Positives: This could be an exciting hire because his defense as the defensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles did help that franchise make the playoffs in ’21, and the unit as a whole was solid overall.
Gannon is a realistic option here because he could learn about being a head coach all while rebuilding his team with the help of GM Nick Caserio. Gannon has coached with other team such the Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee Titans and the Rams when they were in St. Louis.
Like Flores, his background coaching defense is excellent, and he’s coached under some quality head coaches in his path to being a current defensive coordinator. Gannon seemed to do well as the Eagles’ DC for one season, so maybe he is ready to lead his own team, and a young, rebuilding franchise like the Houston Texans is the place to learn.
Negatives: Gannon has no experience like McCown, so that does leave a bit of a mystery as to how he’ll be at the next level of coaching. Gannon did help the Eagles make the playoffs in ’21, but they didn’t play well against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, losing 31-15.
Plus, it does need asking if his one year as a defensive coordinator is enough experience to be a head coach, even with all of his experience as an assistant.
Even with some negatives on the experience level of being the head coach, Gannon’s resume is impressive, and now it is up to the Texans if they are the ones who give him his first chance to be an NFL head coach.
Whomever the Texans pick as their next head coach, whether it is one of these three men, or a surprise choice, the fact is they need to get the decision made and get things rolling as it is now draft preparation, and it would be great if the head coach and his coaching staff were in the building sooner rather than later to take part in this process.