John Fox will be the Broncos new head coach, meaning Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison will stay put in Houston, for his ‘job’. Having some continuity on the offensive staff can only be a good thing for the Texans after the year they just had. Dennison and Gary Kubiak won’t have a whole lot to improve on this coming year, although hopefully they’ll work a little on their play-action deep balls.
The other coaching news is via John McClain, who is reporting that the Texans have hired ex-49ers secondary coach Vance Joseph. Greg Manusky, a Wade Phillips disciple, heavily recommended Joseph. Here’s what Kubiak had to say about it:
“Vance has been coaching Wade’s coverages and playing his techniques with the 49ers, so he’ll fit right in,” coach Gary Kubiak said. “He comes highly recommended by some real good people. We think he’s got what it takes to be real special.”
Defensive assistant Ray Rhodes, who had heart conditions that kept him from being a serious candidate to step in for Frank Bush in the middle of last season, has retired. The writing was on the wall that most of Bush’s defensive staff would follow him into unemployment, and Rhodes’ health probably helped push him in this direction.