Rob Ryan: I won’t be pressured to cut my hair


Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has heard the talk that his long hair makes straight-laced NFL owners reluctant to hire him as a head coach. But Ryan says he won’t change his ways.

Ryan told FOX Sports that he’s going to cut his hair when he wants to, and not because anyone pressures him to do it.

“It is getting kind of long now. Eventually, I’ll cut it,” Ryan said. “But not now with the peer pressure. I think I’ll let it grow.”

Ryan has cut his hair short in the past, but he didn’t do it to advance his career: He did it to donate his hair to Locks of Love, a charity that makes wigs for children who have lost their hair to alopecia, chemotherapy or other medical causes.

“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.”

That’s just the kind of community service that NFL owners should want to see from potential head coaches.

113 responses to “Rob Ryan: I won’t be pressured to cut my hair

  1. Allways thought he was kind of a flakey guy, but I think that it is pretty cool of him to donate his hair to the Locks for Love foundation.

  2. and here I thought it was about his total lack of playoff success in the NFL.

    now he will get a job because of all this stupidity about profiling him.

    frankly, he isn’t an NFL Head Coach, but it will be fun to watch the fail job. seems destined for the browns or some team that likes to frequently switch coaches

    he isn’t even a “great” coordinator. his reputation comes from yapping, and his far more successful brother who has a super bowl as a DC to boast about at least.

  3. OK…. Won’t cut your hair…

    Who Cares? Keep slamming PBRs and do what ever you want.

    Who on Earth cares about it?

    He’s not getting head coach traffic because his defenses have mostly been average to crappy. He’s not head coach material. He’s not even really DC material except for the last name.

    Look it up. His defenses are usually mid-pack or lower….

  4. WELL, i’ve done the same thing “donated my hair ” for me its ben 5 times.
    BUT there comes a time when you should stop donating your hair “WHEN IT TURNS GREY “.
    what kid wants grey hair ,even tho its hair for them. But come on GREY HAIR , CUT IT DUDE BECOME THE MAN YOUR DAD WANTED YOU TO BE

  5. I’m tired of this subject. If you want more money and career advancement then cut your hair. If you are happy letting everyone know that you could be better then you are but you would rather not “sell out” then don’t. I just don’t care. Shut up.

  6. It looks cool when you are in your 20’s…it looks stupid when you are in your 50’s. Been there and done that (even though im 43 and am already aware that it looks stupid).

    It’s a shame if this is what’s holding him back because he would probably be a pretty good NFL head coach.

  7. Really, its kinda sad, but that’s the world we live in & always has been. There is no telling how many jobs I’ve been turned down for because of hairstyle, and/or tattoos…even though I was qualified. People will judge u that way, and I don’t blame Rob, it aint like he isn’t getting paid as a coordinater anyway.

  8. If it’s true that NFL owners and GMs are so backward and reactionary that they would not hire a job applicant due to the length of his hair in 2014, then perhaps the Rooney Rule makes more sense than previously thought. Good grief. Are these people living in 1964?

  9. It only matters what the 8 owners of teams that need a HC for the next offseason think, whichever ones those are. Right now they think their HC is the best person to have that job today. What about 1 year from today?

  10. I dig the fact he acts how he does. It’s a big part of the reason he’s able to get his players to buy in to his philosophy the way they do. If he were a phoney, people would know. On a side note, to those blasting him for donating his “grey” hair, research before you speak. Locks of love dyes and styles the hair after its cut. Getting the hair is the most important part and good for Rob for donating.

  11. Is it just me or does Rob Ryan look like a homeless bag lady? All that’s missing is Rob pushing a cart full of junk.

  12. And the sign says “Long-haired freaky people need not apply”
    So I put my hair up under my hat and I went in to ask him why
    He said you look like a fine outstanding young man, I think you’ll do
    So I took off my hat, I said “Imagine that, huh, me working for you”

  13. Between the murderers, gang members, rapists and God only knows what Kellen Winslow was doing, Rob Ryan’s hair is clearly what the owners should be more worried about. Clearly.

  14. How many players in the league have long hair, braids and dreads and folks have you soon the
    o-linemen with the long hair and beards, they look like they belong on Duck Dynasty.

    This is bull-sheet with the long hair, like Cleveland has a better option.

  15. Wow your telling me the owners want the face of their multi multi million dollar empires to look professional? You just blew my mind brother. If you have long hair and tats all over you look like a goof and it doesn’t matter what your credentials are your not going to be taken seriously. We get it you want to be a “individual”. Corporations don’t want you to express your individuality, they want you to follow the rules, be professional, and be a good worker. If that’s too hard to do for you, the world always needs more ditch diggers.

  16. Darling don’t you go and cut your hair of you think it’s going to make him change
    I’m just a boy with a new haircut, and it’s a pretty nice haircut

  17. His hair just looked lovely in slow-mo when Thompkins caught the last second touchdown for a NO loss. Let it grow– you could pass for a grungy Fabio and make a margarine commercial.

  18. Yes, there is still a modicum of civility left…..that’s why you still see most people who matter in this word with neat haircuts and ties.

    Obviously, that actually DOES still matter. If it didn’t, than why would anyone actually wear a tie?

  19. I have occasion to hire people. I won’t hire someone with hair like that or that have excessive, noticeable tattoos, or stuff piercing their face. I’ll never say that’s why, but it is the way it is.

  20. Say what you want but the guy deserves a shot. As long as the situation is perfect. He would be the guy to replace a strict head coach. Rex may be flawed by damnit if his players don’t play hard as hell for him.

  21. It’s clearly discrimination! I say we force owners to interview at least one longhair each time they interview for a new head coach. They should call it the Ryan Rule.

  22. What kind of childish moron cares more for things like hair and tats than his career?

    Thats down right pathetic.

  23. Geeze…

    Imagine having cancer and now all of a sudden finding out you might have Rob Ryan’s hair on your head?

    Talk about insult to injury.

    Someone stop this man – please!

  24. Im the same way. If someone says I need to shave I won’t, at least for another week or 2. Even if I was planning to. Just so they dont get it in their head that they are the reason why I did.

  25. Frankly I think this is Mullet Discrimination and I don’t like it.

    We have the Rooney Rule. I think it’s time for “The Ryan Rool” requiring that all teams with vacancies at least interview someone with a mullet.

  26. I commend Rob for what he stands for. When I left the Air Force, I worked with a guy that had sleeve tats and was dedicated to growing his hair long. He was growing it for the same reason…to donate it to Locks of Love. As it turned out, his mom was a breast cancer survivor. My Wife has done the same thing with her hair for years. When it comes to football for Rob, can he coach defense? When it came to my friend, can he fix an aircraft? The answer is yes.

  27. It’s not just for kids fellas, many parents and grandparent need the hair, even if it’s gray, too.

    And I disagree about guys with long hair. Jon Martin says he loves guys with long hair.

    Mr. Kluwe

  28. I almost cut my hair
    ‘Twas just the other day
    It was gettin’ kinda long
    I could-a said, it was in my way
    But I didn’t and I wonder why
    I want to let my freak flag fly
    And I feel like I owe it to someone

    Must be because I had the flu for Christmas
    And I’m not feelin’ up to par
    It increases my paranoia
    Like lookin’ at my mirror and seein’ a lit up police car
    But I’m not givin’ in an inch to fear
    I promised myself this year
    I feel like I owe it to someone

    When I finally get myself together
    Get down in some sunny southern weather
    Find a place inside to laugh
    Separate the wheat from the chaff
    ‘Cause I feel like I owe it to someone

  29. Most of the owners come from a corporate culture/mindset, and they expect the same attitude from their head coaches. The HC job in the NFL really is like like a CEO position.

    Would you go to an accountant or a lawyer with long hair and neck tattoos? Yeah, me neither.

  30. Isn’t this bullying
    Peer pressure by adults like skip a bay less n stephen a smith n others
    They should be ashamed of themselves. And be fined by Espn for their views how many of their bosses are overweight would they tell them that over the radio or tv

    If ur coach is the face of ur franchise then u don’t have a franchise honestly. When u think of Vikings do u think of coach or Adrian Peterson
    When u think Denver do u think coach fox or Peyton manning

    When the jets hired Rex Ryan he was overweight big time and he worked at it losing his weight thru surgery n being healthy

    If the man can coach let him coach what’s the problem

  31. Really people??? The guy is donating his hair for a worthy cause. Regardless of his hair color he is doing it for charity. And to some of you that say he isn’t a good coach, the guy turned around a historically bad defense and them ranked 4th at the end of the season.

  32. Dude, do what you want. There are lot of folks who will tell you what you should look like and you know where they can go. And if you want a head coaching job, have a number one defense on a Superbowl team.

  33. Why are we smarter than NFL owners??
    Buddy, Rex and Rob Ryan are all great Assistant Coaches, but not Head Coaches.
    The Peter Principle was written with them in mind.

  34. Almost cut my hair, it happened just the other day.
    It’s getting’ kinda long, I coulda said it wasn’t in my way.
    But I didn’t and I wonder why, I feel like letting my freak flag fly,
    Cause I feel like I owe it to someone.


  35. You have to look the part! People don’t want to hear that, but that’s probably why most of you work at Walmart or make 30K a year. Look the part, put your time in (school or this case coordinating) and you’ll work your way up and be successful.

  36. Good for him. I’m not saying I’m a big fan of his, but he’s entitled to do what he wants with his hair. I believe he’s MORE than qualified to handle a head coaching gig. In fact, I’m shocked it hasn’t happened yet. It’s very unfortuante that team owners DO look at appearance. How did things work out for Einstein? In no way am I comparing, but basically he is capable of being a head coach. Much deserved.

  37. Unbelievable! History repeating itself. Back in ’71 I set a Pac-8 record in the marathon and then got kicked off the track team because I wouldn’t cut my hair. It destroyed my athletic career. Now, in 2014, we have ignorant, pathetic idiots who still tie hair length to performance and, “well he just looks terrible!” And, “I don’t think it’s right.” Just unbelievable to me.

  38. I am an older dude with long hair and a beard, and I’m an upstanding citizen with a stable, good job who tries to be a good person, mind my own business, and keep it moving. Ryan is kind of an outspoken dude, but he seems like a nice enough guy who works hard.

    It still boggles my mind that Ryan is theoretically at a disadvantage because of his hair… especially in a profession like the NFL where it doesn’t really matter what he looks like.

    It’s not like he’s a surgeon where long hair could theoretically get in his field of vision during a major procedure or something. He’s a coach of lots of young dudes, half of whom have long hair. You figure that would be an advantage… just saying.

  39. you hear that folks, Robby won’t be pressured to stop being a slob and not taken seriously w/ CEO’s of million/billion dolla corps. The man has convictions!!!

  40. Cutting his hair is a cop out for why teams really don’t want to hire him. It’s because he’s a hothead and has epic meltdowns on the sideline.

    I bet most people don’t realize he got his first gig in the pros with Bill Bilichick and the New England Patriots. He was a good coach and didn’t go nuts on the sidelines like he’s known to today.

  41. Come on guys. If you are 50+ there aren’t many out there with any hair at all… Rob’s hair is great. if he wants to give it to the kids there is such a thing as DYE…you know. I’m 50+ and have recently grown my hair out and I can tell you one thing for sure…the ladies LOVE it.

  42. His hair has nothing to do with his coaching ability. That being said – he sounds like a petulant teenager who is losing out on job opportunities because “you can’t make me cut my hair!!” He might actually get HC interviews if he presented better. A HC is one of the main faces of a franchise. It might be dumb, but billionaires are careful to put perpetual teenagers in charge of their property.

  43. Really?! Hair length is an issue in 2014!? Luckily this guy doesn’t have a twin, coaching in the biggest market with a mediocre QB and had gastric bypass surgery to fit in with the rest of the sheep in America!!!

  44. It’s not about his hair. It’s about his inability to coach. And yeah, his fan base looks past that because he’s bad a$$, but it doesn’t change his record, which has been below average.

  45. Heard about this before when he was with the Cowboys and think its a very worthwhile and personal way to contribute. No doubt wigmakers dye and style the grey hair, but the texture of human hair can not be duplicated synthetically. As for Head Coaching jobs, I think Rob is the only Ryan smart enough to not really want to be promoted above his level of competence.

  46. Rob Ryan is so much more like able than Rex but he still finds ways to annoy me at times

  47. Why would anyone give this nitwit a head coaching job?? Even his own jackass brother won’t hire him as a defensive coordinator, so what does that tell you?
    These two guys are living off their father’s reputation, anyway. At least he was a good defensive coordinator. But he was a jerk, too, and the apples didn’t fall far from the tree.

  48. This guy would be frightening as a head coach. I would run through walls for him and like it. I’m sure Cleveland never gave him a shot because our owner is a wuss bag.
    Jimmy Haslam sucks. Total idiot loser.

  49. Im not a genius Rob Ryan but I do know this. Being a coordinator I would think you make about 1 million a year. If you cut your hair you probably will get a avg of 5 mill over 5 years to be a head coach. F%^K the pride. Damn dude it will grow back. Its all about the Benjamin’s!

  50. I’m sure that they dye his hair, so don’t worry about the grey color, stupid! I’m not a fan of Rob, but give him props for the charity. His bark is worse than his bite.

  51. I don’t think that’s the reason he’s not getting opportunities particularily since NFL teams have shown they don’t care about anything other than performance. Aaron Hernandez ring a bell?
    He certainly has capitalized on his appearance to get face time on TV.

  52. Maybe the Rooneys should add something to the rule so there is no discrimination due to long hair.

    It’s funny how players can be covered from head to toe in tattoos but a coach can’t have long hair. Not that I think Ryan is head coaching material but this should be a non issue.

  53. I commend him for his charitable work…but what qualifies him to be an HC in the NFL, he has had one good year as a DC, and at best a string of mediocre ones.

  54. To all the yes-men saying he should cut his hair, go back to your corporate grave (errr job) and keep doing as you are told. Somebody has to sell those insurance plans. Some people just can’t stand it when a man lives his own life. The man is more successful in his field than 75% of humans. I think that should be enough. It is really sad that in this day and age, we are still caught up on silly things like hair length.

  55. I think Rob not being interviewed for a head coaching job is more about how Rex has acted the last few years and not this guy’s appearance. I don’t think most owners want their head coach to be a constant embarrassment in the media.

  56. Rob seems to understand where he is meant to be, a Defensive Cord. So many excellent Cordinators (aka Wade Phillips,Norve Turner, Jason Garrett) become head coaches and fail miserably before they realize or eventually realize where they are at their best, fortunately Rob knows that he is a Defensive Cord and doesn’t seem in a hurry for the HC gig just yet.

  57. His attitude is why he will never be a head coach. He responded like a teenager when it’s suggested he should cut his hair. Just be a DC is a lot different than be the head coach of a team. He has a great defensive mind, but lacks what it takes to be the leader of a team. He’s just like his brother and father. It’s a lot easier to be the class clown (class clowns are never actually funny) defensive coordinator than it is to be the leader.

  58. Pull up a pic of him in the rain in Seattle, and a pic of the character from Dave Chappelles Sesame Street STD skit for Oscar the Grouch. Dead ringer.

  59. I don’t much care for the look, but I respect him for not letting anyone force it on him. Is he out of uniform, like Ridley’s red shoes? I guess the NFL might get strict about it, again. In the old days, most head coaches wore ties and were dressed up.

  60. Apparently all you people on here are clueless!

    They DIE the hair…they don’t leave it gray.

    Geez, please don’t speak about a subject you don’t have a clue about (and for some of you THAT IS FOOTBALL TOO).

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