The only thing more offensive than the Cleveland Browns’ on-field performance ever since they came back into the National Football League was their decision to alter the team’s iconic traditional uniforms.
Before the 2015 season, the Browns announced they were doing away with their traditionally classical look and moving to something more modern. That meant “CLEVELAND” in giant font across the chest and “BROWNS” in giant font coming up the leg of the uniform. That combined with a much brighter shade of orange meant a pretty radical look for a team that doesn’t even have a logo on its helmet. The team also channeled the Oregon Ducks by making all combinations of orange, brown, and white available for its uniforms.
Here’s what it looks like in person. Ick.
And here’s the old look from as far back as the 2013 season, which is just a bit more refined.
The Browns uniforms have some fans out there. For some reason. But they’ve been widely panned and routinely show up amongst the league’s worst. The Browns fixed something that clearly wasn’t broken and thankfully for most Cleveland fans and fans of aesthetically pleasing football, a change is in order.
Browns co-owner Dee Haslam revealed that the franchise is already looking at a uniform update in 2020, which is apparently the soonest they can do it because of how recently the team just changed their uniforms.
Dee Haslam confirmed to me another full #Browns uniform re-do could be in the works soon as new window opens in 2020.
— Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi) March 27, 2017
If you’re less than two years into a major uniform overhaul and are already putting it out there that you’re ready to rethink it again, that’s a major sign that something definitely went wrong.
NFL franchises have had a lot of success recently going back to retro looks. We’ve seen the Jets and Giants do it. We will see the Rams do it as they return to their Los Angeles roots and go back to the blue and white. There’s something to be said about great uniforms that have stood the test of time and don’t need constantly tinkered with or modernized.
The best thing the Browns can do? Just go back to their old uniforms and be done with it. Well, maybe they can win some more games along the way too.