Thursday, June 28, 2007


...a sharp dressed man. Well, maybe not everybody…

Have you been in a conversation lately about what slobs NFL coaches appear to be, and why nobody wears a suit like Tom Landry did for 129 years with the Dallas Cowboys? I mean the sweatshirts, the warm-ups, what gives?

Well it seems as nobody was wearing a suit because its against the rules in the No Fun League. So San Fransisco coach Mike Nolan took the matter to the big boss with back-up from Jacksonville’s Jack Del Rio.

According to AP, the story goes like this:
Nolan and Del Rio got permission from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday to wear suits and ties to all eight of their clubs' regular-season home games in 2007.

The dress-up detente was the result of nearly three years of negotiations among Nolan, the league and Reebok. Though the league determines what apparel can be worn on the sideline, Reebok provides that clothing for coaches -- from Bill Belichick's sleeveless sweatshirts to the black suit Nolan was allowed to wear in two games last season.

Ever since he got the 49ers' top job in 2005, Nolan has sought permission to dress like his ex-coach father while projecting an image of authority. He got a trial run last year when both Nolan and Del Rio were allowed to suit up in coat-and-tie ensembles manufactured by Reebok during two home games.

But Nolan wanted to wear his old-school outfit at every home game. He saw the move as a tribute to the league's great coaches of the past -- including his father, Dick, who coached the 49ers from 1968-75 .

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said other coaches also would be allowed to wear suits at home games if they desired -- though only Nolan and Del Rio expressed interest when the league surveyed the coaches during NFL meetings in Arizona in March.

Nolan's quest attracted support from 49ers fans who backed an online movement to persuade every spectator to show up to the home opener wearing a suit and tie.

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