Whether you’re forging soccer crests or acknowledging the brand, it’s always a trip playing around with NFL logos. After all, there’s something exciting about flexing those creative muscles and bringing one’s imagination to life. In the end, however, these designs are a way for individuals to showcase their skills. They have no bearing on whether an organization actually decides to change its look. And that’s a good thing. Because not all change is good.
Teams in the National Football League are constantly messing with their looks. They’ve altered logos, changed color combinations, and even experimented with fonts — all in the name of trying to find the perfect style. Unfortunately, when you choose to tamper with a look, there’s the possibility that you inadvertently tinker with a club’s identity. This is especially the case when team helmets are involved.
There are plenty of instances where it’s a good idea to change the lid. More often than not, however, the result is far less appealing. Throughout the course of the NFL’s history, we’ve seen this happen a lot. In our opinion, these are the 10 worst NFL helmet redesigns of them all.
1. Buffalo Bills
We’re usually fans of white helmets. Yet, in the case of the Buffalo Bills, not so much. Even when this club fell short in four consecutive Super Bowls, their helmets looked more formidable with the red lids. Perhaps it’s time for the Bills to return to what was working for them back in the ’90s — and it starts with revisiting those sweet red helmets.
2. New York Jets
Aside from the use of dark green, these New York Jets helmets are clearly an homage to the team’s helmets from the ’60s and ’70s. While we’re not here to bash on history, we think the club made a mistake back in 1998 when it moved away from the bold green helmets that simply read “Jets” on the side. Now, if the team started winning on a consistent basis, maybe we’d starting seeing things a bit differently.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars
We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but these helmets are awful. Just awful. The way we see it, it takes a certain sort of team to pull off a matte black helmet that blends into metallic gold. And even if they “took it to the limit” once before, these Jacksonville Jaguars are not that team.
4. New York Giants
The New York Giants have sported this metallic blue helmet with “NY” on the side and the numbers on the front since 2000 — and it needs to stop. Like, yesterday. It’s time to go back to the lids with the underlined “Giants” on the side. Trust us, it’s for your own good.
5. San Diego Chargers
It’s not that these San Diego Chargers helmets are terrible, it’s that they’ve been better. For us, the Chargers always looked their best when sporting the navy helmet with the white lightning bolt that’s outlined in navy and gold. We hope the club decides to bring back this look one day.
6. Los Angeles Rams
The Rams were the first team in NFL history to have a logo on their helmets, so you’ll never find us bashing the symbol itself. However, the fact remains, we’ve never particularly loved the use of the gold rams horns on the dark navy helmet. Give us the straight yellow and blue look any day.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Less is more. We’ve always believed this to be true. When it comes to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers helmets, the organization should’ve heeded this sentiment. There is no reason why the pirate flag symbol has to take up practically the whole helmet. It looks ridiculous. Clearly, the Bucs are overcompensating for something.
8. Baltimore Ravens
If the Baltimore Ravens are going for the comical look with this bird, then mission accomplished. They’ve done fine work. Unfortunately, we’ve never found it to be that appealing. For us, the sharpest Ravens helmet has always been the one with the wings and shield. When are we going to see that helmet take the field? Hopefully sooner rather than later.
9. Philadelphia Eagles
There’s nothing inherently terrible about the forest green helmet with the black, silver, and white wing on the side. It’s a modern look; we’re sure that’s what the Philadelphia Eagles were going for. But it pales in comparison to the “Kelly Green” top with the white and silver wing. We think it’s time for the Eagles brass to reinstate this look. It’s the right thing to do.
10. Denver Broncos
Not to knock the defending Super Bowl champs, but the Denver Broncos are not as stylish as they once were. It’s a fact. The moment the organization decided to move away from the blue helmet with the orange “D” on it, the National Football League lost some of its pizzazz. With their latest victory in Super Bowl 50, the people of Denver got the championship they so desperately wanted. All that’s left to do now is bring back the old look — trust us, it’s what they need.