Add another to the list of confirmed head coaching candidates. According to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun Times, Chicago general manager Phil Emery will interview Houston Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison tomorrow. Dennison has been the O.C. in Houston since 2010, and before that he was an assistant coach in Denver from 1995-2009.
While in Denver he spent time as offensive line coach, special teams coach, and as offensive coordinator. As a player, he spent nine years as a Bronco playing linebacker.
"Rico is one of the best offensive line coaches in the NFL," Cutler said, referring to Dennison by his nickname. "Great guy off the field. Very, very smart. Intellectual guy.
"He's going to get a head-coaching job at some point. Great candidate. I have a lot of respect for him."
The Texans utilize a zone blocking scheme on the offensive line, and if he were hired in Chicago, odds are he'd bring that scheme with him. A lot has been said about the Bears not having the right personnel to run this scheme, and I disagree. Zone blocking is very basic, it's best implemented with athletic offensive linemen, but could be taught to any type of blocker. The Bears do have an athletic group, so the scheme would work from that stand point.
The type of running back that you want running behind a zone scheme is a one cut and go runner. Matt Forte may not appear to be the ideal back, but I'm sure he could be taught the system.
Here's the Jensen Tweet with Phil Emery's schedule.
So I believe #Bears GM Phil Emery will speak to Tom Clements Thursday, Rick Dennison Friday, Darrell Bevell Saturday & Bruce Arians Sunday— Sean Jensen (@seankjensen) January 10, 2013