The Browns should avoid wearing orange jersey’s ever again.
An interesting conversation popped up on Thursday as orange Browns’ jerseys were seen on the Browns official shop website. The image, which featured a Nick Chubb’s nameplate, was an orange base with solid brown numbers, adorned with black and white sleeve stripes. They’re relatively tame all things considered but most jerseys don’t usually end up matching helmets.
Plus there’s the fact that orange jerseys are pretty much a curse in Cleveland.
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The appearance of the jersey, however, got fans wondering if they were going to be part of a new jersey combination for the 2022 season or if it was an error. One fan asked JW Johnson, EVP of the Browns, for a response and Johnson said via Twitter;
"First time seeing Orange Jerseys and can tell you that we will 100% NOT have Orange Jerseys on the field anytime soon."
Hopefully, that’s true, because the idea of an orange jersey, with an orange helmet capping it off, is ugly, in my opinion. It’s truly one of the more gaudy-looking jersey combinations you can think of. Whatever happened to the all-white look with an orange helmet? That’s the look Browns fans idolize.
Not…whatever that jersey is…
The Browns have had orange jerseys before to mixed reception
As the header image shows, the Browns used orange jerseys for a spell in the early 00s and then again in the late twenty-teens. First introduced in 2004, the jersey’s are kind of synymous with the Jeff Garcia era of Browns. While Garcia still had some good years left in him, the Browns didn’t know how to build an offense around him, and the team ended up being garbage. They were retired not long after and those versions of orange never saw the light of day again.
They were brought back in 2015, or the Johnny Manziel/Hue Jackson Eras. They were a deeper shade of orange this time around and were worn with both orange, brown, and white pants, to give it a head-to-toe pajama appearance. When that version of the jersey was thankfully retired and with the team going back to a look that was more modernized-retro in nature, the orange jerseys were once again faded out of the line completely, which is a good thing.
The orange jersey only ever seems to accompany bad football. Maybe that’s pure superstition but isn’t that enough of a reason to refrain from using uniforms that look like a 12-year-old designed a team in Madden’s old create-a-franchise mode?
I say, forget the orange jerseys. Keep it simple and stick with the brown and white. The only orange we need is on the helmets.