49ers at Risk of Losing Key Coach in Offseason

Isaiah De Los Santos
The San Francisco 49ers are at risk of losing a key coach this offseason.
The San Francisco 49ers are at risk of losing a key coach this offseason. / (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

The San Francisco 49ers have dealt with a litany of obstacles during the 2022 season, but that hasn't stopped them from being one of the best teams in the NFC once again. San Francisco's defense has been the backbone of this 8-4 squad, giving them a chance to win every week no matter who's starting at quarterback.

Now it turns out that unit's impressive play could lead to the Niners losing an important member of their coaching staff.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the "belief" within the organization and around the league is that defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans could become a head coach in 2023. This would continue a trend of San Francisco's staff being poached for HC positions after losing Robert Saleh and Mike McDaniel in back-to-back offseasons.

It's no surprise at all to see Ryans mentioned as one of the top candidates to land a promotion in 2023. The former Pro Bowl linebacker has transitioned seamlessly into the coaching ranks, helming a 49ers defense that ranked No. 3 in fewest yards per game and No. 9 in fewest points per game in 2021. His unit has been even stronger in 2022, ranking first in both categories.

Seeing how Saleh has revitalized the New York Jets, teams around the league could be lining up to offer Ryans an HC job this offseason. Though losing him would sting, Kyle Shanahan has shown a great eye for coaching talent, so the defense should be in good hands if he does depart.

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