DeMeco Ryans can guide the Texans turnaround, and Houston clearly believes in that.
DeMeco Ryans has been hired as the Texans’ head coach, and while it may be a long road, he has the opportunity to turn Houston around.
As expected, the Houston Texans have signed former 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans as their next head coach. reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Ryans, who was drafted by the Texans from Alabama in 2006, has been on San Francisco’s coaching staff since 2017 after retiring from the NFL in 2015. He served as defensive coordinator at the over the past two seasons, with impressive results.
And it’s clear Houston’s new head man is thrilled with his new job.
« Being the head coach of the Houston Texans is my dream job and my family is thrilled to be back in H-Town, » Ryans said. via Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston. I’ve been surrounded by football all my life and always had a natural ability to lead others. »
But now comes the hard part. Houston went 3-13-1 last year under Lovie Smith, needs a quarterback and has plenty of holes in its roster. The good news for the Texans, however, is that they not only have a good starting position to help the cause, but they’re giving the Ryans the chance to achieve his goals.
The Texans’ rebuild starts with DeMeco Ryans and he has the path to get there.
When you look at where Houston is right now heading into the 2023 offseason, they are in a position to make immediate and significant improvements. They have two first-round picks in the 2023 NFL Draft (#2 and 12) as well as 11 picks overall. It’s also a franchise approaching free agency with close to $50 million in cap space.
Will these moves solve all of Houston’s problems? No. However, draft capital in particular allows them to be aggressive or stay put and get Bryce Young or CJ Stroud to be the quarterback of the future. Plus, they can pick up young talent with the rest of their draft picks to start filling the holes.
The critical part in all of this, however, is that general manager Nick Caserio and the Texans front office seem to be well aware that things aren’t going to change overnight. Ryans was signed to a six-year contract, which seems to indicate that they believe he is the right choice to go through the reconstruction and that Houston will come out of it stronger.
Whenever a coach, especially a coveted candidate like Ryans, is hired, it’s almost always an immediate blissful moment. The first year could be difficult for the new Texans coach, even if the team is aggressive and adequate in its talent acquisition this offseason. But even if he does, he’s ready to build lasting success over the long haul.
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