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January 12, 2009
Dennison added to 49ers' OC list

The 49ers have added Rick Dennison, the Denver Broncos' offensive coordinator, to their list of offensive coordinator candidates. In Dennison, 50, Mike Singletary will find a fellow former linebacker who played roughly the same span as Singletary. Dennison spent nine seasons with the Broncos from 1982-1990. He joined the Broncos as an offensive assistant in 1995. He coached the team's offensive line for five seasons before being promoted to offensive coordinator in 2006. ESPN's Mike Sando first reported the interest in Dennison last night.

The Broncos have been as consistent as any team in running the ball, ranking no lower than 12th in average rushing yards for the last decade. However, they use a zone-blocking style that employs smaller, more nimble lineman. The 49ers' offensive line has been built as a power-rushing unit. The question would be whether Dennison, who hasn't played or coached for any team but the Broncos, could adapt.

Dennison likely became available to interview when the Broncos tapped former Patriots' offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as their next head coach.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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