I've been trying to take something positive out of this disaster of a season, and have been focusing on the fact that we will probably have the #1 pick in the draft. I've been playing the guessing game with the rest of you on who our 1st round pick will be. This only gets me so far, as I don't know how things will look through the combine and all the draft interviews and things. Also, we don't know if our GM, whether it's Pioli or not, will want to trade back, draft a QB, yadda, yadda, yadda.
So that got me thinking about head coach. I think, for the most part, we all agree that Romeo Crennel will not be back next season. So who will be coaching the Chiefs next season? I've heard names thrown around like Gruden, Cowher, Dungy, Reid, Mike Nolan, even Del Rio! They each have a history of head coaching in the NFL that we can look at, so they can all be viable candidates. Then there's the whole college coach debate, can their college success translate?
I want to throw out a name to think about. Rick Dennison.
Dennison is currently the OC for the playoff bound and possible #1 seed Houston Texans. He's been a coach in the NFL for 17 years. He's a former Donkey, but I wont hold that against him. He played linebacker for the Broncos from 1982-90, and then went on to coach there.
According to the Texan's website, here is his coaching history:
2010-12: Offensive coordinator, Houston Texans
2006-08: Offensive coordinator, Denver Broncos
2001-05, ‘09: Offensive line, Denver Broncos
1997-2000: Special teams, Denver Broncos
1995-96: Offensive assistant, Denver Broncos
1992-94: Assistant, Suffield (Conn.) Academy
The dude played defense in the NFL for 8 seasons, and has coached both offense and special teams for 17 years. This guy is not only well rounded as far as football experience goes (all 3 phases of the game), but he's also found success.
As a player, he played in 3 Super Bowls. From 2001-2009, with him as either the OL coach or OC, the Broncos averaged 135 rushing yards per game, and allowed the fourth fewest number of sacks. When he was the OC from 06-08, Denver’s offense averaged 350.5 yards per game and rushed for 124.4 yards per game. Also, remember when Denver could throw anyone in the backfield and they would rush for 1,000 yards? The dude can coach.
He also likes a nice balanced attack. In fact, while Dennison has been with the Texans, his offense has averaged 33.2 passing attempts per game, and 31 rushing attempts. The Texans have also averaged 377.37 yards per game and 24.9 points. Contrast that with the Chiefs 331 yards per game and 16.7 points during that same time.
Dennison could be the kind of coach we're looking for. He comes from a history of success, has been to the dance as a player and a coach, he uses a zone blocking scheme, and he has experience in all aspects of the game at the NFL level. The only knock on him that I'm aware of is that he, like Pioli, likes the "Code of Silence."
I guess the only thing I really care about is winning!