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Texans Hiring DeMeco Ryans Seems Imminent, What’s Next for Denver, Coordinator News, and Other NFL Bullets


There’s a solid chance the Houston Texans will have a new head coach today. Momentum has been building for days regarding their desire to hire 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans. Ryans is the Texans’ top choice and is believed to have a mutual interest in the job.

  • Ryans’ former teammate in Houston, JJ Watt, took to Twitter on Monday afternoon to post a picture of him and his old teammate in Texans uniforms.
  • Watt recently retired after spending the last few years in Arizona, but he surely knows a person or two in Houston that would be privy to the head coaching search.
  • According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, the Texans front office has gotten the green light from ownership to finalize a deal with Ryans:
  • Ryans was in Houston on Monday to meet with the Texans again. There are reports in Denver that Ryans informed the Broncos he’s no longer interested in filling their vacancy. With the chances that Ryans lands the job in Houston, that leaves three vacancies to fill.
  • Denver was heavy on Ryans but will now have to pivot. The Broncos had an in-person discussion with Jim Harbaugh in Ann Arbor this week, but that went nowhere. So, scratch Ryans and Harbaugh off of their list. Dan Quinn was also once considered a top candidate for the Denver job, but he’s staying in Dallas.
  • So, who’s left? Of the eight candidates interviewed in person, Ejiro Evero, Jim Caldwell, Raheem Morris, and David Shaw remain available. Early in the hiring cycle, it seemed like Evero was a slam dunk to get one of the five jobs, having landed interviews with all five teams. Denver wants experience, but with Payton (seemingly) out and Harbaugh and Quinn not interested, they’re running out of options.
  • The Broncos are learning pretty quickly just how the outside world views their current situation.
  • Former Broncos head coach Vic Fangio was reportedly set to become the Dolphins’ DC as of Sunday. The reports by a myriad of NFL insiders, such as Rapoport, Schefter, and Pelissero, had Fangio becoming the highest-paid coordinator in the NFL in Miami. But not so fast? Fangio told Michael Silver (SF) and Mike Klis (DEN) that nothing had been finalized on his end:
  • Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers will be searching for a new defensive coordinator. Would Fangio be more interested in the San Francisco job? Maye. This could be nothing, and he’ll end up finalizing a deal in Miami. As we learned with the Josh McDaniels situation in Indianapolis five years ago … it’s not done until it’s done.
  • Fun fact from Next Gen Stats: Philadelphia finished with a QB pressure rate of 61.9%, the highest in an Eagles game in the Next Gen Stats era (dating back to 2016).
  • NFL Draft prospect and former Georgia DB Kelee Ringo showing off the WHEELS:
  • The 35-year-old former quarterback comes to Los Angeles without prior ties to the Chargers or Brandon Staley. His four seasons in Dallas were successful despite Mike McCarthy and the Cowboys desiring a new voice next season. According to TruMedia, the Cowboys ranked fifth in EPA per play, fifth in points per drive, and fourth in third down efficiency from 2019 to 2022 under Moore.
  • I didn’t notice this on Sunday, but this was pretty funny:
  • LOL:
  • In case you missed it, Brock Purdy suffered a torn UCL in his right elbow during Sunday’s NFC Championship game against the Eagles. Purdy’s six-month recovery time would have him ready sometime in August, making the San Francisco quarterback situation an interesting one again.
  • The Senior Bowl is this weekend in Mobile, Alabama. Luis has you covered with some offensive line prospects the Bears should be watching:
  • The Bulls trade deadline approach will be one to keep an eye on:

Author: Patrick K. Flowers

Patrick is the Lead NFL Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @PatrickKFlowers.