Jonathan Gannon has emerged as the frontrunner to replace Lovie Smith and become the Houston Texans' next head coach, according to Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports.

The 40-year-old Gannon is currently in his second season as the Eagles defensive coordinator.

Under Gannon this season, the Eagles defense lead the league in sacks, setting a franchise record and allowed the eighth-fewest points per game in the regular season (20.2) and the second-fewest yards per game (301.5).

Before Philadelphia, Gannon spent time as an assistant for the Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee Titans and Atlanta Falcons.

He interviewed twice with the Texans last season, but ultimately lost out to Smith, who was fired after one season with Houston.

Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen is right behind Gannon at the top of the Texans' list,  but neither has head coaching experience.

Steichen interviewed with the Texans, Colts and Panthers. Two other Eagles assistants, Dennard Wilson and Kevie Patuallo, had interviews about coordinator jobs.

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