Report: Texans pursuing 49ers' Ryans as next head coach


DeMeco Ryans won't have much time to grieve over the 49ers' rough NFC Championship Game loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

Ryans, one of the most coveted head-coaching candidates, will get a second interview with the Houston Texans this week for their vacancy, ESPN's Adam Schefter, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport and KPRC's Aaron Wilson all reported Sunday night, citing sources.

Rapoport reported that if the interview goes well, Ryans is expected to be named the Texans' next head coach.

Ryans was a second-round draft pick by the Texans in 2006 and spent the first six seasons of his NFL career with Houston before playing four seasons with the Eagles.

After just two seasons as the 49ers' defensive coordinator, Ryans appears set to become a head coach at 38 years old.

Fred Warner was drafted by the 49ers in 2018, the same year Ryans was promoted from a quality control coach on defense to Inside Linebackers coach, so San Francisco's star linebacker is about to lose a coach he has had for his entire NFL career.

The realization that Ryans is set to leave dawned on Warner shortly after the 49ers' loss.

"I hadn't thought about it up until this point because obviously, you think you're going to win it all," Warner told reporters. "But seeing him was emotional. It was. It was the first time it kind of hit me, that this was the last one with him. And we came into this thing together. I owe everything to him. He's the reason I'm the player I am today. He's fully deserving to go on and be a head coach. It hit hard today, for sure."

In addition to the Texans, the Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals reportedly are in pursuit of Ryans, though it appears Houston has the inside track.

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A decision could come soon, meaning Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers will be looking for a new defensive coordinator for the 2023 season.

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