The Browns aren’t the first team to try and tweak their team’s uniforms in an effort to rebrand, sell jerseys, or just try to usher in a new era for fun. Now, whether their fans like them is another thing. Here are several other NFL teams who made the mistake of switching it up -- and some that eventually went back.
Washington Redskins (before/current)
We all know what the Redskins wear these days and the furor that incites among some ...
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Washington Redskins (Failed attempt to change?)
... but back in 2002 they dabbled with this uniform for a bit. They weren’t well-liked, but now would probably be a welcomed sight for lobby groups, D.C. politicians and anyone not named Dan Snyder.
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Buffalo Bills (before)
Four Super Bowl trips, legendary players and one of the most unappreciated stretches of winning in NFL history, all gone for ....
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Buffalo Bills (after)
... this darker shade of blue? What is the point?
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San Francisco 49ers (before)
Here is another historic franchise that didn’t adhere to the motto of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” when it comes to garb.
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San Francisco (after)
The 49ers changed the red in jerseys, added shading to the numbers, and dabbled with their helmets, after the 1995 season. The 49ers ended up returning to their original uniforms (in which they had won four Super Bowls) in 2008.
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New York Jets (before)
Throwing away the classic look in which they won their only Super Bowl, the Jets went to this…
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New York Jets (after)
... um... design? After almost two decades of futility, Gang Green went back to their traditional look in 1998.
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St. Louis Rams (before)
One of the most egregious decisions in NFL jersey history, the Rams got rid of the blue and yellow after winning the Super Bowl in 1999...
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St Louis Rams (after)
…in favor of this darker shade of blue and gold. Maybe if they move back to L.A. our favorite Rams throwbacks will also make a return.
Tampa Bay Bucs (before)
So, the Bucs are an interesting case. They went from creamsicle orange …
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Tampa Bay Bucs (middle)
... to this total change of pace...
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Tampa Bay Bucs (after)
...to these last season. From creamsicle to “Tron”-style weirdness, the Bucs can’t seem to figure it out.
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Denver Broncos (before)
The classic Broncos unis… from the days of the Orange Crush and John Elway's Super Bowl blowouts. They were pretty charming.
Denver Broncos (after)
This just seemed to be an error in judgement. They may have won two Super Bowls wearing these, but the Broncos have recently blended the two, making orange the dominant color again.
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San Diego Chargers (before)
The powder blues! What a sight for sore eyes.
San Diego Chargers (after)
The day the powder-blues went away, most of San Diego probably shed a tear. These just don’t do it for us.