The saga of Bill Belichick's fashion statements continue.
Belichick started out Sunday's 29-26 win over the Jets wearing a plain blue hooded sweatshirt without any NFL or Patriots logos. He then switched to his new standby Nike hoodie with cut-off sleeves at half time.
NFL rules forbids coaches from wearing non-NFL licensed apparel on the sidelines, which may have forced the halftime switch.This rule became well known when former Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio and former 49ers head coach Mike Nolan wanted permission to wear suits on the sidelines to honor the history of the game. The NFL allowed suits, but there was no word about generic sweatshirts.
Things got tense in the second half of the game, when the Jets nearly rallied back to victory before a classic fourth quarter comeback from Tom Brady and a clutch overtime field goal from Stephen Gostkowski vaulted New England over New York. If things hadn't gone the Patriots' way, some intrepid Boston sports writer may have started a "Curse of the Hoodie" campaign.
This isn't the first time Belichick has made a stink about having to wear Patriots throwback merchandise. In the NFL Network's Bill Belichick: A Football Life documentary that followed the New England head coach during the 2009 season, he was shown talking to NFL officials before that year's Patriots-Broncos game. The refs were wearing their orange-striped AFL throwbacks and Belichick had this to say, "You guys are looking sharp…You should have seen
the [expletive] they tried to put me in."
It seems that Bill may just be a bigger fan of the "Flying Elvis" logo than he is of the "Pat Patriot" logo. If breaking a couple rules keeps the head coach happy, so be it.
Take a look at the pictures below of Belichick's two Sunday sweatshirt styles.