Texans Rumors: Eagles' Jonathan Gannon Told He Won't Be Hired for HC Position

Erin WalshFebruary 6, 2022

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 16: Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon looks on during the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on January 16, 2022 at  Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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It appears Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon will remain in Philadelphia for the 2022 season.

According to Josina Anderson of CBS Sports, Gannon has been informed that he will not be named the Houston Texans' next head coach. Pro Football Network's Aaron Wilson previously reported Gannon was a finalist for the job.

In addition to Gannon, former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores and former NFL quarterback Josh McCown were reported finalists for the Texans head coaching position.

Gannon, 39, just wrapped up his first season as Philadelphia's defensive coordinator. Under him, the Eagles defense progressed from 19th in total yards per game in 2020 to 10th in 2021.

The Eagles had the No. 11 pass defense this season, which was an improvement from their No. 15 ranking in 2020. The run defense ranked ninth in both 2020 and 2021.

Before joining the Eagles, Gannon spent three seasons as a defensive backs coach for the Indianapolis Colts. He got his start in the NFL in 2007 as a defensive quality control coach for the Atlanta Falcons.

He also spent time as the Tennessee Titans defensive quality control coach from 2012 to 2013 and the Minnesota Vikings assistant defensive backs coach from 2014 to 2017.

Of Houston's three reported head coaching finalists, McCown has the least experience, having never served in a coaching role in the NFL. At this point, it would seem like Flores is the front-runner, but that hasn't been reported.

Flores filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging racial discrimination in the league's hiring practices, but CBS Sports' Josina Anderson reported Thursday that he was still a finalist.

The Texans are searching for a new head coach after firing David Culley following just one season. Houston finished the 2021 campaign with a 4-13 record, its second straight losing season.