The Baltimore Ravens announced on Sunday night that offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak has turned down an offer to join the Chicago Bears as their next head coach, meaning that quarterbacks coach Rick Dennison is still a candidate to replace Jedd Fisch as the Jaguars offensive coordinator.
Sorry Bears and Jets, Gary Kubiak says he's staying in Baltimore http://t.co/MafM0zAnnF pic.twitter.com/SgcF3EijGN— SB Nation NFL (@SBNationNFL) January 12, 2015
If Kubiak had become a head coach, he likely would have offered the Bears offensive coordinator position to Dennison. Dennison has experience as an offensive coordinator with the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans, and he's worked with Kubiak for years as he's constructed his brand of traditional zone blocking schemes.
Dennison's offenses have historically brought out the best in young quarterbacks. When Dennison served as the Broncos offensive coordinator from 2006 through 2008, he worked with Jay Cutler during the quarterback's first two seasons in the NFL. In Cutler's first season he threw for nearly 4,000 yards with 7.5 yards per attempt, and in his second season he threw for 4,500 yards with 7.3 yards per attempt.
That offensive success continued when Dennison moved on to the Texans, where Matt Schaub threw for 4,000 yards in the only two seasons where he was healthy all year.
Dennison will likely want to climb back up the ladder after a year as a quarterbacks coach, and the offensive coordinator position in Jacksonville could be a perfect fit.