Last week, San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans met in person with the Denver Broncos for their head coaching position Friday. He also interviewed with the Houston Texans over the weekend.
Those of us on the outside are unaware of how the interview process works at the NFL level pertaining to head coaches. So when Niners fans found out about Ryans’s schedule, a good portion felt as though Ryans wouldn’t have his full attention on the Dallas Cowboys.
As we know, Dallas struggled to score when it mattered and was often out of sync, while DeMeco out-coached the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator Kellen Moore all afternoon. Needless to say, distractions weren’t an issue for the 49ers in the Divisional Round.
Brian McCarthy, who is the NFL’s Vice President of Communications, tweeted valuable information regarding the NFL’s interview process. The 49ers won’t have to worry about potential interviews this upcoming week.
According to league rules, any assistant still coaching cannot interview this week, making Ryans ineligible. If the 49ers beat the Eagles, the following window for Ryans to interview is on January 30, but those must be completed by February 5.
And although Ryans cannot be hired until after the Super Bowl is over, he impressed the Broncos brass, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk:
Some believe that the Broncos could go first, as soon as Wednesday. They were very impressed by 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans, who can’t be hired by anyone until his team’s current season ends. Former Stanford coach David Shaw also has emerged as a very viable candidate.