Former Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker, DeMeco Ryans is being promoted from linebackers coach to defensive coordinator for the San Fransico 49ers. Ryans received the promotion after former defensive coordinator Robert Saleh left the 49ers to accept the head coaching position for the New York Jets.

Photo Courtesy of @49ers on Twitter
Photo Courtesy of @49ers on Twitter

Ryans out of Bessemer, Alabama was a Unanimous All-American and SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2005 for the Crimson Tide. His senior year he amassed 76 tackles, 11 for a loss with five sacks and an interception and was named the Cotton Bowl Defensive MVP.

He was drafted in the second round by the Houston Texans in 2006 and spent six seasons playing linebacker in the AFC South. He was named Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2005 and was named to the Pro Bowl two times while with Houston. Ryans then spent his final four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, completing a 10-year career in the NFL.

While in the league he tallied 970 tackles with 72 coming for a loss, 13.5 sacks, 10 fumble recoveries, seven interceptions, seven forced fumbles and one defensive touchdown.

Ryans was hired by the San Fransico 49ers to be a defensive quality control coach in 2017 after one year away from the game. He was then promoted to inside linebackers coach in 2018 by the 49ers, a position he has held until his recent promotion to defensive coordinator.

Still only 36-years old, Ryans has become one of the fast risers in the coaching world given his experience playing in the league and his quick path to a coordinator role.

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