We might have just gotten a hint that the Buccaneers throwback uniforms, and helmets, could be making a return in 2015.
Does this mean Bucco Bruce returns to Raymond James Stadium in 2015?
The obvious choice for a throwback game in 2015 would be the December 6th game against the Atlanta Falcons. That is the game Doug Williams will be inducted into the Bucs Ring of Honor.
No one really knows at this point. I still find it funny that a uniform, logo, and color that many around the Tampa Bay area absolutely hated and despised for years is now so popular. With that said, it is very possible that the cat was let out of the bag with this picture, or Evans is simply just signing some throwback helmets and that is all.
I always found the reasoning behind the reluctance of throwback games to be weak. The argument has been that an NFL team must wear the same helmets all year long due to player safety. According to JBF, "the NFL, since the new labor agreement signed in 2011, forces teams to wear the same helmets all year." That seems pretty strange since the Bucs wore the throwback uniforms/helmets in 2011 and 2012 after the new CBA was in place.
Bucs' COO Brian Ford expressed his disappointment in 2013 when the team did away with the annual throwback game.
"While we regret that our players will not be able to don the ‘Bucco Bruce’ helmet and traditional orange, red and white uniforms, there simply was no acceptable way to meet the requirements of the new policy while staying true to the spirit of our throwback theme. We will continue to explore options with the league office for bringing back this fan favorite in future seasons."
I understand the NFL's attempt to try and show they actually do care about player safety, but the NFL is also a multi-billion dollar industry. I guess I'm just confused as to why the players can't just be properly fitted for two helmets before the season starts. They could then properly "break-in" both helmets during practice. This idea that NFL players need to stick with one helmet is absurd and actually an embarrassing excuse by the NFL.
By the way, numerous other teams go with throwback uniforms every year that use a different color helmet. The Rams are first to come to mind with the lighter shade of blue and the bright yellow horns compared to the Navy blue and gold horns. Most notably are the New York Jets going from their patented dark green to the New York Titans navy blue. Maybe I'm naive, but I'm guessing those aren't the same helmets.
Personally, I could not care any less if I ever see Bucco Bruce worn on a Bucs' player during a game again, but I know many Bucs fans would love to see it. It's time for the NFL and the Buccaneers to stop with the weak excuses, figure it out, and give the fans what they want.Subscribe to The Commish Online Podcast on iTunes!
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