Insider says a fast-rising 49ers assistant could get head coaching interviews.
On January 10, 2022, “Black Monday” will occur, when NFL teams will decide whether to keep their head coach or post a new job opening online.
It’s also the time of year when assistant coaches are promoted to head coach with a new team, as was the case with Robert Saleh, who moved from the San Francisco 49ers to the New York Jets a year ago.
According to NFL insider Tom Pelissero, who released his list of “Young NFL coaches to Watch” on Wednesday, November 17, one of his former co-workers has been mentioned as a name to watch in NFL circles.
Who should you keep an eye out for?
According to Pelissero, who could join Saleh as a member of the 49ers coaching staff who rose through the ranks to become head coach?
If it happens, this man will become Kyle Shanahan’s second straight assistant to be promoted to head coach…and will inherit the defensive coordinator duties.
Defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans was one of the 70 names Pelissero mentions in his column, so he could be a one-and-done.
Here’s what he had to say about why Ryan could be a hot commodity in the near future:
“A two-time Pro Bowl linebacker with a 10-year NFL career, Ryans is now in his fifth year as a 49ers assistant and his first as Robert Saleh’s successor at DC. He’s another candidate whose leadership qualities would have to outweigh his relative inexperience if he were to get a shot this soon.”
But don’t be surprised if he gets called in for an interview.”
When it comes to how he teaches the game, Ryans has already been described as a “hands-on” coach with his players.
DeMeco Ryans isn’t far removed from his playing days, and the 49ers’ LB coach — whose position unit is thriving — is giving some hands-on instruction at camp pic.twitter.comozh0Vo610u
17 August 2020 — David Lombardi (@LombardiHimself)
There are signs that both Ryans may need another year or that he will be ready to take over as head coach of an NFL team in the near future.
Ryan’s Conundrum and Previous Achievements
Some may believe the Ryans, who are 37 years old, should stay in the Bay Area for at least another season:
As Pelissero previously stated, this is his first year in charge of an entire defensive unit.
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