Whenever DeMeco Ryans’ season ends with the 49ers, he may have options for his next job.
According to NFL Media, Ryans has emerged as one of the top candidates to be the Texans’ next head coach. A former Houston player, NFL Media reports that Ryans is expected to meet with the franchise next week about work and there is mutual interest.
The Texans announced they first met Ryans on Jan. 20.
This news comes a day after KUSA’s Mike Klis reported that Ryans is one of the top candidates to land the Broncos head coaching job. Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, former Saints coach Sean Payton and former Lions and Colts head coach Jim Caldwell were also identified by Klis as potential candidates. But Quinn has since removed his name from consideration to stay with Dallas.
PFT reported earlier this week that former Stanford head coach David Shaw was also a potential candidate for the Broncos job.
Ryans has served as San Francisco’s defensive coordinator for the past two seasons. He was promoted to inside linebackers coach after Robert Saleh left to become the Jets’ head coach.
Ryans, 38, was a Texans second-round pick in 2006 and started 86 games for the franchise in six seasons. He was the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year and a two-time Pro Bowl selection.
Ryans also played in 54 games for the Eagles from 2012 to 2015.
The 49ers had the best defense in the league in 2022, finishing No. 1 in yards allowed and points allowed.