Former Houston Texans DeMeco Ryans a step away from Super Bowl LVI

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Former Houston Texans linebacker DeMeco Ryans is making his case to be the most sought-after head coach candidate.

After going into the icy palace of Lambeau Field and delivering a defensive performance so dominant that Green Bay’s offense was colder than the “Feels like” temperature, DeMeco Ryans has now officially arrived as one of the best head-coaching candidates.

Ryans has guided a team that started the season 3-5 and has his 49ers playing their best defense when it matters most: towards the end of the year and in the playoffs. Houston Texans fans would love for nothing else than to see one of the more memorable players in team history come home and lead them onto the battlefield on Sundays.

Green Bay did total up 263 yards of offense, but most of that was in the first half. Ryans’ defense made sure to give Green Bay’s offensive line fits, as they recorded five sacks against Aaron Rodgers.

Houston Texans should have DeMeco Ryans as the number one guy

Brian Flores is a great coach, let’s make that clear. However, the ambiguity of the Deshaun Watson situation is enough to give some fans pause on the pursuit of Flores. Nick Caserio has been very driven to trade Watson, so hiring Flores and then trying to trade Watson smells like a recipe for disaster.

Ryans’ ability to coach through injuries and keep his team alive in the playoff hunt and then getting this far is an admirable job. It’s hard to see Ryans leaving the Bay Area due to the success they’ve had, and especially if they win next week to clinch their ticket to Super Bowl LVI, their second Super Bowl appearance in just three seasons.

If Ryans can perform at this master-class level next week, then his stock will explode on the head coaching market.

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