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,