WATCH: Houston Texans’ HC DeMeco Ryans celebrates with his family after winning the Wild Card game against the Cleveland Browns

DeMeco Ryans is a strong candidate to win the NFL Coach of the Year award this season.

WATCH: Houston Texans’ HC DeMeco Ryans celebrates with his family after winning the Wild Card game against the Cleveland Browns

DeMeco Ryans celebrating with his family (via screengrab/ X)

The Houston Texans played their first postseason game on Saturday since 2019 and what a return it was! They destroyed the Cleveland Browns, 45-14, and advanced to the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

It was a historic game as well, as the Texans became the first team to win their division with a rookie head coach and a rookie quarterback. Both CJ Stroud and HC DeMeco Ryans have been brilliant this season.

Ryans, especially, has done a fantastic job with a team that finished dead last in their division last year. He came in as the team’s head coach after serving as the San Francisco 49ers’ defensive coordinator for a couple of years. Under his guidance, the Niners had a ferocious defense last year as San Francisco went all the way to the NFC Championship game.

After leading the team to a brilliant victory on Saturday against the Browns, Ryans celebrated with his family on the sidelines. The NFL‘s official Twitter account shared a wholesome video of the head coach celebrating with his family after the game. He hugged his wife and his kids before heading into the locker room. The video was captioned as, “DeMeco and the Ryans family” with a couple of heart emojis.

The Texans will most likely play the Baltimore Ravens if there are no upsets in the remaining AFC Wild Card games. That will be a tough matchup for Ryans and company. However, they still have a lot of time to prepare for that game.

J.J. Watt expresses disappointment that DeMeco Ryans’ playoff debut won’t count for COTY

The Houston Texans’ head coach, DeMeco Ryans is one of the frontrunners to win the NFL Coach of the Year this season. The rookie head coach has done a terrific job with the Texans and won his first playoff game as an HC in dominating fashion.

Houston defeated the Cleveland Browns in their Wild Card matchup on Saturday. However, that win won’t count as the voting for the Coach of the Year closed on Tuesday.

J.J. Watt (L) and DeMeco Ryans (R)
J.J. Watt (L – via Imago) and DeMeco Ryans (R – via ESPN)

Former Texans’ DE J.J. Watt expressed his disappointment at the fact that Ryans’ spectacular debut won’t be included in the COTY voting. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year tweeted,

It’s unfortunate that Coach of the Year voting ended on Tuesday. DeMeco is putting on a masterclass.

Prior to joining the Texans, Ryans was the San Francisco 49ers‘ DC. He had a stellar run with the Niners and led the defense to the top of almost every ranking last year. He will hope to doing the same with Houston going forward.

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