Reports: Texans request to interview Colts DC Matt Eberflus for head coach

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(SportsRadio 610) -- Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus is on the list of candidates set to interview for the Texans' open head coaching job.

The Texans have requested to interview Eberflus, according to multiple media reports, as have the New York Jets, who just fired head coach Adam Gase on Sunday.

Eberflus has been the Colts' defensive coordinator since 2018 after spending seven seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. He was credited with helping the Cowboys transition to a 4-3 scheme with Rod Marinelli after Rob Ryan was fired as defensive coordinator in 2013.

Eberflus joined the Colts in 2018 when Josh McDaniels was hired to be the head coach, but ultimately decided to remain as Patriots offensive coordinator.

Eberflus is widely respected around the NFL, including with Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, who spoke highly of the Colts DC during the season.

“He’s a great coach," Watson said Dec. 2, ahead of the Texans' first matchup against the Colts. "He has those guys playing very, very disciplined, fast, very physical football. They don’t make a lot of mistakes. They get teams to create turnovers. He’s doing a heck of a job for that team. The guys, you can tell they’re buying into his program and his system and what he’s preaching up there."

Watson also talked to Eberflus after the Dec. 20 game in Indianapolis after noticing how the Colts' defensive coverages changed just from playing them two weeks prior at NRG Stadium.

Later that week, Watson said he had not considered he could have been speaking with his next head coach.

The Texans finished the 2020 season 4-12, while the Colts are headed to the postseason as a Wild Card at 11-5.

The Texans have already interviewed former Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, former Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell and requested an interview with Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady.