Dennison ready to rely on Taylor as his offensive engineer

Tyrod Taylor has always been a player who sweats the details. Be they physical or mental, Buffalo’s quarterback makes it his mission to master those details knowing it will make him better on Sundays. That’s why it’s no surprise that even when he sat behind Joe Flacco and rarely saw action as the backup in Baltimore, his quarterbacks coach in 2014 took a liking to him.

Rick Dennison, Buffalo’s offensive coordinator, was that quarterbacks coach, and he too is a person that sweats the details. Yes, the general job description of any NFL coach is to cover all your bases, but Dennison is known to be a man who is always thinking.

Possession a master’s degree in civil engineering, Dennison taught mathematics and coached football and basketball at a prep school in Connecticut after a nine-year NFL playing career before he returned to the league to coach in 1995.  

The roots of his offensive system were developed from the scheme he learned as an assistant under Mike Shanahan. The principles of the famed zone blocking scheme of offensive line coach Alex Gibbs in Denver that helped Terrell Davis rush for 2,000 yards in a season are in his system here in Buffalo.

A lot of those same offensive principles were in Baltimore when Dennison coached Taylor three years ago. It’s provided Taylor with a valuable head start on the new scheme.

He didn’t get much of a chance to execute it with the Ravens, but things are different now. That’s why their second opportunity to work together is one each of them is looking forward to this fall.

“I’ve always liked his offense, his style of coaching,” said Taylor. “It’s very detailed in terms of what he expects from the quarterback position. Just continue to keep grinding away, using the time that we have available for us to meet to soak up that knowledge. He’s coached Peyton (Manning) in the last two years, so being around a guy like that, one of the greatest to play the game. Maybe he got some input from Peyton…

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