Coach Ryans works with Christian Harris


  Written by: MAi'Ghen Storm | Photo credit: Brian Barefield

DeMeco Ryans is a Pro Bowl linebacker who knows a thing or two about the position. He played for the Houston Texans from 2006 to 2011 and was an inside linebackers coach for the San Francisco 49ers from 2017 to 2022.

Now, as the Texans' head coach, Ryans is working with second-year linebacker Christian Harris. Ryans said that he and Harris have been talking about eye progression. "When you're playing linebacker, if your eyes are in the right place, you're probably going to be right 99% of the time," Ryans said.

Harris is a quick learner and asks great questions, which Ryans appreciates. "It's fun to coach a guy who's very inquisitive and wants to know everything about what's going on around him," Ryans said.

Harris had a promising rookie season with 74 combined tackles, six tackles for loss, three quarterback hits, 1.0 sack, a forced fumble, five pass breakups, and an interception. Ryans knows that players develop at their own pace, but he is confident that Harris will be a star in the NFL.

Harris has been working with first-team defense alongside Christian Kirksey and Denzel Perryman. Ryans said that Harris is "just fine" and that he is excited to see what he can do in his second season.

I am excited to see what Harris can do in his second season as well. He has the potential to be a great linebacker in the NFL, and I am glad that he is learning from a Pro Bowler like DeMeco Ryans.

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