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Broncos hire Ravens QB coach Rick Dennison as offensive coordinator

The Denver Broncos announced Monday that they've hired Baltimore Ravens quarterbacks coach Rick Dennison as their offensive coordinator. Dennison replaces Adam Gase, who was hired by the Chicago Bears as offensive coordinator last week.
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The Denver Broncosannounced Monday that they've hired Baltimore Ravens quarterbacks coach Rick Dennison as their offensive coordinator.

Dennison replaces Adam Gase, who was hired by the Chicago Bears as offensive coordinator last week, reuniting him with ex-Broncos coach John Fox.

A former linebacker for the Broncos from 1982-90, Dennison joined the team's coaching staff in 1995, ascending to offensive coordinator in 2006. After three seasons in that role, Dennison spent one year as the Broncos' offensive line coach before working as the offensive coordinator for the Houston Texans from 2010-13.

The hiring of Dennison keeps him working under head coach Gary Kubiak, who was the Texans' head coach from 2006-13 and the Ravens' OC this season. Kubiak was hired as the Broncos' head coach to replace Fox, who was fired after Denver's loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC divisional round and then hired by the Bears.

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During Dennison's tenure, the Texans finished as high as No. 3 in the NFL in total offense (2010) and as low as No. 13 (2011). This season, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco set career highs with 3,986 passing yards and 27 touchdowns in 2014.

Led by Peyton Manning, the Broncos have had one of the most high-powered offenses in the league the past three seasons. Denver finished No. 1 and No. 2 in scoring offense in 2013 and 2014, respectively, and the 2013 unit was the highest-scoring offense in NFL history. 

Though it's been speculated Manning could retire, it was reported last week Manning wants to return to the Broncos next season pending a physical.

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The Broncos went 12-4 this season. They fell to the Colts 24-13 after earning a first-round bye.

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