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Fashion By Belichick: In Stores Next Fall

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You’re probably wondering why I’m writing about what NFL coaches wear on the sideline.  Who cares, right?  It’s the playoffs! You may not admit it, but everyone noticed when Mike Nolan wore suits in honor of his dad (Dick Nolan), when Belichick cut the sleeves on his hoodie, or the remarkable unmovable hair of Jimmy Johnson.  Maybe by fashion statements, we get some insight into the personality of coaches that we don’t get from interviews or talk shows.  Whatever it may be, random things coaches wear on the sideline remain a topic of conversation, even if it’s a small topic.  If anything, it’s water cooler talk and gives us something to break the monotony of never-ending analyzes of the upcoming games.

Lately, one coach stands above all.  One of the most low-key, cards to the chest, and successful coaches in the NFL is none other than Bill Belichick.  His guarded personality doesn’t portray to welcome or invite attention to him or the Patriots.  So, why every weekend, especially doing the winter months, doing the NFL season, we witness a new fashion statement?  First, it was the hoodie, then the hoddie with the sleeves cut, and this past weekend was the old school wool hat with the furry ball on top.  To quote the guys from Monday Night Countdown, “C’mon Man!”  In retrospective, Belichick was one of the first to wear wind pants and hoodies on the sideline.  You can say he contributed to the new laid back attire commonly worn by NFL coaches.  That being said a few questions surfaced.  What happened to the business suit days?  What happened to the cowboy hat (Bum Phillips) or the felt hat (Tom Landry)?  What happened to the days when you can distinguish between the head coach and the athletic trainer?  Every once in awhile a coach will try to bring back the business like attire (Mike Nolan), but Nolan had to ask permission from the NFL to do so.  Yes, ask permission.  As of July 2009,

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Alex Smith’s Fantasy Value

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Alex Smith stepped in out of nowhere and almost rescued the San Francisco 49ers drowning offense last week, coming just short of a heroic comeback, falling to the Houston Texans 24-21. Smith excelled where Shaun Hill could not, as he came in after half-time and threw three touchdowns (all to Vernon Davis), and over 200 yards in a fury of offensive production. And while that’s just peachy, what the rest of the fantasy world is wondering is, was it a fluke, or can this kid finally play some ball?

Quite honestly, it’s going to be hard to say with a very tough match-up against the undefeated Indianapolis Colts in week eight. If Smith bombs, throws three picks, and the 49ers drop their third straight, does that mean he’s a fantasy dud? Not at all. Smith displayed great confidence, poise, and most of all, sound decision-making.

He showed he still has great chemistry with tight end Vernon Davis, and after a full week (now two weeks) or practicing with rookie receiver Michael Crabtree, his overall comfort level with his weapons and the offense is at an all-time high, and leaps and bounds better than what Hill had to offer. Does Smith

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Jim Johnson Passes at 68

Jim Johnson passed away Tuesday afternoon at the age of 68 after a courageous battle with cancer. The 22 year veteran as an NFL assistant was one of the top defensive masterminds in NFL history. Four of his defensive assistants have gone on to successful careers with other NFL franchises: …

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Steve McNair Killed

In very shocking news, former Titans and Ravens QB Steve McNair was found dead at age 36. Police are ruling the death a homicide. McNair was shot four times, twice in the head and twice in the chest, by a semiautomatic pistol. Sahel Kazemi, a waitress at a sports bar and …

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