No throwback Football Jerseys for the Steelers

When Pittsburgh Steelers team president Art Rooney II spoke with a select group of media prior to his departure for the annual owner’s meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, he reminded fans the team would not be wearing any cheap throwback NFL Jerseys in 2017.

This isn’t breaking news, as the “bumblebee” Jerseys were retired in 2016, and Rooney II told Steelers.com the team would forego a throwback uniform the following year. Now, before going any further, the team will still likely wear their ‘Color Rush’ uniforms once, most likely on Thursday Night Football, in 2017, but the lack of throwback uniforms are fine by me.

In fact, I’m looking forward to not seeing wholesale throwback football jerseys next season.

I’m aware there are those who will read the previous sentence and will have to pick their jaws up off the ground, but I’ve never been one to get excited about a different jersey. I have a road jersey, a home jersey, and have been gifted other NFL jerseys throughout my time rooting for the Steelers, but I would be just fine with only my original home and road jerseys, both Ben Roethlisberger jerseys, for a while.

It isn’t that I didn’t like those gold helmets when Hines Ward was knocking Ed Reed into last week, or the bumble bees when Ryan Clark and company completely embarrassed cheap Robert Griffin III jersey at Heinz Field. I loved those uniforms, but I guess you can call me a traditionalist. To me, nothing is better than the standard black and white jerseys with those classic gold pants with a black stripe down the side.

Why Browns hate their 2017 uniforms?

Whoever was in charge of designing the cheap Browns’ jerseys might not have a job for long, because apparently the team already hates the new look.

Less than two years after unveiling a completely new authentic jersey, the Browns are already looking to start over.

At the NFL owners meeting this week, Browns co-owner Dee Haslam told ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi that there were multiple problems with the team’s latest look.

For one, there was a general feeling that the team’s nine jersey combinations were too busy. Haslam also noted that there’s an issue with the fabric that makes the jerseys tight and uncomfortable for the players. That might explain their record last season.

The Browns and Nike spent roughly two years designing the new wholesale jerseys, which is why it’s such a shock that Cleveland might already want to replace them. The problem with getting new jerseys is that it’s a long process.

Under NFL rules, you can’t replace a uniform more than once every five years, meaning the Browns are stuck with their current duds until the end of the 2019 season. Also, it takes two years to design a new uniform, meaning the Browns likely won’t start planning for their new look until after the 2017 season.

“We’ve talked about it, but we haven’t conceptualized what that might be, and we have to work with the NFL on it,” Haslam said.

When the team does eventually go through the two-year design process, don’t look for them to make the same mistakes they made when they changed their uniform in 2015.

“We’ve learned a lot through that process,” Haslam said. “We will go through the process probably again.”

As for what the new jerseys might look like, Haslam didn’t want to give away any secrets.

“We’re the Cleveland Browns. We stand for a certain thing,” Haslam said. “I can’t imagine doing anything too crazy, can you? I can’t.”

Apparently, there is one crazy thing that might happen. A team source told Grossi that the Browns are “seriously looking” at the possibility of dumping their orange helmet and going with a white one. The team wore a white helmet between 1946 and 1949. The team also happened to win four straight world championships between 1946-49, so maybe going in that direction is the right move.

You can see what all three of the Browns’ current jerseys look like below (Ironically, none of the three players who modeled the uniform in 2015 are still on the team). The all-orange look clearly isn’t popular because the Browns haven’t worn it a single time during their two seasons with the new jerseys.

Browns 2017 uniforms - brownsLook at their face, you will see.

Patriots may be able to wear NFL throwback jerseys

It’s not official yet, but the Patriots may be able to wear the old school Pat Patriot uniforms again if a proposed rule change passes.

The NFL’s annual meetings begin next week, and in between outlawing cool things that the Patriots happen to be good at (like the leaping field goal block) and making “defenseless receiver” an even broader term than it already is, they also happen to be considering a rule change that’ll bring back great memories (for some of us) and PTSD for some of the rest of us.

Yes, we’re talking the old-school, white helmet, red jersey Pat cheap Patriot jerseys!

(We’ll now take a brief pause for our readers that are old enough to remember Super Bowl XX and need to throw up off the balcony.)

Right now, per NESN, the problem with breaking out the throwback duds is that every team has to use the same helmet color for all their wholesale nfl jerseys, and New England is locked in with silver helmets. Fortunately, our friends in the City of Brotherly Love have proposed a rule change that’d let teams get around that:

2017 Resolution Proposal

1. By Philadelphia, Amends the NFL’s On-Field Policy to allow clubs to have an alternate helmet in a color to match their third uniform.

Now we’re cooking with gas! If it passes, that would allow the Patriots to designate white helmets as the helmet color for their third jersey, and that would match the red-on-white vintage jerseys and pants that the Patriots wore from 1961 until 1993, when they switched over to the now-symbol-of-evil Flying Elvis logo and blue-on-silver getup that the team uses to this day.

For those of you thinking, “Hey, hold on, didn’t they wear throwback nfl jerseys just a few years ago?”…yes, they did! The NFL was cool with throwback jerseys and different color helmets until the fall of 2013, when the rule about helmet colors suddenly became a safety issue. Yes, really.

And for those of you thinking “Why not just wear the red jerseys with the silver helmet?”…yes, you can do it in Madden. I get it. It looks like trash and you know it.

What’s everybody thinking – if this rule passes, are you on board with throwback jerseys? Or does that take the Patriots back to a time when they were the Cleveland Browns of football?