DeMeco Ryans 49ers Dec 24, 2022; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans reacts during the third quarter against the Washington Commanders at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers have been the hottest team in football down the stretch of the regular season, winning their last 10 games of the year. There are a ton of factors that have led to this impressive play, but star safety Tashaun Gipson seems to believe that one of the biggest factors has been the excellent coaching job of defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans.

Gipson was asked on Thursday whether or not Ryans should be a head coaching candidate this offseason, and he definitively answered that it would “be a travesty” if he wasn’t.

“Absolutely, no question about it,” said Gipson when asked by Andrew Siciliano of NFL Network if Ryans should be a head coach. “If he isn’t, then it will be by choice due to him staying here and wanting to be around the guys. I’m sure everybody would love for DeMeco to stay here, but he has been lights out. It would be a travesty if he wasn’t a head coach somewhere else.”

It is hard to argue with Gipson’s sentiment when you look at just how excellent the 49ers have been defensively this year. San Francisco is atop the NFL in both points allowed per game and yards allowed per game, while also being tied for second in the NFL in turnovers forced on the year.

Ryans is already garnering some major interest around the league, with both the Denver Broncos and the Arizona Cardinals requesting to interview him for their vacant head coaching position.

First and foremost for DeMeco Ryans will be to have his team continue to thrive defensively in the postseason, which will begin this weekend with a Wild Card matchup against the Seattle Seahawks.

[Andrew Siciliano on Twitter]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.