After a terrible 2013 season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers decided to make some changes. First, they fired head coach Greg Schiano and replaced him with former Bears coach Lovie Smith. Then they introduced a new logo. And today, the team debuted a new jersey.
The uni is based on the NFL Nike Elite 51 design, and is a sort of mix of the Bucs' past, present, and future. The team retained the red that has been a staple of the uniform since 1997. But it has replaced the pewter gray with black and have incorporated flashes of orange found in the team's original uniform. The numbering is also new: Out is the standard blocky numbers found on most NFL jerseys, and a system that looks like a digital clock display is in.
"Today marks the culmination of more than two years of research and planning to bring the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into a new and exciting era of our history," Buccaneers co-chairman Edward Glazer said in a press release. "We worked closely with our partners at Nike to design a uniform that would set the standard for both design and functionality. The result is a sleek, modern design that honors our championship past while also establishing a new, bolder identity moving forward."
Here's a closer look at the new jersey, along with the team's new logo design:
Update (4:30 p.m.): The team released more images this afternoon showcasing its home jersey. Check 'em out:
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Images courtesy Nike