49ers Expected To Name DeMeco Ryans As New Defensive Coordinator

Robert Saleh becoming the new head coach of the New York Jets leaves a void on the San Francisco sideline at the defensive coordinator spot.

Reports Thursday from ESPN say that the team is expected to hire within and give the position to DeMeco Ryans, the team's current linebackers coach.

Ryans has been a part of the 49ers since 2017, joining the staff when both Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch took over.

The current linebackers coach is no stranger to the league. He played for 12 seasons for Houston and Philadelphia.

Ryans was the 2006 AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year for the Texans. In his 12 seasons as a linebacker in the league, he put up 13.5 sacks, seven interceptions and seven fumble recoveries.

The 36-year-old is now getting his chance to move up the 49ers coaching ranks. Reports say he will be promoted at some point in the next few days.

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