Cleveland Browns: Orange is the New White
By Tyler Hise
Will the Cleveland Browns show their true colors in 2018?
If you are a fan of white jerseys matched with white pants, then you probably loved watching Cleveland Browns‘ games in 2017. The Browns wore the white on white combo for 13 out of their 16 games in 2017 and a total of 21 out of the 48 games they have had since they adopted the new uniform style before the 2015 season.
Clearly, the efforts of the organization were not centered around picking uniform combinations each week. Personally, I love the old saying “you look good, you play good.” What player doesn’t want to have a sharp looking uniform?
The Browns have nine different jersey/pant combinations which include the colors brown, white and orange. However, for almost 80 percent of their games in the past three seasons, their combos have consisted of only brown/white pairings.
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If you took a poll of Cleveland fans and asked them what their favorite jersey color is, you would most likely get a resounding “Orange.” So, why won’t the Browns showcase the color most people think of when they think Cleveland Browns?
Let me preface this next stat by saying that uniforms do not directly impact the results of games, despite what some people though about the New England Patriots wearing white in the Super Bowl. But, if we look at the Browns’ record when wearing orange jerseys over the past three years, they are 1-3 (.250) and 3-40 (.075) when wearing brown or white jerseys. Obviously the bigger problem there is the fact that they have only won four games over the past three seasons, but that’s not the point.
I’m not asking them to wear orange every game or even wear the orange on orange combination at the risk of looking like a team of highlighters. What I am asking, is that we don’t see the same white on white jersey and pants for 80 percent of the games next year.
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Now, will the Browns win more if they wear more orange in 2018, probably not. But, would all of Cleveland love to see them incorporate more color into their weekly showings? Absolutely.