NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that the Houston Texans could hire current San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans as their new head coach this week.

Ryans is scheduled to meet with the Texans for a second time and has reportedly been Houston’s top target after firing former head coach Lovie Smith.

Should Ryans land the job, it would be a homecoming after the former linebacker spent the first six years of his NFL career in Houston, where he was a two-time Pro Bowler. The Denver Broncos had also expressed significant interest in Ryans, only for the 38-year-old to remove himself from consideration. This strongly indicates his eyes are set solely on the Lone Star State.

Ryans oversaw the NFL’s No. 1 defense in 2022, San Francisco, allowing just 16.3 points per game during the regular season.

“I owe everything to him. He’s the reason I’m the player I am today,” said 49ers linebacker Fred Warner. “He’s fully deserving to go on and be a head coach.”

Ryans’s hiring would bring much-needed stability to a Texans organization that has gone through two head coaches over the past two seasons (David Culley and Lovie Smith). 

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