The NFL has relented and will allow head coaches to wear suits on game day. Sort of.
Mike Nolan and Jack Del Rio are ready to suit up. The San Francisco coach and his Jacksonville counterpart have the NFL’s permission to wear dress suits designed by Reebok during two games this season. Nolan is expected to debut his old-school outfit — a black suit, a white shirt and a red-and-gold-striped tie — at the 49ers’ home game against Seattle on Sunday. Del Rio also will wear a suit-and-tie ensemble in Monday night’s home game against the Giants.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the 49ers coach has permission to “test-drive” the suit at two games this season. “Working with Reebok, they were able to come up with something that should work for him,” McCarthy said.
Nolan first broached the idea shortly after he was hired by the 49ers in 2005. He believes the ensemble will project an image of authority while also honoring his father, Dick, the 49ers’ coach from 1968-75, and Hall of Fame coaches such as Tom Landry and Vince Lombardi.
But the NFL couldn’t immediately give permission, citing its lucrative outfitting contract with Reebok. Nolan has worn pullovers and polo shirts during his tenure, but has worked with Reebok’s designers to come up with the natty ensemble he’s expected to show off Sunday.
Dan Reeves is thought to be the last NFL coach to wear a suit on the sideline. Coaches have been required to wear team-issued clothing since 1993.
A good move by the NFL, although I’m a bit dubious of dress suits designed by a sneaker company. I understand the desire to generate revenue by having the coaches sport sponsored apparel. Still, the players and assistant coaches will be doing that, anyway. Frankly, most head coaches will, too, out of sheer comfort and practicality. But a proper suit was what men like Halas and Landry wore. Surely, honoring that tradition should be permitted.
- Jaguars to Make Cowboys Wear Dark Jerseys in Heat
- San Francisco 49ers fire coach Mike Nolan
- Miami Dolphins name Mike Nolan Defensive Coordinator
- Proposed College Football Rules Changes
- Cowboys to Interview Rivera, Caldwell Not Interested?
- Atlanta Falcons fire Jim Mora as coach
- Another reason to dislike ESPN
- Frost bitten- GB Packers to cut underperforming punter
- Parcells and Coughlin vs. the Computer
- Packers QB Aaron Rodgers Out for Season, Brett Favre Questionable
- Eight is Enough- Edmonton beats Chicago 8-4
- Lydia Ko wins New South Wales Open
- The Comeback I- Pittsburgh Penguins beat NY Islanders 5-0
- Seattle Mariners Outfielder Greg Halman stabbed to death at age 24
- Hee Young Park wins CME Titleholders Championship
- Oklahoma State Women’s Basketball Coach Kurt Budke dead at 50
- Costly mistake- Blackhawks waive Rostislav Olesz
- Manager Tony La Russa announces retirement
- Puck Drop- Florida Panthers start the 2011-12 NHL season
- 13-time PGA Tour winner Dave Hill dead at 74
Comments are Closed