Perusing the comment sections on the blog and fan forums over the last 24 hours, I was surprised to see that while many fans are happy that the uniforms look mostly the same, others were passionately negative about the Nike Redskins approach.
Of those people, most were justifiably jaded by the hype machine behind yesterday’s unveiling, following months of speculation on false concept jerseys. Others were upset that there were no gold pants, some wanted a total makeover, and “Dale C” was certain that he had spotted pink in the new Redskins jerseys.
I assure you that it’s not pink, just poor lighting.
But what fans should celebrate is that the Redskins chose tradition and substantive change, upgrading the jersey design to the best available options in the league. Yesterday, we learned the specifics of the new technology, including cutting edge ‘Flywire technology,” “zoned mesh ventilation,” and aircraft-grade aluminum belts. Seriously.
In total, the Redskins were one of only 10 NFC teams to make all nine available jersey upgrades. In the NFC East, it was only the Redskins and Giants that elected for the state-of-the-art technology, while the Eagles elected to make no changes at all. The Cowboys made eight-of-nine possible upgrades, but elected against the Flywire technology, which locks the jersey collars to the players pads.
For Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo, that technology was the best feature of the new jerseys, as he shared his thoughts with the media in New York (via CSNWashington):
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So be at peace, Redskins Nation. If Orakpo likes the new jerseys and players don’t have to modify their jerseys in-game, then this is a major upgrade–even if it doesn’t look like it.