DeMeco Ryans declines second interview with Vikings

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49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans declined a second interview with the Vikings, Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports.

Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell had his second interview Monday. Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris, Giants defensive coordinator Patrick Graham and Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh remain in the running. Harbaugh will fly to Minnesota on Wednesday.

Ryans was one of eight coaches to talk to the team remotely as it seeks a replacement for Mike Zimmer. The Vikings hired Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as their new General Manager last week.

Ryans upped his stock with his unit’s performance against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in the divisional round. The 49ers held the Packers to 263 yards and Rodgers to 225 passing yards and no touchdowns.

Ryans played linebacker with the Texans and Eagles from 2006-15 and made two Pro Bowls. He is in his fifth season as a 49ers’ assistant coach and first as the defensive coordinator.

23 responses to “DeMeco Ryans declines second interview with Vikings

  1. Only reason for this is he knows he isn’t getting it, which means he also knows who is getting it.

  2. Don’t blame him. The 49ers are a good organization, he hasn’t coached much, and can still learn more before doing the HC thing.

  3. I’m kinda relieved. He’s done a phenomenal job as the DC this year in SF, but I’m not convinced he’s quite ready to be a HC yet, he needs just a bit more experience at his current level first. Another season or two like this one and I think he’ll be the top candidate for every team with a HC vacancy at that time.

  4. That is certainly surprising! Unless Kwesi leaked to him that other candidates were preferred by the Vikings in this search process.

  5. What’s the thinking on this? Just a cover interview for a harbaugh hire? Not ready after first year as coordinator? I’m curious!

  6. “Ryans upped his stock with his unit’s performance against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in the divisional round.”

    He then promptly dropped his stock with his unit’s performance against the Rams.

  7. Seems to me that Ryans believes he doesn’t want to waste time going after a position he isn’t likely to get. Harbaugh is definitely the front runner.

  8. This was the guy I wanted. All the press around him was positive and that game against the Packers was brilliant. But the Viking’s cap situation and need to shed veterans makes this an awful tough job for a first time head coach.

  9. Classic! 🤣
    DeMeco got one good look at that clown show they’re rolling with in Minnie and said, “Thanks, but…umm…no thanks!”
    Can anyone truly blame him?

  10. minime says:
    February 1, 2022 at 6:08 am

    Vikes probably didnt want him.
    Showed his failures in the championship game.
    *******
    By virtue of asking him to sit for a 2nd interview shows that the Vikings had a keen interest in the 49ers’ DC.
    No, it’s the other way around, DeMeco Ryans didn’t want the Vikings.

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