Houston Texans: Is head coach search between Josh McCown and Jonathan Gannon?

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With recent head coach hires taking place in the NFL, are the Houston Texans next?

Since the Houston Texans are reportedly having second interviews with Josh McCown and Jonathan Gannon for the vacant head coaching position most recently held by David Culley, maybe the two coaches are the two they are choosing from to lead the team from the sideline in 2022?

McCown is said to have already had his second interview with general manager Nick Caserio and the other decision makers, but Gannon – the defensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles – has seemed to be impressive too, as the first-year DC is said to have a second interview in the works with the Texans and Caserio.

Neither McCown or Gannon have been a head coach before in the NFL, and both have been written about before by the Toro Times, as one article wrote about how the Texans are “risking it all” with their interviews of McCown, and another article also gave some thoughts and info on Gannon too.

Has Texans general manager Nick Caserio in bringing in both McCown and Gannon for second interviews made these two the finalists, or is he waiting to interview more coaches who are a little busy at the moment in their pursuit to win a Super Bowl?

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Gannon did help make the Eagles defense competitive in ’22, and they even were the No. 7 seed in the NFC. Though Philly didn’t do so well in the playoffs, they did have a good enough season to qualify, and the Eagles must have trusted Gannon enough take charge of their defense, which for years the Eagles have been known to excel on the side of the ball.

Also being with the Indianapolis Colts for three seasons as a defensive backs coach would do well with Gannon because he’s familiar with one of the Texans’ rivals and knows the AFC too when he was a member of the Colts organization.

Like it has also been written before at the Toro Times, though the Texans need to repair spots on offense, adding to the defense needs to to be addressed too, and maybe with his background and even his youth as a coach (he’s not even 40 years old yet), the Texans need a new defensive perspective going into the ’22 season.

As well-respected as Lovie Smith is, and the unit he had to coach in ’21, the secondary had issues and the defensive front needs fixed too, and it is unknown is Smith will be with the team in ’22. Gannon does have the ability to repair the Houston defense, as previously he was a scout in the NFL while with the Rams organization a decade ago.

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It hurts nothing for Gannon to get a second interview with the Texans, and they should try their hand at a defensive-minded coach too, as past hires were more focused on offense. If the coaching search is down to Gannon and McCown, maybe Gannon gets the nod as he’s actually been a coach in the NFL at various levels in his coaching career.