DeMeco Ryans reunites with Texans, not as a stud defensive player but as head coach

DeMeco Ryans has returned to the Houston Texans, but this time, he’s back in a completely new role.

Ryans, who was once a stud defensive player for the Texans, is now the head coach tasked with guiding the franchise back to success.

The former San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator had a remarkable two seasons with the team, as his defense was among the league’s best in nearly every statistical category.

This will be Ryans’ first head coaching opportunity in the NFL and he’ll be replacing Lovie Smith, who only managed to hold the job for one year.

One of Ryans’ top priorities will be to improve the Texans’ run defense, which was extremely weak this past season, allowing over 170 yards per game. This is quite a contrast from the 49ers’ defense, which allowed fewer than 78 yards per game under Ryans’ guidance.

DeMeco Ryans were in high demand as a head coach this offseason, but he ultimately chose to return to the franchise where he got his start in the NFL – the Houston Texans. Ryans were drafted by the Texans in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft and made an immediate impact, leading the NFL in solo tackles with 126 and being named Defensive Rookie of the Year.

He was also selected for the Pro Bowl in 2007 and 2009.

J.J. Watt, who played with Ryans during his time with the Texans, called him one of the best leaders and teammates he’s ever been around in an NFL locker room. With Ryans back at the helm, the Houston Texans are hoping to return to their winning ways and make a run at the Super Bowl.


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