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SANTA CLARA – San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans will become the next head coach of the Houston Texans, according to multiple reports.

Sources told Adam Schefter of ESPN that Ryans has reached an agreement on a six-year deal to coach the Texans. Houston finished the season with a 3-13-1 record, at the bottom of the AFC South. 

Ryans spent the last two seasons leading San Francisco's top-ranked defense, which led the NFL this season by allowing just 300.6 yards a game. The 49ers were also second in the league against the run, while Houston's run defense was the league's worst.

According to Ian Rapoport, the deal comes less than a day after Ryans had his second meeting with the Texans on Monday and less than two days after the 49ers lost in Sunday's NFC Championship game. Rapoport said that Ryans had emerged as the Texans' top choice for the head coaching gig.

Ryans has had a long history with the Texans organization, being drafted by Houston as a linebacker in 2006. During his six seasons with the Texans, Ryans was named Defensive Rookie of the Year and was selected to two Pro Bowls.

After Houston, Ryans finished out his playing career with the Philadelphia Eagles. Ryans joined the 49ers and Kyle Shanahan's staff in 2017 as a defensive quality control coach, making his way up to inside linebackers coach the following year.

Ryans became defensive coordinator in 2021, replacing Robert Saleh, who became the head coach of the New York Jets.

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