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Broncos consider Rick Dennison, Jim Fassel

John Elway

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2010, file photo, retired Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway prepares to throw a football to Denver Nuggets mascot Rocky the Mountain Lion in the third quarter of the Nuggets’ 127-91 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in an NBA basketball game in Denver. Elway, who retired in 1999 after winning his second straight Super Bowl in Denver, is planning to attend some of the Broncos’ training camp practices this summer and has agreed to help market the team’s game in London in September. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski,File)


Jim Harbaugh is no longer a candidate for the head-coaching vacancy in Denver. But Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison and former Giants coach Jim Fassel are both in the running.

Broncos football czar John Elway said Friday that he’ll ask the Texans for permission to interview Dennison, who was a teammate of Elway’s in Denver and later spent 14 years as a Broncos assistant before joining Gary Kubiak’s staff in Houston.

Elway also confirmed that he’s considering Fassel, who was first identified as a potential candidate for the Broncos vacancy a month ago.

Jim is a possibility. I know him really well from him being my college coach and for two years here and he definitely got some experience with the Giants,” Elway said. “So, he’s been on the list. We’ve thrown his name around a little bit. So, we haven’t finalized anything on him.”

And although we know everyone is sick of all the Harbaugh drama, we should point out that Elway added to that drama with his comments today, suggesting that Harbaugh might be considering a return to his alma mater.

“I think Michigan’s back in the picture,” Elway said. “I think he wants to stay in the college level.”