DeMeco Ryans is in his third season with the 49ers and second as the team's inside linebackers coach. He served as the team's defensive quality control coach in 2017.
Under Ryans' guidance in 2018, rookie LB Fred Warner started all 16 games and led the team with 123 tackles, while adding one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and six passes defensed. His 123 tackles ranked third among all rookies and 12th in the NFL. Warner also became the first rookie since 2000 to begin his career with 10-or-more tackles in four consecutive games, according to Gamebook Statistics. Additionally, Ryans worked with LB Elijah Lee, who set career highs in tackles (67), sacks (1.0), forced fumbles (one) and passes defensed (two).