DeMeco Ryans, a former Alabama linebacker who has made a name for himself as the San Fransciso 49ers defensive coordinator, is expected to interview for an NFL head coaching job this week.

Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated reported the news that Ryans will interview Wednesday for the Minnesota Vikings job. Ryans was promoted before this season to defensive coordinator after he spent 3 years as the 49ers’ inside linebackers coach. He replaced Robert Saleh, who left to become the New York Jets’ head coach last year.

The 49ers ranked ninth in points allowed and third in yards allowed with Ryans at the helm this season.

With a college career that ended in 2005, Ryans at Alabama was a consensus All-America selection, one of only four in the SEC and the Crimson Tide’s first since Chris Samuels in 1999.

Ryans was also the 2006 Cotton Bowl Defensive MVP after a team-leading seven tackles and two stops behind the line against Texas Tech.

Ryans won the Lott Trophy and was a finalist for the Bednarik, Butkus, Draddy, Lombardi, and Naguski awards. He was the 2005 male recipient of the Bryant Award, which symbolizes the Athletic Department’s top student-athlete.

He started 37 career games and closed his career ranked 5th on the all-time tackle list with 307 career stops. He earned the Mal Moore Leadership Award following spring practice. He played 10 seasons in the NFL with the Houston Texans and Philadelphia Eagles.