Rob Ryan isn’t an NFL head coach because … his hair? That’s one theory making the round, and it’s a theory that makes sens to Rob’s twin brother, Rex, the clean-shaven coach of the Jets.
Rex told reporters at the Senior Bowl this week that Rob’s flowing locks might be a turn-off to those who do the hiring. In Rex’s mind, It certainly can’t be because of his work as the Saints’ defensive coordinator.
“You tell me one other reason why he doesn’t have a [head-coaching job] right now with the kind of job he did,” Rex told Brian Costello of the New York Post. “Maybe that’s it. I told him, ‘Dude, how about you go get a haircut? It makes no difference.’ I said, ‘You can wear the Fu Manchu if you’re bald.’
“I can’t explain it. Is it the hair? I don’t know. I’m trying to get him to get a haircut. Hopefully, this is one of the things that motivates him to do so.”
In case you were curious how great of a season it was for Rob Ryan, Rex calls it the greatest in the history of the NFL.
“It was one of, in my opinion, the greatest coaching jobs in the history of the National Football League,” Rex said. “You go from 32nd in the league, and they were closer to 33rd in the league than 31st, improve 130-something yards a game and 10 points a game. He doesn’t get an interview? They had more injuries than any team in the league. He had to make adjustments constantly based on personnel. I just thought it was one of the greatest coaching jobs. . . .
“It’s amazing. Everybody knows he can coach. I’m just really shocked he didn’t get an interview at least. I thought he’d get a [head-coaching] job. I guess it wasn’t his time. Hopefully, his time is coming.”