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Hickok SportsThoughts

Sports historian and author Ralph Hickok of www.hickoksports.com sometimes meanders on about current happenings in sports and sometimes looks back in languor.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Sunday is Dress Down Day for NFL Coaches

The National Football League has two dress codes, one for players, the other for coaches.
Players are supposed to look spiffy, if not downright snazzy. Socks must be pulled up (but not too far up), jerseys must be tucked in, pants must cover the knees.
But for coaches, grunge bears the league imprimatur. Tom Landry's suit-and-tie look is not merely out, it's banned. Bill Belichick's let's-roll-around-in-the-leaves look is not merely in, it's compulsory. (Provided, of course, that the Reebok label is visible through the leaf mold.)
Sorry, Mike Nolan, this is not your father's NFL.