The Giants will roll into Dallas a little less stuffy than they have in the past.
After 12 years of Tom Coughlin’s rules regarding the way the players appeared for road games, Ben McAdoo has instituted a less formal dress code for the Giants this season. No longer will they be required to wear suits when traveling. The new guidelines require dress shoes, slacks and a dress shirt, but no jacket or tie.
“It’s a better feel, I feel better,” running back Orleans Darkwa said of flying to and from games in more comfortable clothing. “It’s more casual.”
Darkwa said the worst part of the old rule was dressing after the game for the charter flight home.
“You don’t want to put that on when you just got done playing,” he said.
Darkwa said he didn’t know there would be a new rule when he arrived for the start of training camp, so he brought his two suits with him. When he heard about the change, he had to run to the mall to get a few new items.
Though the rule no longer requires players to wear suits, there is nothing prohibiting them from wearing them. Some of the veterans on the team are likely to continue dressing in a more formal way for their travels. Players such as Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie have worn flashy, stylish clothes over the last few years and they’re sure to continue that with a reputation to uphold. It’s not clear what Eli Manning, who has held his postgame news conferences in a suit and tie for his entire career, will wear.
Others, though, will have a more practical reason for maintaining the dapper look.
“I bought all these damn suits,” guard Justin Pugh said. “I’m wearing suits.”