49ers news: DeMeco Ryans steals top assistant to run Texans offense
By Peter Panacy
The 49ers already lost DeMeco Ryans to the Texans’ head-coaching role, and now Ryans is plucking away Bobby Slowik to be his offensive coordinator.
It’s something of a never-ending cycle for San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, losing assistants and coordinators on a yearly basis.
But that’s the nature of being a successful team.
Shanahan’s coaching tree is growing, and that’ll be great for his long-term legacy. However, in the immediate future for the Niners, he’ll have to overcome the loss of one of the more impressive assistants he’s had in some time.
Former defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans, who is now off to the Houston Texans as their head coach.
Ryans was excellent in his prior role with San Francisco the last two years, but he also got to know plenty of Shanahan’s offensive assistants, too. Now, in the wake of starting his own program, it’s only natural for Ryans to pluck some more talent away from Shanahan’s coaching tree.
49ers to lose pass-game coordinator Bobby Slowik to Texans
Ryans needed an offensive coordinator in Houston. And, just as former 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh stole a pass-game coordinator in Mike LaFleur to be the New York Jets’ new offensive coordinator in 2021, Ryans is taking a similar approach.
This time, it’ll be pass-game coordinator Bobby Slowik departing the Bay Area to join forces with Ryans and the Texans, as reported by ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler on Sunday:
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Slowik has been with Shanahan since the latter took over coaching duties with the Niners back in 2017. The two had worked together back with the Washington Redskins from 2011 through 2013, too, and now Slowik is working his own way up the ranks.
It’ll be interesting to see how Shanahan fills this particular void after Ryans filled one of his own.