Houston Texans coaching interviews put on hold for some top candidates

Mike Kafka is set to interview a second time, but other notable names will have to wait.

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Defensive Coordinator DeMeco Ryans of the San Francisco 49ers looks on during the first half against the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Levi's Stadium on January 22, 2023 in Santa Clara, California.

Defensive Coordinator DeMeco Ryans of the San Francisco 49ers looks on during the first half against the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Levi's Stadium on January 22, 2023 in Santa Clara, California.

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With initial interviews complete with a handful of candidates, the picture surrounding the Houston Texans' head coaching search is beginning to become a bit more clear. That said, there might be a momentary hold-up before the organization is able to move forward in the hiring process.

According to a report from the Houston Chronicle, the Texans are set to conduct second interviews with both New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Kafka and Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero this week. The Giants lost to the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday in the divisional round, while the Broncos did not reach the postseason. As for interviewing some of their other top candidates, NFL rules have left the Texans in somewhat of a waiting game.

Offensive Coordinator Mike Kafka of the New York Giants looks on ahead of the the preseason game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on August 11, 2022 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Offensive Coordinator Mike Kafka of the New York Giants looks on ahead of the the preseason game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on August 11, 2022 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

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The Texans, as well as all other NFL teams, are unable to speak with candidates who are coaching in the AFC and NFC championship games until next week. This specifically applies to three of the Texans' top potential options to take over as head coach: San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans and Eagles coordinators Shane Steichen (OC) and Jonathan Gannon (DC). Ryans, Steichen and Gannon have all completed their first interview with the team.

Philadelphia Eagles coaches Shane Steichen and Jonathan Gannon head to the locker room during the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Commanders on September 25, 2022 at Fedex Field in Landover, Maryland.

Philadelphia Eagles coaches Shane Steichen and Jonathan Gannon head to the locker room during the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Commanders on September 25, 2022 at Fedex Field in Landover, Maryland.

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Ryans, a Defensive Rookie of the Year and Pro Bowl linebacker during his playing days with the Texans, is a popular pick among both the fan base and other teams in search of a head coach. Ryans' first interview with his former team went well by all accounts, while Gannon and Steichen are also viewed as leading candidates for the position.

The Texans are hiring their third new head coach in as many years, with David Culley and Lovie Smith each being fired after just one season.

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