NFL gives teams “more flexibility” to bail on Color Rush uniforms

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The Color Rush program is, as a practical matter, dead. If a team wants it to be dead.

Although the league did not embrace an official rule change that would have allowed teams to ditch the  Color Rush uniforms, the NFL says that it has provided “more flexibility” for teams to choose some other color from its broader scheme. This is a fancy way of saying that, basically, that Color Rush it’s now optional.

That’s what happened on Thursday night for Washington. Earlier this year, both the Eagles and Dolphins deviated from the official Color Rush ensemble.

Apparently, as long as the jersey is the same color as the pants — and as long as there’s sufficient contrast (and no possibly color-blindness impact) with the opposing team — teams can choose not to wear the Nikefied Color Rush creations. Which is perhaps the best thing we’ve heard in weeks.

31 responses to “NFL gives teams “more flexibility” to bail on Color Rush uniforms

  1. Some of them are simply awful – a much better idea would be to allow visiting teams to play in their home kit (or retro kit, say the Pats’ red or Bucs’ tangerine) rather than white, if they make for a sufficient contrast. After all, most of us have color TVs with good enough picture today.

  2. Good. I never understood the ridiculous “color rush” gimmick anyway. Seemed eccentric and unnecessary since the beginning.

    I never understood why the NFL didn’t adopt a “throwback Thursday” motif if it was desperate to get more jersey sales. With this, every team would wear a uniform design from a previous era, complete with the helmets. I guess that made too much sense?

    Whatever, I’m just glad it’s essentially over.

  3. while im usually behind mr snyder 100% this decision of his is a abomination. my family and i look forward to color rush thursday every week. how am i suppose to explain 2 my kids that the washington redskins (there fav team) are refusing to honor the traditions of theyre ancesters, the rams and jags, in wearing golden uniforms? frankly its discusting that the a nfl team could get away with this. i cant beleive im saying this but im starting to question mr goodells leadership as commish. protecting the shield neccesitates protecting uniforms of ALL colors, not just the primary and white ones. if your reading this roger please please please never end the color rush!

  4. It’s a uniform, who cares. Funny that the Skins put so much concern into their uni and then proceeded to get tarred and feathered.

  5. Same color jerseys and pants have never looked good, no matter what color they were. This gimmick needs to go away. I’d rather they allow throwbacks those games (except for those hideous examples used by Pitt/Philly and maybe a couple others.

  6. I’d rather see throwbacks than color rush. Once the NFL said teams and players had to use the same helmet all year due to safety put an unfortunate stop to that which doesn’t make sense. College teams change helmets throughout the season yet the NFL says it’s not safe.

  7. realtruthteller101 says:
    December 1, 2017 at 2:24 pm
    while im usually behind mr snyder 100% this decision of his is a abomination. my family and i look forward to color rush thursday every week. how am i suppose to explain 2 my kids that the washington redskins (there fav team) are refusing to honor the traditions of theyre ancesters, the rams and jags, in wearing golden uniforms? frankly its discusting that the a nfl team could get away with this. i cant beleive im saying this but im starting to question mr goodells leadership as commish. protecting the shield neccesitates protecting uniforms of ALL colors, not just the primary and white ones. if your reading this roger please please please never end the color rush!

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    Your family “looks forward” to really awful football every week, huh? You sure you’re not Goodell or a Nike rep?

  8. This stupid color rush nonsense is one of the biggest reasons of the NFL downgrading it’s own self into becoming just more and more childish of a league. So good move.

    The throwback idea is good and much better.

  9. tylawspick6 says:
    December 1, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Your family “looks forward” to really awful football every week, huh? You sure you’re not Goodell or a Nike rep?

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    i am neither a nike employee nor married to a nfl commisioner. just a true american who enjoys a cold one with some colour rush.

  10. brady2gronktd says:
    December 1, 2017 at 2:53 pm
    How about the intro to Thursday night football? Lamest, wannabe rapper crap I’ve ever seen.
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    The John Cleese introduction to football segment was good though. They could just run that each week for a giggle. And/or re-show some of the old classic “United Way” ads – the Vinny Testaverde magician is good and Sam Adams lifesaver (“do not panic!”) is hilarious. A nice informal intro.

  11. Reason #3 for lower ratings: Thursday Night Football. Who stays up an extra night for a crappy product, unless its your team? … and then… why?

    Add in a dash of Dumb and Dumber-looking tuxedos? pffft.

  12. Peoples Republic of PFT says:

    To floridaslonechargersfan – It’s not royal blue…powder blue.
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    Uhh.. you realize the Chargers have TWO blue jerseys right?

  13. I wonder whose WIFE had the pull to get those Nightmare uniforms OK’d in the first place?

  14. Posted this in the other article on color rush as well…

    Teams should be allowed to trade their Thursday game slots and color rush obligations. It could go something like this:

    Cleveland Browns: sure, we’ll take on the Osweiler contract, but you have to take our Thursday night slots for 2017, 2018, and 2020.

    Texans: We can do that, but you’ll have to take our Color Rush uni spots for those same years.

    Browns: That may not sell here. The fans are already offended enough by or record. We don’t want to alienate them any further with the uni’s.

    Texans: Nonsense! We’ve seen your REGULAR uniforms. If people can stand those, they can stand your color rush combo. But we’ll throw in our 7th round pick in 2018, and the 6th in 2019.

    Browns: Deal.

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