New owner Jimmy Haslam recently said that the Browns had petitioned the NFL to look into updating their uniforms. Apparently, it's a two-year process, so while the look will be the same next year, look out for something new in 2014. Haslam has indicated that the plain, orange helmet is staying, but just how new everything else is, though, is anybody's guess. (We had a much more limited thread on this subject over in the Browns forum some time back. This content is considerably expanded, there is no poll, and since the previous one was speculative--and this train is apparently leaving the station now--I think it merits a new thread. And one in the NFL forum, which people obviously pay more attention to. That, and we're going beat Super Bowl XLVII and its storylines to death pretty soon if we don't pace ourselves.)
Since we aren't playing any more football games and presumably because it's cheap, interactive internet content, the Plain Dealer has decided to let fans put forward designs for new uniforms for the team. There are three full pages of designs here and here and here.
Now, I'm as much a traditionalist as anyone else when it comes to the Browns' uniforms. I hope the changes aren't radical and I hope the team retains much of its current look. I also understand, though, that this guy just paid a billion dollars for something and re-branding a little might help his investment. So, I'm willing to play along. Not that I get a vote, but really, all I want is to avoid vertical stripes/flares. They usually look hideous, they always make linemen look like Jabba the Hut, and I don't even want to know what they would look like with brown and orange.
All that said, I have a couple favorites from the group.
For instance, I actually really like this checkerboard design (below). It's simple and different, but not very modern. It in fact feels even more old school than what we currently have. I also like the updated Brownie elf, as well, as a primary logo. I was expecting to like something with more orange, but this is my favorite of the fan designs.
I also don't hate these. It's a little different, incorporating a bit more orange, but it's still true to the team's long-term concept. Not bad.
And here's the most traditional of all. Slightly longer sleeves, reminiscent of the uniforms of the '60s and '70s.
Anyway, there's a lot of range. Some of the designs look reasonably professional and sophisticated (and their concepts aren't half bad, either). A lot of them aren't so great, in terms of production quality or concept. Either way, pick out your favorites and pick out your goats. We have a week until Super Bowl media day, anyway.