It’s official Andy Reid is out and the search for a new leader has begun. There is couple of NFL assistance coaches that I would like to see take over for Reid. One of them is Rick Dennison. Rick is the offensive coordinator of the Houston Texans. Rick started his NFL career as a player with the Denver Broncos in 1982 as a linebacker where he played 8 seasons.
In 1995 he started his coaching career as an offensive assistant also with the Broncos. Through 1997 to 2009 he was special teams coach, offensive line coach and offensive coordinator for Denver. He was the offensive coordinator from 2006-2008 which was the Jay Cutler era. So he has experience in developing young QB’s. Cutler only started 5 games in 2006 but in 2007 his first full season he threw for 3497 yards and 20 TD’s. Then in 2008 he threw for 4526 yards and 25 TD’s which is probably Cutler’s best season of his career.
Since taking over as the offensive coordinator in 2010 the Texans have had one of the best rushing attacks in the league. Ranking 7th in 2010, 2nd in 2011 and 8th in 2012. Now you can attribute some of that success to Arian Foster who also had his breakout year in 2010. But the Eagles have an equally talented back in Lesean McCoy. Plus Bryce Brown has shown he has some talent and if he can clear up a fumbling problem he may prove to be a nice change of pace back.
Over his 3 seasons in Houston the team has averaged 33 passes per game compared to 30 rushes per game. It’s not all rushing that’s pretty balanced. In 2010 the Texans ranked 4th in passing as Matt Schaub passed for 4,370 yards and 24 TD’s. They took a dip down to 18th in passing in 2011 but they went through 4 QB’s with Schaub, Yates, Delhomme and Leinart all getting a shot to play due to injuries. This past year they jumped back up to 11th.
Rick Dennison has 18 years experience as a coach in the NFL and 27 years overall in the NFL. He may not be the big name coach that fans want but neither was Andy. I don’t just want a big name I want the right man for the job. There may be 10 teams looking for a new coach and some up and coming coordinators will get a shot to be a head coach in the NFL. Dennison is one of those up and comers and he might be a good fit for the Eagles.