Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon is a presumptive finalist within the Houston Texans’ teaching search.
Whereas chairman and CEO Cal McNair didn’t point out by title both Gannon or San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans, he did point out that they needed to wait until after conference championship weekend to renew talks with some candidates. Each Gannon and Ryans’ squads face off within the NFC Championship Recreation.
If the Texans go together with Gannon, he would be capable of assist Houston’s secondary.
The Texans would have already got a defensive again Gannon is aware of in cornerback Steven Nelson, who spent 2021 with the Eagles. Reverse of Nelson, Gannon had All-Professional Darius Slay, who returned to his fourth Professional Bowl after a one-season absence.
Whereas Nelson left to affix the Texans in 2022, Gannon was capable of elevate the Eagles’ cross protection. After all, including security Chauncey Gardner-Johnson and cornerback James Bradberry helped, however Philadelphia went from Eleventh-best in 2021 to first in 2022 in cross protection.
The Texans don’t have a longtime Professional Bowler, however they do have a cornerback with a excessive ceiling in Derek Stingley. Gannon would be capable of assist Stingley attain his potential simply the identical approach he was capable of get Slay again to a Professional Bowl degree.
Gannon has additionally proven the flexibility to develop niches for gamers. Regardless of being hampered with accidents and showing in 9 video games, Avonte Maddox was having a strong season as Philadelphia’s nickel cornerback.
The 2022 marketing campaign additionally demonstrates that if Gannon is given the items, he can improve a cross protection. Not solely do the Texans have security Jalen Pitre getting into his second season, however they’ve six picks within the top-103 together with $37.3 million in salary cap space, the fifth-most within the league. If there isn’t one other blue-chip prospect they will draft, they will definitely discover a high quality veteran to position on the again finish.
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