
Dennison had a positive influence on Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco this season. Flacco established career highs in passing yards (3,986) and touchdown passes (27) in his lone season under Dennison’s guidance while being sacked just 19 times (29 fewer than the previous season).
During his four seasons as offensive coordinator for the Houston Texans, Dennison coached one of the league’s best offenses. The Texans ranked eighth in the NFL in total offense (369.5 ypg) from 2010-13, including sixth in rushing (130.6 ypg) and 13th in passing (239.0 ypg).
The Texans also produced a league-high 29 individual 100-yard rushing performances during Dennison’s four years in Houston, including 24 such performances by running back Arian Foster, who was named an All-Pro selection by the Associated Press three times in that span.
Dennison has had success as a coach with the Broncos too. His first stint as an NFL offensive coordinator came with the Broncos from 2006 to 2008 after Gary Kubiak left the Broncos to become the head coach of the Houston Texans. During that period, Dennison’s offense ranked seventh in the NFL (350.5 ypg) while producing an AFC-best 395.8 yards per game during the 2008 season.
Dennison also enjoyed a nine-year career with the Broncos. Dennison appeared in 128 games (52 starts) and totaled 514 tackles (316 solo), 6.5 sacks (36 yds.), four interceptions (45 yds.), 10 passes defensed, six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
Welcome home Rico.