Last week, citing some unnamed league executives, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that many teams would not consider former Cowboys’ and current New Orleans Saints’ defensive coordinator Rob Ryan for a head coaching job until he cut his hair.
Ryan responded to the report in short order, saying he’ll eventually cut his hair. It just might not be anytime soon.
“It is getting kind of long now. Eventually, I'll cut it,” Ryan told FoxSports.com. “But not now with the peer pressure. I think I'll let it grow.”
Mortensen mentioned in the initial report that many teams were impressed with Ryan and it’s not hard to see why. He took a Saints’ defense that was the worst in the league in 2012 to 4th in the league in 2013. But his name has been conspicuously absent from discussions concerning the head coaching vacancies around the league.
So as it stands, he’s staying put in New Orleans, where he’ll continue running his 3-4 defense and allowing his hair to grow. Ryan said when he does finally get a haircut, he’ll donate the mane to “Locks of Love.”
"Well, I mean I've done that since I was in Oakland,” Ryan said. "It all started with my daughter. I went to school and one of her classmates needed hair and all that. So, I've donated my hair about five different times to Locks of Love."
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