DeMeco Ryans hired as Texans’ Head Coach – A look back at his previous time in H-Town

There hasn’t been much to be happy about or root for as a Texans fan for the last few years. Well, that all changed yesterday when the Houston Texans hired their next head coach DeMeco Ryans. Ryans was sought after by many teams for the HC positions, but he choose Houston and Houston choose him. We delve into Ryans time in Houston as a player and what he has to build on when it comes to his legacy as a Texan. 

Playing Career

Ryans, who played for the Texans from 2006 to 2011, has become a legend in the city of Houston not only for his outstanding performances on the field but also for his inspiring leadership and coaching career after retiring from playing.

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DeMeco Ryans, who was drafted in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Texans, quickly established himself as one of the league’s top linebackers. He was known for his hard-hitting tackles, relentless pursuit of the ball, and his remarkable ability to read the field. Ryans’ talent, work ethic, and leadership skills made him a fan favorite in Houston, and he was soon named team captain.

The Most Memorable Season

One of the most memorable seasons of Ryans’ career was in 2007, when he was named the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year. In that season, Ryans recorded 140 tackles, four sacks, and two interceptions, leading the Texans’ defense to new heights and helping the team reach the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. This was a turning point for the Texans, and Ryans will always be remembered as a key player who helped the team reach new levels of success.


After retiring from playing in 2016, Ryans made the transition to coaching, starting as a linebackers coach for the San Francisco 49ers. He then returned to Houston in 2019 as the inside linebackers coach for the Texans, and in 2020, he was promoted to defensive coordinator. Under his leadership, the Texans’ defense became one of the strongest in the league, and his players have praised him for his knowledge of the game and his ability to motivate and mentor them.

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After leading one of the best defensives in the country in San Francisco, Ryans now returns to Houston. DeMeco Ryans’ impact on the city of Houston and the Houston Texans cannot be overstated. He is a true icon and a role model for all aspiring football players, not just in Houston but across the country. Ryans now has a chance to build on that  legacy and take the Texans to new heights. 

Eva Rogers

A Texan through and through, her passion for the Lone Star State is evident in every word she writes.Hailing from the vast plains of West Texas, Eva has a deep appreciation for the unique blend of tradition and innovation that defines the Texan spirit. Eva crafts articles that celebrate the diverse tapestry of Texas, from its bustling urban centers to its serene rural landscapes.