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Updates on Bruce Arians, Rick Dennison and Mike McCoy
After a rough few days, Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is out the hospital, and he’s slated to speak to the Bears Sunday.
Asked about head-coaching interest, Arians told the Star, “I have to listen.
“I never thought this would happen. I have a great job, so it’s going to have to be a perfect fit for me to leave.”
Arians added that it would be difficult to leave the Colts, given how tight that was team was and his role in helping them with an unforgettable season.
“You always want to win one of these Super Bowls on your own,” he told the paper.
Arians also said the Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles and San Diego Chargers are interested. It’s worth noting that Tom Telesco, the Colts vice president of player personnel, was hired as the Chargers general manager Wednesday.
Meanwhile, a Houston Chronicle columnist said on Twitter, “[Rick] Dennison wants the Bears’ job.”
The columnist then noted that the Bears will be impressed when they speak to the Texans offensive coordinator Friday in Houston. The Texans face the New England Patriots in the Divisional Playoffs at Gillette Stadium Sunday.
Dennison, though, was measured in comments to reporters Wednesday.
“Obviously it’s a great honor to have somebody inquire about a job of that type,” he said, “but I’ll have to handle that at the end of the week because my big focus, my only focus, is getting this team ready to play the Patriots.”
Added Texans coach Gary Kubiak, “I think the world of him.
“I think his football background speaks for itself. I could sit up here all day long. He’s a leader. He’s a teacher. He’s a class act. I don’t know what else to tell you. I could sit up here for a long time. We’re real proud of him. I’ve been with him a long, long time and proud of him when I was with him in Denver. Obviously, he’s done a tremendous job here with the Texans. Anytime guys have an opportunity like that you should support them. We definitely support Rick.”
In Denver, Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy also was tempered in his comments about head coaching vacancies to reporters Wednesday. The Broncos host the Baltimore Ravens Saturday in Denver.
“It’s always interesting. But now we’re focused on this weekend and we’re moving ahead,” McCoy said of the interest in him as a head coach.
Asked if he expects more interest, McCoy said, “I’m really not worrying about that right now.
“The No. 1 priority is going out there Saturday and winning a football game. And we’ll see what happens after that.”
Asked if he’s concerned that there wouldn’t be any time to interview next week, McCoy said, “Not one bit.
“Someone asked me that last week too. I’ve got the greatest job here; I work for the best organization in football. [Owner and CEO] Mr. [Pat] Bowlen is a great owner. [Executive Vice President of Football Operations] John [Elway] and [Head Coach] John [Fox] have been great to me and we’ve got a good football team here. So I could stay here for a long time and not worry about another job.”