Texans have requested interviews with five coordinators

September 18, 2022; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans before the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Texans have requested interviews with five coordinators

None of the requests are for some of the usual candidate coordinators who have been interviewing for the last couple of seasons.

The Houston Texans are already fast at work in hiring their next head coach.

According to reports, the Texans have requested interviews with Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon and offensive coordinator Shane Steichen, Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero, San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans, and Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson.

Of the three defensive coordinators, Gannon is the most recognizable name, he previously interviewed with the team last season. He led the league’s second-ranked defense this season, and his unit had a league-high 70 sacks.

Ryans is a former Texans and Eagles star. His defensive unit was the best in the NFL in yards allowed and allowed the fewest points in the league at 16.3 points per game.

Ejiro Evero’s Broncos defense was seventh in the NFL in yards allowed and often found themselves needing to keep games close due to a struggling offense. He is also under consideration for the Broncos’ head coaching vacancy.

On the offensive side, Steichen called the plays for the league’s third most prolific offense and had quarterback Jalen Hurts in the MVP discussion for a good portion of the season before he was injured. Philadelphia’s 28.1 points per game was also the third-best in the NFL.

Ben Johnson resurrected the career of Jared Goff and helped turn the Lions offense into the league’s fourth-best unit. It is a remarkable jump from a team whose offense was ranked 22nd a year ago. His offense is largely responsible for the team’s six-win improvement from last season, finishing the 2022 season at 9-8. It is their first winning season since 2017.

Houston announced the firing of Lovie Smith Sunday evening. The team put out statements from CEO Cal McNair and general manager Nick Caserio stating they would be working together closely to find the team’s next head coach.

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