When your team name is a color, it’s hard to get too creative with what players wear on the field. Which is why the Cleveland Browns have had, basically, the same jersey for decades: Orange helmet, brown home uniforms, white pants. But going into 2015, the Browns have tried to mix things up.
Yesterday, Cleveland unveiled a new set of jerseys — home, away, and a third — that the team will wear this season. The unis are an updated version of the NFL Nike Elite 51 that “respects the past and embraces the future by paying tribute to the city and the fans,” according to Nike. “The uniform incorporates a modern, 21st century Cleveland-centric design inspired by the Dawg Pound, a group that consists of some of the team’s most enthusiastic fans, and influenced by the evolution of the city itself.”
The update to these jerseys that immediate jumps out is that there’s stuff written on them. The word “Cleveland” is stitched across the chest, and “Browns” runs down the pant. This is the first time such word marking has made it onto an NFL jersey and, honestly, it works and doesn’t. The “Cleveland” in the chest is OK, but “Browns” looks really odd and kind of cheap.
Other new touches include larger numbers and striping, some technical stitching along the front and back of the jersey, and the words “Dawg Pound” etched into the back collar. And with the addition of the third jersey, the Browns can mix jerseys and pants to roll nine different on-field color combinations.
Cleveland is certainly trying to get creative with how the team looks. But, in the end, these are still Browns uniforms. And depending who you root for and what you think about tradition, that can either be good or bad.
Here’s a video from Nike on what went into the new uniforms, as well as a closer look at them: