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More On Those Never-Created Black Uniforms That Everyone Hates

Posted by Matt Terl on January 28, 2010 – 2:47 pm

All the credit in the world to commenter Terence, who kindly pointed out that there was much more to Gameplan Creative‘s proposed Redskins uniforms than I showed in my earlier post. (My fault; I was completely misunderstanding their site navigation.)

And, since the earlier post kind of caught on a little bit — albeit not always in the most favorable way — I figure I’d be remiss if I didn’t share the rest of this stuff as well.

Apparently, according to the site, “Gameplan developed over 30 different uniform studies with the top 12 represented. The Redskins team helmet designs reflect the different uniform designs. In addition, Gameplan proposed an alternate Monday Night Special black uniform.”

Including, apparently, a few suggested Monday Night Special black helmets (click image to enlarge):

And also including multiple treatments of the Monday Night Special black uniform: Read more »

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Brian Orakpo Checks In From The Pro Bowl

Posted by Matt Terl on January 28, 2010 – 11:29 am

Over the years, it seems like something of a standard conversation with an athlete — especially a rookie — at the Pro Bowl has emerged. You ask about the weather, his teammates, the ambience, what he thinks of other NFL players, and if he’s managed to avoid giving out his room number to people who want to charge elaborate meals and drinks to him.

(In the old days — like last year, for example — you’d also ask Hawai’i-specific questions: have you worn a grass skirt? Have you eaten traditional Hawaiian foods like lau lau or poi? Are you hanging out with Colt Brennan? But this year’s Pro Bowl is in Miami, so most of those questions are out.)

Well, Redskins rookie linebacker/defensive end Brian Orakpo called in from Miami and I saw no reason to mess with tradition. I’m hoping to catch up with him a few times as he preps for this weekend’s game; this conversation took place late yesterday, after the first day of Pro Bowl practice.

“First day of practice was good,” Orakpo said. “You know, we started early this morning, ’bout 9:30, with players getting’ acclimated with each other and getting used to the new scheme for the Pro Bowl, so to speak. They just keep it real simple. But it’s been good so far, I’m having a good time.

“Practice was real light for the first day, just helmets, going out there for little walkthrough practice sessions, everybody just sitting in their gaps and getting used to playing with each other.” Read more »

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Thursday, January 28: A New Uniform That Didn't Happen

Posted by Matt Terl on January 28, 2010 – 9:42 am

There is still no news on any alterations to the Redskins jersey or helmets this season. That hasn’t changed. But the topic is endlessly rewarding for blogging purposes, that’s for sure.

As Dan Steinberg has pointed out, Chris Cooley was asked about a uniform switch in his NFL.com chat yesterday:

Q: Heard you guys may be getting new jerseys. You hear anything?

Chris Cooley, Washington Redskins: I’ve heard something about black. I know everyone likes the original whiote Redskins jersey. But it would be awesome to change it up every once in a while.

This black jersey rumor comes up again and again. Sometimes, the story is that it’s something the team was exploring at some point in the past. Other times, it’s something that’s happening in the future, either as an alternate or a jersey revision. During the 2008 season, a reader was absolutely confident in a series of emails that the team would wear some sort of black alternate for the game commemorating the one-year anniversary of Sean Taylor’s death. But it didn’t happen then, and it doesn’t appear to be coming up any time in the immediate future either.

Which is not to say that it wasn’t explored at some point. Buried in the comments on yesterday’s first post on this subject, a commenter by the name of mrbeef9 posted a link to a gallery on the website of Gameplan Creative, a “Chicago-based, award winning sports + entertainment branding and marketing agency.”

The title of the gallery? NFL Redskins Rebranding.

Here’s the accompanying blurb:

In collaboration with the Washington Redskins, Gameplan Creative researched and proposed an extensive rebranding initiative for the NFL franchise. Based on input from the team and Redskins fans and outfitters, we developed an enhanced identity which included a new home and road uniform, an alternate 3rd uniform, updated and new secondary marks and a comprehensive brand adherence program. The goal was to stay true to the iconic brand while evolving the marks to a more modern and merchandise-friendly look and to create a standardized style guide for a consistant Redskins brand experience.

As best as I can piece together, this was something that almost occurred almost half a decade ago, and — thankfully, in my opinion — did not become a reality.
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