In the earlier incarnation of our Cowboys' blog, I lamented the fact that coaches no longer are allowed to wear suits on the sidelines. Gone are the days of Landry, Lombardi and others who prowled the sidelines dressed to the nines. They showed respect by their garb. Suits, ties and even a hat or two.
Today's coaches are more likely to look like a homeless miscreant (Belichick) or at best a middle aged Yuppie on the way to the gym. The NFL contracted with Reebok to supply the sideline attire. Understandably, the company puts the coaches in athletic attire because it is serves as a commercial for their wares.
But in my opinion, some of the classiness of the game is lost when the coaches are not allowed to wear suits, if they so choose. Last season, both Mike Nolan (49ers) and Jack Del Rio (Jaguars) were allowed to wear suits at two games. Again, Reebok supplied the clothing, but it looked so impressive. Though I despise the 49ers and couldn't care less about the Jags, it made my heart feel good to see their coaches on the sidelines looking like the coaches of old.
So imagine my surprise and elation when I read that Commissioner Roger Goodell decided that they (and any other coach who wanted to do so) could wear the suits at every home game. Most folks may not care one way or the other, but I really like the decision. I am just hoping that other coaches follow suit (bad pun intended).