Almost a year ago to the day, the Dallas Cowboys fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan after a disastrous 2012 that saw their defence rank 19th in the league.
Ryan eventually joined the New Orleans Saints and has transformed the team from the bottom ranked to fourth in 2013.
But despite being credited for the remarkable turnaround. Ryan's name hasn't been mentioned on the list of defensive coaches getting interviews in the off-season.
The rejection seemed a mystery, at least until now.
According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, who spoke on Monday's edition of NFL Insiders, NFL executives have told Ryan that he needs to get a haircut before he becomes a serious candidate for any head coach role.
“If he wants to be a head coach, he has to cut his hair,” executives told Mortensen. “It is about image for these guys. They want a CEO-type. That’s what they want.”
Ryan is still yet to make the jump to head coach despite his brother, Rex, and father, Buddy both being NFL coaches - neither of them had long har.
It's a strange turn of events for Ryan, who no doubt impressed franchise owners with his exploits at New Orleans this season.
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