The Houston Texans need to apologize to DeMeco Ryans.
In the 2014 season, DeMeco Ryans tore his Achilles while playing on the Houston Texans turf. At the time, the surface was a grass field that sort of worked like when a landscaper places sod down to help the grass grow.
Ryans sued Houston and the NFL for 10 million dollars in damages for a surface that basically ended his career (not to mention that Houston went to astroturf and then true artificial turf after that). An article by the Southeast Texas Record showed that Ryans would have to settle his lawsuit outside of court.
So what’s this all about, and what’s the point being made here? The fact that Ryans led a defense that smothered Aaron Rodgers among other opponents and is one of the hottest head-coaching candidates in the league.
The Houston Texans have such an opening. Houston needs to give Ryans a blank check and tell him, “Name your price.” This is the way to get a franchise favorite back in the building and quell the fears of Josh McCown becoming head coach.
DeMeco Ryans would excite a Houston Texans fanbase that’s had nothing to cheer about in a year.
Everyone knew that the 2021 Houston Texans season was going to be brutal. Blown games and blowouts littered the schedule, along with a ton of “Why is this happening to us?” drama. Finally, Ryans could get the money he sought years ago and take his former team to new heights.
As for what happens to current defensive coordinator Lovie Smith? That bridge can be crossed whenever the Texans get there. Nick Caserio cannot hire a head coach without at least giving Ryans a chance.
Ryans could always decline the interview, as the San Francisco 49ers were just one step away from the Super Bowl this year. No one would blame Ryans for staying.
Yet, at the same time, it would mean the world for Houston to get one of their very own back to lead the team.
Make the call, Caserio, and make it fast.