Jonathan Gannon will be 'strong candidate' if Texans make coaching change

By , Audacy Sports

Sometimes, the second time is the charm.

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Last offseason, Philadelphia Eagles' defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon interviewed multiple times for the Houston Texans' head coaching vacancy, before the franchise made the surprising decision to promote defensive coordinator Lovie Smith to the position.

But as the Texans wind down what's been another disappointing season -- they entered Week 18 with a league-worst 2-13-1 record -- it sounds as though another change could be made, and Gannon could again be a candidate for the job.

A source told Aaron Wilson of Click 2 Houston that "Lovie's job is not safe," adding that Gannon and the Texans "have mutual interest," should Smith be dismissed.

On one hand, the Texans are arguably the most dysfunctional organization in professional sports, as evidenced by the fact that Gannon would be the team's fifth head coach in four seasons.

On the other hand, the polarizing Jack Easterby parted ways with the Texans in October, and the franchise may end up with the No. 1 overall pick. And because of the Deshaun Watson trade, the Texans are slated to have multiple first-round picks in 2023 and 2024, along with two third-round picks in 2023 and two fourth-round picks in 2024. If you're comfortable with both owner Cal McNair and general manager Nick Caserio, there's a lot to like about the blank slate that the Texans will be entering this offseason.

Meanwhile, the Eagles face the possibility of a large chunk of Nick Sirianni's coaching staff getting poached this offseason. Gannon is a head coaching candidate, as is offensive coordinator Shane Steichen. Quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson was mentioned as a possible dark-horse coach candidate Sunday by FOX's Jay Glazer, and if Steichen doesn't get a head coaching job, Johnson may very well be hired away as an offensive coordinator by another team.

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