Texans coaching rumors: Latest news on Houston’s search for a head coach

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Another year, another Texans head coach fired.

Houston made the decision to part ways with Lovie Smith on Sunday after he finished the season with a 3-13-1 record — the second-worst in the NFL. Only a last-second win over the Colts in Week 18 prevented the franchise from securing the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft.

It continues a run of three straight seasons in which the team has fired a head coach. The last man to last more than a year in the job was Bill O’Brien. David Culley was at the helm in 2021, but was also relieved of his duties at the end of the year after a 4-13 campaign.

MORE: Why did the Texans fire Lovie Smith?

Some fans have become disgruntled with the constant change. The pressure is growing for GM Nick Caserio and the front office to find a long-term solution as the franchise heads into yet another season of rebuilding.

The Sporting News is tracking the latest on the Texans search for a new head coach

The team has requested interviews with each of the following five coaches:

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Jonathan Gannon, Eagles’ defensive coordinator

The Texans have requested an interview with Gannon, who has overseen an impressive season for Philadelphia’s defense. The unit has given up the NFL’s second-fewest yards per game, and has held opposing teams to just 20.2 points per game on average. He has previously held roles as a defensive quality control coach for the Falcons and Titans, and as a defensive backs coach for the Vikings and Colts.

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Shane Steichen, Eagles’ offensive coordinator

Houston’s interest in members of Philly’s staff doesn’t end with Gannon. They’ve also requested an interview with Steichen, one of the masterminds behind the Eagles’ offensive success this year. He has previously worked as a defensive assistant, offensive quality control coach, quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator for the Chargers, and as an offensive quality control coach for the Browns.

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Ben Johnson, Lions’ offensive coordinator

Johnson oversaw an impressive turnaround for Detroit’s offense this season as Dan Campbell’s OC. The Lions were 4th in the league in total yards per game and 5th in the league in points per game this year. Johnson spent seven years in various offensive assistant coaching roles for the Dolphins from 2012 to 2018 before making the switch to Detroit, where he was promoted to the OC position this year after previously serving as an offensive quality control coach and a tight ends coach.

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DeMeco Ryans, 49ers’ defensive coordinator

Ryans played as a linebacker for the Texans for six years between 2006 and 2011. He entered the world of coaching with the 49ers back in 2017, and he quickly worked his way up to defensive coordinator. His San Francisco defense has been simply outstanding this season, leading the NFL in average yards allowed per game (300.6) and average points allowed per game (16.3).

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Ejiro Evero, Broncos’ defensive coordinator

Evero has bounced around the NFL as a coach, spending time with the Buccaneers, 49ers, Packers and Rams before landing with the Broncos as a defensive coordinator this season. While the team limped to a 5-12 this season, it certainly wasn’t the fault of the defense, which gave up the 7th fewest yards to opposing teams this season (320.0 per game).

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