UPDATE: A Stupid NFL Rule is Here to Ruin Your Kelly Green Jersey Excitement

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UPDATE: Fashion editor Dan checked in with a deeper explanation. I knew he’d shed some light. But still, Dan, FIX IT!

Original post after the jump.

The helmet issue came up for the first time last season when the Buccaneers were scheduled to wear their creamsicle throwbacks but canceled due to the new helmet rule. The NFL will talk about “vetting helmets in practice” and all of that, but the issue is that some players wear old, discontinued models of helmets (which have been “vetted” in practice, games, etc.).

When teams would have throwback uniforms with different color helmets, the old, “vetted” helmet types aren’t available for those games because they’re out of production. If a player were to get a concussion, the player could yell, “The NFL made me change [to a newer, probably better] helmet design, and I got a concussion! I never got a concussion in my old helmet. Pay me.” It’s not great science, as the new helmet designs are considered better, but speaking of bad science, there’s nothing that says a properly broken-in (er, “vetted”) helmet performs better. Just that NFL doesn’t want to be dictating anything more about helmets than the absolute minimum. Follow the liability.

The logistics of changing all of the current (metallic Midnight Green) helmets to glossy Kelly Green for one or two games are pretty much unworkable given the need to sand, buff, primer, paint, clear, re-apply decals for the entire team, and hold practice using that same headgear.

The Rams got around it last year for their throwbacks (normally in navy, throwbacks in royal blue) by simply changing the decals on their helmets, creating a blue mismatch. That could be done with a hair dryer and a few minutes (at most) per helmet, but it isn’t really suitable for the Eagles. They could put the old style wings without the shading and aggressive wing pattern, but the base color would still be way off.

Um, nah.

That’s the best way I can follow up that earlier post about the Eagles considering a switch back to Kelly Green uniforms. Even though Don Smolenski, on the WIP Morning Show, said, in no uncertain terms, that the Eagles were considering them (here at 7:40 mark), it seems that’s not really the case. Two reasons:

1) Eliot Shorr-Parks reports that Smolenski was referring to alternate jerseys, like the ones the Eagles wore in 2010, not the uniforms overall. That is, to say the least, disappointing. This is something almost every fan wants, so it’s disheartening to learn that Eagles still aren’t considering a major change.

2) Les Bowen reports on a weird NFL rule having to do with concussion protocols that require teams to wear the same helmets even when in their alternate uniforms:

Turns out, the Eagles might like for us to see it, but the league has put in a rule that says you have to wear the same helmet, regardless of what you do with the rest of the uniform. So right now, if the Eagles dressed in kelly green, they’d have to do so with midnight green helmets, which would look silly.

The rule has to do with concussion protection, making sure the fit is right and helmets are thoroughly vetted in practice and so on before they’re worn in games. Of course, it would be possible to do this with any color helmet, but right now, that’s the rule. So it would have to be changed for kelly green to happen, Eagles sources say.

What? First of all, the quality of helmet has little impact on concussions. Usually it’s a shot to the jaw or a hard enough blow that causes the head to literally stop moving forward and the brain to, um, not. Second, HAVE THE HELMET MAKERS NOT YET ACHIEVED A HIGH ENOUGH YIELD TO BE ABLE TO CONSISTENTLY PRODUCE IDENTICAL HELMETS?* And if not, then why is this sort of a selling point? I don’t understand why a helmet needs to be practiced in to be deemed safe.

To me, the only solution is for the Eagles to WEAR THE KELLY GREEN ALL THE TIME. ARE YOU LISTENING TO ME, JEFFREY LURIE? I’M YELLING!

*Weirdly, fashion editor Dan does this sort of thing for a living. Dan, can you help here? DAN?!

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25 Comments

  • eskin swallows cataldi's spunk August 6, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    wow – relax ryan – I just isn’t that big a deal. ass clown

    Reply
    • eskin swallows cataldi's spunk August 6, 2014 at 2:22 pm

      First! 🙂

      Reply
  • eskin swallows cataldi's spunk August 6, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    ryan, kyle – like it matters. clearly it doesn’t to me, lol

    Reply
  • did he... August 6, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    …just write the phrase the quality of the helmet has little to do with concussions…? Thank god no med school for you.

    Reply
    • Derelicte August 6, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      Agreed…. are you serious Kyle? I refused to wear the stupid looking “Revolution” helmets that came out in 2008 or so, and after I had multiple concussions the doctors had told me to go to the new version of helmets. I never had another concussion after my switch to the new style.

      Also, look at Wes Welker last year. He wore a revolution helmet that was so big that it almost made him tip over….but, yeah “the quality of helmet has little impact on concussions.”

      Reply
  • Birddog August 6, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    While at my age, the uniform color doesn’t matter anymore, I prefer the Midnight Green anyway. When I was a kid, one of the things that turned alot of the fellow neighborhood kids to root for other teams were the Eagles green uniforms. Instead of the blue, red, or black of many other teams, the Eagles had their “ugly” green uniforms. Silly or not, I think the midnight green makes it easier to keep the next generation of children as Eagles fans. So while older people like the Kelly green because of the historical aspect, I think most unbiased observers would prefer midnight green to Kelly green and kids definitely prefer it. (Ask anyone under 25 what they think)

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    • ^ August 6, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      taking your subjective opinion on a color and broadly speaking for every person under 25 years of age is a dumb thing to do

      It blows my mind that people are ignorant enough to be so self-absorbed and conceited in their own opinion

      speak for yourself

      Reply
      • Kat August 7, 2014 at 10:35 pm

        Curious, do you see the irony of what you just wrote?

        Reply
        • real August 8, 2014 at 1:31 pm

          not if you truly believe that your own beliefs do not represent everyone

          Reply
  • Dan Fuller Fashion Editor August 6, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Sorry, Kyle I’ll have to get back to you later. Me and Jim are busy listening to Slowdive , crushing PBR’s and playing with these interesting beads we found in his dad’s closet.

    Reply
  • Your Mother August 6, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Or they could paint the god damned helmets….. Linemen have it done many times a year to cover up the paint from other teams helmets. Seriously these first world issues aren’t that hard to overcome.

    Reply
  • GayJeffySuxCox August 6, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    I’m shocked that a member of the Eagles front office DOESN’T KNOW WHAT THE FUCK HE IS TALKING ABOUT..If he and nephew Howie would get their mouths off Jeffy’s cock, maybe things would happen.
    FUCK OFF

    Reply
  • Mulleb August 6, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    this doesn’t even make sense about the rule. they would just have 2 helmets, exactly the same on the inside with different color outside. they’d still be custom. just because a team wears throwback uniforms doesn’t mean they are using the actual helmets from that era. I don’t get how the run has anything to do with this.

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    • Mulleb August 6, 2014 at 3:23 pm

      rule not run

      Reply
  • Mullen August 6, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    and the midnight greens are ugly btw. Def need an updatei Ilike the Kelly green concepts that were floating around last year that had the silver wings on the shoulders. similar to Oregon and some of the other updated college uniforms

    Reply
  • Les Bowen is an idiot August 6, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    His statement about the same helmet being used is false. There is no such rule and will be no such rule. Helmets used in practice are usually different from the ones used in games. Especially the helmets with headsets in them, they are not used during practice. San Diego is slated to wear their third jerseys during their third home game, with, get this, their alternate helmets

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    • Ted Danson August 6, 2014 at 4:19 pm

      The rule absolutely exists. The rule prevented the Buccaneers from wearing their “creamsicle” throwbacks last year. The Chargers’ alternate helmet is the same color meaning they just switch the decals.

      Reply
      • Chuckles August 6, 2014 at 7:04 pm

        Really? Their helmets are navy blue and their alternative helmets are white. Not exactly the same colors now are they genius? Love morons here.

        Reply
        • Ted Danson August 6, 2014 at 8:01 pm

          No, their main helmets are white…

          Reply
  • Tomfoolery August 6, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    I believe the rule is one helmet per year, has to be approved and cannot be changed, for some stupid reason. But if they pass it by the leagues safety standards before the season starts, they can wear any style they want.

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  • Dan Fuller August 6, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    The helmet issue came up for the first time last season when the Buccaneers were scheduled to wear their creamsicle throwbacks but canceled due to the new helmet rule. The NFL will talk about “vetting helmets in practice” and all of that, but the issue is that some players wear old, discontinued models of helmets (which have been “vetted” in practice, games, etc.).

    When teams would have throwback uniforms with different color helmets, the old, “vetted” helmet types aren’t available for those games because they’re out of production. If a player were to get a concussion, the player could yell, “The NFL made me change [to a newer, probably better] helmet design, and I got a concussion! I never got a concussion in my old helmet. Pay me.” It’s not great science, as the new helmet designs are considered better, but speaking of bad science, there’s nothing that says a properly broken-in (er, “vetted”) helmet performs better. Just that NFL doesn’t want to be dictating anything more about helmets than the absolute minimum. Follow the liability.

    The logistics of changing all of the current (metallic Midnight Green) helmets to glossy Kelly Green for one or two games are pretty much unworkable given the need to sand, buff, primer, paint, clear, re-apply decals for the entire team, and hold practice using that same headgear.

    The Rams got around it last year for their throwbacks (normally in navy, throwbacks in royal blue) by simply changing the decals on their helmets, creating a blue mismatch. That could be done with a hair dryer and a few minutes (at most) per helmet, but it isn’t really suitable for the Eagles. They could put the old style wings without the shading and aggressive wing pattern, but the base color would still be way off.

    Reply
  • billyjoeusc August 6, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    you can use the same stupid helmet. just paint the fucker….

    Reply
  • Pete C August 7, 2014 at 9:00 am

    They should just wear kelly green jerseys with the midnight green helmets. It would look stupid and would draw attention to the stupid rule and possibly get it changed.

    Reply
  • Jim M. October 14, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    That makes sense Pete

    Reply
  • Randy Hawkins November 1, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Can’t they put a wrap on the helmet like some cars have now?

    Reply
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