Texans head coach DeMeco Ryans is over the moon after landing his ‘dream job’

DeMeco Ryans was drafted by the Houston Texans and spent the first six seasons of his playing career clad in the club’s deep steel blue and battle red uniform.

Ryans is now the Texans’ head coach, a gig he calls his “dream job.”

“It’s a dream job because we can win here,” Ryans told reporters Thursday. “And we are going to win here through cooperation, working together and building in the right way with the right people.”

Ryans, however, will have plenty of work to do to help the Houston franchise that finished the 2022 season 3-13-1 and hired its fourth head coach in four years.

“This is a young team; we were on the cusp,” he said. “We’ve had to add some pieces to what we’re doing here, but I’m excited to get started and get to work with the young guys, and build a winning program here with the Texans — I’m fired up.

“The excitement is real, and I can’t wait to go to work, to train.”

Ryans ties to the NFL’s youngest franchise run deep.

The Texans selected Ryans in the second round – 33rd overall – of the 2006 draft, and the Alabama product made an immediate impact.

He was named the Defensive Rookie of the Year after amassing 126 solo tackles, still a franchise record. Ryans made two Pro Bowl appearances with the Texans and was involved in many milestones as the club matured from its 2002 expansion roots.

Ryans was there for the club’s first winning season, their first playoff appearance and their first postseason victory. Now he will try to lead Houston back to the playoffs after the team went a combined 11-38-1 over the past three seasons.

As evidence of Ryans connection to the Texans, several of his former teammates attended Thursday’s press conference, including former Texans Pro Bowlers Andre Johnson, Brian Cushing and Whitney Mercilus.

“It’s outstanding. It’s my former teammates here. It’s great to see everyone here,” Ryans said. “The work we’ve all put together here – it means so much to me just to see you here and see your face.”

Ryans spent the past two seasons as the San Francisco 49ers’ defensive coordinator, coaching top three scoring defenses in both 2021 and 2022.

Ryans’ performance – along with his history with the Texans – was at the fore of general manager Nick Caserio, who called the hire a “no-brainer”.

“Who better to lead this organization, to lead this team, to lead [our] players than DeMeco Ryans,” Caserio said. “So, I think everything that DeMeco shows as a player, has shown as a player, he’s done as a coach. His leadership is selfless, his toughness, his team-first mentality, his charisma.”

The Texans will get a chance to start their rebuild this season as they hold the number two and 12 picks in the upcoming NFL Draft.

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