Dec 24, 2022; Santa Clara, California, USA;  San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans reacts during the third quarter against the Washington Commanders at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Texans hire 49ers DC DeMeco Ryans as head coach

The Houston Texans hired DeMeco Ryans as their head coach Tuesday afternoon, multiple reports said.

The hire was widely expected after the NFL Network and KPRC2 in Houston reported Monday that the Texans planned to finalize a deal with Ryans after a second interview. With Ryans’ San Francisco 49ers losing in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, he was freed up to complete a second interview with Houston, per NFL rules.

The Texans’ official Twitter account posted earlier Tuesday that the team had “completed additional discussions with DeMeco Ryans regarding our head coaching position.”

Ryans, 38, spent the past two seasons as the 49ers’ defensive coordinator. He was their inside linebackers coach for three seasons before that.

A former linebacker, Ryans spent the first six seasons of his playing career with the Texans, who selected him with the first pick of the second round in the 2006 draft. He was Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2006 and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2007 and 2009.

Ryans also spent 2012-15 with the Philadelphia Eagles.

In 140 career games (139 starts), Ryans amassed 970 tackles, 13.5 sacks, seven interceptions, seven forced fumbles and 10 fumble recoveries.

His work with the 49ers’ defense drew plaudits. He assumed the coordinator position after Robert Saleh left the team to take the New York Jets’ head job. The Niners allowed the fewest points (16.3) and yards per game (300.6) in the NFL in 2022 and generated 30 takeaways.

Ryans replaces Lovie Smith, who was the second straight Texans coach to be let go after one season. The Texans went 3-13-1 in 2022 and will pick second in April’s NFL draft.

The 49ers have requested to interview Steve Wilks for their defensive coordinator vacancy. Wilks is under contract with the Carolina Panthers, where he was the defensive coordinator and interim head coach in 2022. Carolina interviewed Wilks for the full-time head coach gig before hiring Frank Reich.

–Field Level Media

New Purdue coach Ryan Walters helped turn around the Illinois defense and was named the top assistant in college football in 2022.

Purdue hires Illinois DC Ryan Walters as head coach

Purdue hired Illinois defensive coordinator Ryan Walters as its new head coach on Tuesday.

This is the first head coaching job for Walters, 36, who was named college football’s top assistant coach in 2022. He has been with the Illini for two seasons following a six-year tenure on the Missouri coaching staff, the last two as the Tigers’ defensive coordinator.

“From an early point in the search process, Coach Walters stood out because of the energy, passion and intelligence he displayed as a defensive coordinator in both the Big Ten Conference and Southeastern Conference,” athletic director Mike Bobinski said in a news release. “His meteoric rise in the coaching profession is in large part due to his unique ability to connect with his student-athletes as both a coach and mentor. With that in mind, we look forward to the culture and atmosphere of success he and his staff will instill in and around our football program, and we see him as a perfect fit for our University and this community.

Walters received a five-year contract and replaces Jeff Brohm, who left last week to become the head coach after six seasons and a 70-36 record in West Lafayette, Ind.

Under Walters, Illinois held seven opponents to 10 or fewer points in 2022. The Illini rank No. 1 in the nation in scoring defense (12.3) and No. 2 in yards allowed per game (263.8).

“I am incredibly humbled and honored to serve as the head football coach at Purdue University,” Walters said. “I am grateful to Director of Athletics Mike Bobinski and to President (Mitchell) Daniels for this incredible opportunity. Purdue is a world-class university, and our football program will pursue the same excellence exhibited across our campus. My wife Tara and I, along with our boys, are beyond excited to join the Purdue and West Lafayette communities. Boiler Up!”

Brohm’s brother, Brian Brohm, is serving as the Boilermakers’ interim coach for the Jan. 2 Citrus Bowl against LSU.

Purdue (8-5) finished atop the Big Ten West division and lost to Michigan in the Dec. 3 conference title game.

Walters played safety at Colorado from 2004-08. He began his coaching career as a student assistant with the Buffaloes in 2009 before spending time at Arizona (2010-11), Oklahoma (2012), North Texas (2013) and Memphis (2014).

–Field Level Media

(File photo) Coach Neal Brown speaks in the post-game press conference after a loss to Texas Tech. WVU currently sits at 2-4, just in time for their bye week.

Wvu Coach Neal Brown Press Conference

Report: WVU finalizing deal with new AD, plans to keep coach

Neal Brown was informed he will be retained as head football coach at West Virginia by new athletic director Wren Baker, according to multiple reports.

A formal announcement from the school was expected later Wednesday as part of the university’s confirmation of Baker’s hiring.

Baker, who spent six years as athletic director at North Texas, was hired to replace Shane Lyons.

Brown, 22-25 at West Virginia, has a $16 million buyout as part of a contract extension that runs through 2026.

West Virginia finished 5-7 this season but November wins over Oklahoma State and Oklahoma might have helped him earn another year in Morgantown.

Lyons, who was hired in 2015 to replace Oliver Luck, recently joined the Alabama athletic department.

–Field Level Media

Nov 17, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Saints promote DC Dennis Allen to head coach

The New Orleans Saints have promoted defensive coordinator Dennis Allen to become the team’s next head coach, multiple outlets reported Monday.

Allen has served as the Saints’ defensive coordinator since 2015, though his experience with the organization dates back further. He was originally hired as the team’s assistant defensive line coach in 2006 and held multiple titles through 2010.

A successful one-year stint as the Denver Broncos defensive coordinator in 2011 led to his hiring by the Oakland Raiders as their head coach in 2012. Allen lasted less than three years in that role, compiling a record of 8-28 before he was fired four games into 2014.

His second stint with the Saints was beneficial to both parties, however. After years of defensive struggle, Allen turned the Saints around in his second full season as coordinator in 2017, getting the Saints into the top half of the league in points and yardage allowed.

He eventually led New Orleans to back-to-back top-10 finishes in yards and points allowed in 2020-21.

Overall, the Saints finished in the top half of the league on defense for five straight seasons under his stewardship. He’ll also bring continuity to an organization that has enjoyed five straight winning seasons.

Allen succeeds Sean Payton, who stepped away from coaching on Jan. 25 with a franchise-best 152-89 record (.631) over 15 seasons.

–Field Level Media

Jan 9, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores watches from the sideline during the second quarter of the game against the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Brian Flores among finalists for Texans opening

Brian Flores remains in the running for two NFL head-coaching positions after filing a class action lawsuit against the league and its 32 clubs for discriminatory hiring practices.

Flores, Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon and retired NFL quarterback Josh McCown are the finalists for the Houston Texans’ vacant position, multiple reports said Thursday.

Flores, who also interviewed for the New Orleans Saints’ job and remains a possibility there, filed suit Tuesday to allege, among other things, that the New York Giants had already decided to hire Brian Daboll as their next coach before Flores’ interview took place.

Flores is Black, and only one NFL team currently has a Black head coach — Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The league’s Rooney Rule, which requires that teams interview at least two external minority candidates for head-coaching jobs, is under scrutiny as some believe teams are only interviewing minority candidates to check a box.

The Miami Dolphins fired Flores after the 2021 season despite Miami finishing with a winning record in back-to-back seasons. In his suit, Flores alleged that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross wanted the team to tank in 2019 and offered the coach $100,000 per loss.

The Dolphins, Giants and the league have denied Flores’ accusations.

Flores said Wednesday he informed the Texans and Saints of his intentions to file the suit.

The Texans fired coach David Culley — who is also Black — after one season, in which he produced a 4-13 record amid a rebuilding year.

Gannon and McCown are white. Neither candidate has been a head coach before, but previous reports had indicated that Houston especially favored McCown, who played 16 NFL seasons for nine teams in a journeyman career.

Gannon, 39, just completed his first season as the Eagles’ defensive coordinator.

–Field Level Media

Sep 12, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll looks on prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Giants hire Bills OC Brian Daboll as head coach

Brian Daboll will be the next head coach of the New York Giants, multiple outlets reported Friday evening.

New York hired the Buffalo Bills’ offensive coordinator one week after hiring Buffalo assistant general manager Joe Schoen as its new GM, replacing the retired Dave Gettleman.

The Giants fired Joe Judge on Jan. 11 after two seasons as coach. They went 10-23 during Judge’s tenure and made him the third straight coach to be shown the door after two seasons, following Ben McAdoo and Pat Shurmur.

Daboll, 46, spent the past four seasons as Buffalo’s OC. He was praised for his work developing Josh Allen into one of the game’s premier quarterbacks. In 2021, the Bills ranked third in the league in scoring offense (28.4 points per game) and fifth in total offense (381.9 yards per game).

A Canadian-American from the Niagara Falls area, Daboll has also worked as an offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns (2009-10), Miami Dolphins (2011), Kansas City Chiefs (2012) and in college at Alabama (2017) under Nick Saban.

The Giants revealed Daboll had his second interview with the franchise Tuesday, when he spent the day at their training center in East Rutherford, N.J.

Reports this week said the Giants had come down to Daboll and former Dolphins coach Brian Flores as their finalists. Leslie Frazier, the Bills’ defensive coordinator, also reportedly received a second interview Friday.

NFL Network reported that the New Orleans Saints requested to interview Daboll before he came to terms with the Giants. Miami was also interested in the University of Rochester alum.

–Field Level Media

Jan 2, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll prior to the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Giants conduct second interview with Bills OC Brian Daboll

Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll had a second interview for the New York Giants’ vacant head coaching position, the Giants said Tuesday.

Daboll is the first candidate that far along in the process for New York. The Giants have conducted initial interviews with Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo.

The Giants said Daboll spent the day at their training center in East Rutherford, N.J., after they previously interviewed him via videoconference while the Bills were still alive in the NFL playoffs.

The Bills were eliminated in a 42-36 overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night.

Daboll, 46, has been Buffalo’s offensive coordinator since 2018. In 2021, the Bills ranked third in the league in scoring offense (28.4 points per game) and fifth in total offense (381.9 yards per game).

The Giants last week hired former Buffalo assistant general manager Joe Schoen as their new general manager, replacing the retired Dave Gettleman.

–Field Level Media

Jan 13, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints assistant head coach and tight end coach Dan Campbell during pregame of a NFC Divisional playoff football game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Lions plan to name Dan Campbell as coach

Former Detroit Lions tight end Dan Campbell is expected to be the team’s next head coach, ESPN reported on Sunday.

Campbell, 44, currently is the New Orleans Saints assistant head coach and tight ends coach.

The Saints were eliminated from the playoffs following a 30-20 setback to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. With their season officially having come to an end, the Lions are free to make their move.

Campbell would take over the role formerly held by Matt Patricia. The Lions fired Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn on Nov. 28.

Campbell played at Texas A&M and was selected by the New York Giants in the third round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He played with the Giants through 2002, then with the Dallas Cowboys (2003-05) and Lions (2006-08). He was part of the Lions’ 2008 team that finished 0-16.

He retired after playing 114 games (76 starts), in which he caught 91 passes for 934 yards with 11 touchdowns.

The Miami Dolphins hired him as tight ends coach in 2011, and after Joe Philbin was fired in 2015, Campbell was named interim head coach, posting a 5-7 record.

He joined Sean Payton’s coaching staff in New Orleans in 2016.

The Lions have interviewed Campbell virtually as well as interim head coach Darrell Bevell, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and former Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, currently the defensive coordinator at Arizona State.

They also interviewed San Francisco 49ers assistant coach Robert Saleh, who was hired by the New York Jets, as well as Arthur Smith, who was set to interview in person on Friday. That meeting was canceled after he reportedly was offered the Atlanta Falcons’ head coaching job.

–Field Level Media