In Cleveland Browns rumors, a source said the franchise and its owners, Jimmy and Dee Haslam, are considering switching to plain white helmets.
If you can’t actually win, you might as well look like a winner. That’s what will happen if the Browns scrap their recognizable orange helmets for plain white helmets in the near future.
Cleveland wore white helmets when Paul Brown coached the team from the franchise’s inception in 1946, through 1950.
ESPN Cleveland analyst Tony Grossi reported this news from the NFL Owner’s Meetings.
A source has said that the Browns are seriously looking at replacing the plain orange helmet with a plain white one. The Browns wore white helmets from their inception in 1946 through the 1950 season.
Grossi’s nugget stems from his interview with owner Dee Haslam, who said the Browns will begin designing a new uniform once the team is allowed to do so in 2020.
Cleveland underwent a major uniform change in 2015, when it unveiled a new look that resulted in nine different combinations of orange, brown and white jerseys, pants and socks.
The uniform designs were met with mixed reviews. Ultimately, fans have come to dislike the look, as the uniform has become not only synonymous with losing, but with the worst record (1-15 in 2016) in franchise history, as well.
Grossi wrote about the problems the uniforms presented:
Besides the general busy-ness in some of the nine uniform combinations presently used, Haslam admitted there is a problem with the fabric and the tightness of the jerseys that make them uncomfortable for the players. She said the Browns internally have talked about a new uniform look. “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. “We’re the Cleveland Browns. We stand for a certain thing. I can’t imagine doing anything too crazy, can you? I can’t.”
Completely re-vamping the uniform is a two year process, and Nike would be involved again because the apparel company holds the rights to NFL uniforms.
The project would take two years to develop, so that means the Haslams and Nike couldn’t start working on the process until after the 2017 season.
Xenith and Riddell are the NFL’s authorized helmet suppliers. It’s unclear if the Browns would be able to change their helmet color before the new uniforms can debut in 2020.