Rob Ryan

New Orleans defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is known for his long, flowing hair -- he's also pretty good at his job, too. (Eric Gay / Associated Press / January 15, 2014)

Rob Ryan needs to get a haircut if he ever wants to become a head coach in the NFL.

So says Chris Mortensen, who reported Monday on ESPN's "NFL Insiders" that "several NFL executives," including an owner, told him as much about the New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator and his flowing silver locks.

"It is about image for these guys," Mortensen said. "They want a CEO-type. That's what they want."

Plus, he's the son of former Eagles and Cardinals coach Buddy Ryan and twin brother of current Jets Coach Rex Ryan. It's in his blood.

And those muckety mucks don't want him just because of his hair?

Well, as weak as that may sound, they are the ones who call the shots.

And if he only thing standing between the 51-year-old Ryan and an NFL head coaching job (and all the financial rewards that come with it) is a trip to the barbershop, well, maybe it's time for him to reexamine his priorities.

Seriously, dude, just get a haircut.


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