Houston Texans hire DeMeco Ryans as their head coach

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Houston Texans hire DeMeco Ryans as their head coach
The Texans have a new coach. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images.

We can now stop with all the speculation, as the Houston Texans have hired DeMeco Ryans to be their next head coach, according to multiple reports.

Ryans completed his second interview with the team on Tuesday, and just a few hours later the deal got done. Adam Schefter is reporting that the contract is for six years.

The new Texans HC has been the defensive coordinator for the 49ers over the last two seasons. San Francisco was the best defense in the league in 2022.

This hire is exactly what Texans fans need right now. It's been a rough ride for Houston fans since former coach/GM Bill O'Brien dismantled the team with a series of head-scratching moves that put the team in cap hell and left the franchise with very little draft capital.

Now, the Texans have a respected head coach in place, are Top 10 in cap space, and have multiple first round picks in the next two drafts. What a day for Texans fans!

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Coming off an impressive three-game sweep of the Orioles, the Astros finally look like they've turned a corner as they are only two games under .500 with the lowly Rockies coming to town for a two game set this week.

Houston's offense appears to be firing on all cylinders, and the insertion of Mauricio Dubon and Joey Loperfido in the everyday lineup seems to be paying huge dividends

Dubon has now started in fourteen straight games, and Loperfido has been in the lineup in every game since rejoining the team. Manager Joe Espada has done a nice job of riding the hot hand, and knowing when to give players a day off. Both Dubon and Lopefido should be penciled in the lineup regularly, at least until Kyle Tucker returns from injury.

Jeremy Pena is a perfect example of Espada seeing a player struggling and giving him a day off to help get him back on track. The results speak for themselves, as Pena was crushing baseballs over the weekend instead of swinging at sliders in the dirt.

And let's not forget to credit the pitching. Hunter Brown looks like a dominate top of the rotation starter, Ronel Blanco should be an All-Star, and Framber Valdez may have had his best performance of the season on Sunday.

It will be interesting to see how they navigate the starting rotation with only four healthy starters currently on the team. Justin Verlander reportedly still hasn't resumed baseball activities.

Shawn Dubin could also be an option should they need him to make a start. Hopefully, Luis Garcia will be ready to go in late July because the Astros have several pitchers that will be asked to throw more innings than ever before.

Addition by subtraction

It's hard not to notice how well the team has played with Jose Abreu out of the picture. The club is 7-2 since they parted ways with Abreu, and the squad has a much younger and more athletic feel with Loperfido and Dubon consistently playing.

While we certainly can't blame all the team's struggles on Abreu, they appear to be playing with a different energy now. Look no further than Loperfido's amazing catch in the first inning of the opener against Baltimore. That play ended up setting the tone for the entire series.

What should we expect from the red-hot 'Stros moving forward? Be sure to watch the video above to hear the full conversation!

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