REPORT: Rick Dennison expected to become Vikings’ offensive line coach

(Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) Rick Dennison
(Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) Rick Dennison /

The longtime NFL assistant is expected to be the latest coach to join the 2019 staff of the Minnesota Vikings according to a recent report.

So far this week, the Minnesota Vikings have added three new assistant coaches to their 2019 staff. On Monday, the Vikings announced the hirings of Gary Kubiak, Klint Kubiak, and Brian Pariani.

According to Denver Broncos insider Mike Klis, Minnesota could be adding another person to their staff very soon as well.

Following the Vikings’ hiring announcement on Monday, Klis posted that Rick Dennison should be expected to join the team’s staff in the near future as their new offensive line coach. Dennison spent the 2018 season in charge of the offensive line for the New York Jets.

Like Pariani, Dennison has worked hand in hand on multiple coaching staffs with Gary Kubiak since the late 1990s. His first job in the NFL came in 1995 as an offensive assistant with the Broncos.

In addition to coaching offensive line during his time in the league, Dennison has also been an offensive coordinator, a quarterbacks coach, and a special teams coach. He has had stints with a number of teams around the NFL in addition to Denver and New York that includes the Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens, and Buffalo Bills.

If Dennison does actually end up becoming Minnesota’s offensive line coach, it will end the team’s experiment of having two people in charge of their offensive linemen.

Following the sudden passing of Tony Sparano last year, the Vikings decided to make Clancy Barone and Andrew Janocko co-offensive line coaches. Barone and Janocko did what they could, but Minnesota’s blockers were certainly not among the league’s best.

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At the very least, Dennison and the elder Kubiak should be able to improve the performance of the Vikings’ offensive line for next season.