San Francisco 49ers passing game coordinator Bobby Slowik is being hired as the Texans’ offensive coordinator job after remaining the top candidate throughout the process, according to league sources.
While the Texans did interview former Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury on Friday in Houston in a meeting that went well by all accounts, multiple sources expressed confidence that Slowik would ultimately land the job. The Texans, under new coach DeMeco Ryans, didn’t retain offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton after finishing 31st in total offense and 30th in scoring offense last season.
Slowik, 35, began his NFL coaching career in 2011 with the Washington Commanders before going with 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan to the 49ers.
Slowik is well-versed in the 49ers’ offensive system and was promoted from passing game specialist to passing game coordinator last season after Mike McDaniel became the Miami Dolphins’ head coach.
Slowik has risen through the coaching ranks with the NFC West franchise from defensive quality control to offensive assistant to offensive pass game specialist and then passing game coordinator for an offense headlined by star wide receiver Deebo Samuel.
Slowik was a defensive assistant with the Commanders and an analyst with Pro Football Focus before joining the 49ers. Slowik played wide receiver at Michigan Tech. He’s the son of former Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Bob Slowik, a defensive assistant for the Montreal Alouettes.
The Texans also interviewed Cincinnati Bengals receivers coach Troy Walters, Minnesota Vikings assistant quarterbacks Jerrod Johnson for a senior role on the staff and former New England Patriots tight ends coach Nick Caley, who was hired by the Rams, per sources.
The Texans are retaining special teams coordinator Frank Ross and head strength and conditioning coach Mike Eubanks and hiring former Arizona Cardinals defensive line coach and Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke as defensive coordinator, former San Francisco 49ers chief of staff Nick Kray for the same job in Houston and 49ers defensive quality control coach Stephen Adegoke as safeties coach, according to sources.
The Texans, under new head coach DeMeco Ryans, are not retaining offensive line coach George Warhop, tight ends coach Tim Berbenich, assistant defensive line coach Kenyon Jackson, offensive assistant-quarterbacks Ted White, linebackers coach Miles Smith, defensive assistant-nickels coach Ilir Emini and several other assistants from former coach Lovie Smith’s staff, per sources.
Indianapolis Colts offensive line coach Chris Strausser is a leading candidate to replace Warhop and Cleveland Browns defensive line coach Chris Kiffin is another top candidate to join Ryans’ defensive staff, according to sources.
Aaron Wilson is a contributor to Sports Talk 790.