Report: DeMeco Ryans expected to be promoted to 49ers defensive coordinator

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With Robert Saleh leaving to become the new head coach of the New York Jets, the San Francisco 49ers are expected to promote inside linebackers coach DeMeco Ryans to defensive coordinator, per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

A former two-time Pro Bowl linebacker himself for the Houston Texans, Ryans has quickly made an impression as a linebackers coach in four seasons with the 49ers. Helping Fred Warner and Dre Greenlaw develop into strong young stars at the positions.

After his playing career wrapped up with the Philadelphia Eagles following the 2015 season, Ryans joins Kyle Shanahan’s staff in San Francisco initially as a defensive quality control coach in 2017. After one season in that role, Ryans took over the job as inside linebackers coach in 2018 and has held that position the last three seasons.

Under Ryans, Warner was named a first-team All-Pro in 2020 and was selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time.

6 responses to “Report: DeMeco Ryans expected to be promoted to 49ers defensive coordinator

  1. Demeco has been coaching since day one in the NFL. Great to see him reaching this milestone so soon. He is a future HC.

  2. Ryans will be as good, if not better than Saleh. Ryans has some big shoes to fill, but his players love playing for him. He’s been getting promoted since day 1. Dudes only 36, and hasn’t been out of the game long. Saleh left the Niners in good hands with Ryans.

  3. Fast jump but this guy knows what it takes to be successful in the league. Seems like a guy to keep an eye on.

  4. Wish sports would understand some people who can’t play the game at a high level (professional) may know the game better than former pros who somehow either need the money or attention or are just bored and don’t know how to build their own business or post football career.

  5. rapntacos says:
    January 15, 2021 at 12:14 am
    Wish sports would understand some people who can’t play the game at a high level (professional) may know the game better than former pros who somehow either need the money or attention or are just bored and don’t know how to build their own business or post football career.
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    While I understand the sentiment, I don’t think that is the case here. Yes there are plenty of quality coaches that never were NFL players but many players have ambitions of one day coaching as well. If they are passionate about it and love the game it is another way to stay in the game. If you can have the best of both worlds (former player with ambition and work ethic to be a coach) it can be a great combo. I don’t agree with anyone being given a opportunity just because they are a former player but this does not appear to be the case here. He has moved up quickly in the coaching ranks and is well respected. You don’t do that without grinding just like any other assistant coach.

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