"We're going to build a program filled with players who have a special work ethic and relentless mindset," Ryans said. "I understand the responsibility I have to this organization and to the fans of Houston to build a winner and I can't wait to get to work."
DeMeco Ryans was named the Houston Texans' sixth head coach in franchise history, the team announced Tuesday.
Ryans, a former Texans player who was drafted and played for the team from 2006-11 has been the defensive coordinator for the San Fransisco 49ers for the past two seasons before joining the Texans as head coach. The 49ers defense ranked first in the NFL this season in total defense, total points allowed and points allowed per game, as well as allowing just 37 trips to the redzone for opposing offenses, the fewest in the NFL.
""I'd like to first thank the San Francisco 49ers, Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch for six incredible seasons where I grew as a coach and a man. I couldn't be prouder of what we accomplished together, and I will always cherish the relationships I built there," Ryans said in a statement. "Being the head coach of the Houston Texans is my dream job and my family is thrilled to be back in H-Town. I have been around the game of football my entire life and I've always had a natural ability to lead others. I know what it takes to win and be successful in this league as both a player and coach. We're going to build a program filled with players who have a special work ethic and relentless mindset. I understand the responsibility I have to this organization and to the fans of Houston to build a winner and I can't wait to get to work."
Ryans, 38, was a sought after candidate in the coaching cycle after a strong six years in San Fransisco, where he helped the team reach the NFC Championship this season. Ryans was also named the Pro Football Writers of America Assistant Coach fo the year for 2022.
""We are thrilled to welcome DeMeco Ryans as the new head coach of the Houston Texans. For so many reasons, DeMeco is everything we are looking for in a leader and coach for our organization," said Texans chairman and CEO Cal McNair. "He has a proven track record for developing high-quality players and constantly innovated his defensive scheme over the last six seasons in San Francisco. We started this process with the goal of finding someone our fans and city can be proud of and we've done just that. While we received a lot of incredible feedback and support for DeMeco from different people, it was our discussions with him and his vision for our football team that made him the right coach to lead us as we continue to evolve as an organization. Congratulations to DeMeco and his family and welcome back to H-Town."