Another day, another “thing” with the Cleveland Browns.
The latest, from Tony Grossi at ESPN Cleveland, is that the coaching staff does not like the orange numbers on the new brown jerseys because it makes the player indistinguishable on game film.
Grossi addressed the issue in an answer in his latest “Hey Tony” column:
I’m told the coaches themselves were not happy with the orange numerals when they reviewed the coaches tape of the Tampa game. They had trouble identifying players. It’s hard to believe that after two years of research on all the uniform combinations that Nike could not detect a problem with that particular orange on brown combo. From what I recall, the uniforms can’t be changed for five years. They can just refrain from wearing the orange-on-brown.
From watching the game against Tampa Bay on TV, the coaches have a point. It was hard to see the numbers against the brown jerseys.
The question then is, just how big of a deal is this?
For some, it will turn into another example of the “same old Browns” – the club can’t even change the uniforms without screwing it up.
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Of course, it could also just be as simple as, now that the season is ready to begin, there won’t be as many players on the film so the coaches will adapt. Or the team can just simply not wear the brown jerseys.
Because the truth is, no matter which combination of the new uniforms the team wears, they still look like a team from the Mountain West Conference. The jerseys may be big sellers among the fans, but that doesn’t mean they don’t look amateurish when the players take the field.
The biggest takeaway, as it has been since the club debuted the new uniforms last spring, is that it is the players in the uniforms, not the uniforms, that will make the club winners.