The Cleveland Browns will reportedly have new uniforms for the 2020 season, but minor modifications may be on the way sooner.
The Cleveland Browns continued to generate positive news this week at the annual NFL owners meeting in Orlando, Fla.
No, team officials did not reveal which quarterback the team will select with the first pick of the 2018 NFL Draft – everyone will just have to wait until the night of April 26 for that reveal – but co-owner Dee Haslam did reveal that the Browns will be getting new uniforms.
While league rules prohibit the new uniforms from hitting the field until 2020, Haslam said that the Browns have started the process, according to Mary Kay Cabot at cleveland.com:
"“From a design element, that’s really up in the air. … I think definitely we should take a look at it. They’ve not been very popular with our fans and obviously we serve at the pleasure of our fans. … We definitely are going to look at it and we were pretty new when that started the last time. We really didn’t understand the process. We’re much better equipped at it now to make better decisions. We understand Cleveland so much better and I think we definitely can make some improvements to it.”"
If there is one common theme from Jimmy and Dee Haslam, they are very good at talking about all the mistakes they have made as owners while also promising that those mistakes have taught them a valuable lesson.
Those lessons have not translated onto the field, yet, but there is hope that they will get it right this time with the uniform makeover.
Even though a new kit will not be available for two more years, the team can make modifications to the current uniform.
Team officials will reportedly look to remove the vertical “Browns” from the pant legs — a good move as it will make the uniform look less like something from the Mountain West Conference – as well as the “Cleveland” word mark across the chest. That is actually one of the few positive aspects of the current uniform, however, so maybe it is a bit premature to say that lessons were learned.
The Browns debuted the current uniforms in the spring of 2015 with much fanfare. Alec Scheiner, who was team president at the time, referred to the look as“more radical,” but things quickly went downhill.
Paul Lukas at UniWatch gave the uniform low marks, calling the jersey “high school-ish” and the lettering on the pants embarrassing. Hall of Fame wide receiver Paul Warfield voiced his displeasure as well, as the uniforms no longer represented the history of the team.
It got even worse once the team took the field as the coaches discovered that having orange numerals on the browns jerseys made it extremely difficult to identify the players when watching game film.
This really should not be that difficult, when you come down to it. Use whatever modern-age fabrics you want, but keep the helmet logo free and bring back the classic uniform style that puts the Browns back on par with teams like the Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts when it comes to classy uniforms.
And, most of all, bring back the greatest logo in the history of the NFL by putting Brownie the Elf as a badge on the jersey.
Simple enough, right?