NFL fans can expect to see a lot more uniform changes this season, but the league’s commissioner has a lot of ideas on what he thinks will be the most important part of the changes.
In an interview with The MMQ’s NFL Nation, Roger Goodell made a number of bold predictions for the 2017 season.
The most important one, he said, is uniformity.
“The key for us is uniform uniformity,” Goodell said.
“We want players to be able to wear the same uniform, the same pants, the shoes, the helmet, and that means uniforms.”
He also said that the most popular player of all time, Deion Sanders, should wear a uniform that reflects his heritage.
“The reason we want it is because he’s a guy that has been around the game a long time, he has a great relationship with our players, and he is an icon for our game,” Goodell continued.
“I know I speak for all of us when I say we love him.”
Goodell also said he thinks the most significant change is that players will be able wear “offensive colors,” and that there will be no longer being a single color for all players.
“You have to have a lot,” Goodell admitted.
“A lot of our players are going to be wearing offensive colors in 2017.”
Goodell said that players should also be able “to wear whatever color they want on their helmet, on their pants, on the gloves.”
“We want the uniform to be a little bit more diverse than it has been in the past,” Goodell added.
“There’s no denying that we need to change the uniform.
We are changing the uniform for the better.”
Players will be allowed to wear offensive colors and players will not be able go into the game with a different color uniform on.
Goodell said he was “disappointed” by the league moving away from traditional reds and yellows and instead opting for lighter colors.
“But I don’t think we’re changing the uniforms in a way that’s going to detract from what the players want to do,” Goodell noted.
“It will be a big improvement, and it will give them a better opportunity to perform in a different way.”
“They will be in a more traditional jersey,” Goodell concluded.
“And you know, we’ve seen in recent years that when you change the jersey color and you change what’s on the front of the jersey, you end up with a more uniform jersey.
So we’re going to try and stay true to that and try to make the jersey a little more uniform than what we’ve had in the last few years.”
The NFL has been criticized in the media for its uniform policies.
Last year, the NFL Players Association and other players’ groups protested the league for refusing to allow players to wear pants that were “offensive to some people.”
The league eventually agreed to allow teams to wear socks with offensive designations on them, and the policy has been followed.
The changes in 2017 are being made by the NFLPA.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the NFL will be open to changing the way players wear uniforms in the future.
“In the long term, I believe that we will look at a uniform in a much more dynamic way that we’ve never looked at uniforms before,” Goodell told The MMq.
“Now we can have a uniform with different colors and different designations, and players are encouraged to wear them that way.”
He also said there would be no more “one-size-fits-all” uniforms.
“I don’t want to get into a race to the bottom,” Goodell remarked.
“What I’m really saying is that we have to continue to innovate.
We’ve got to continue looking at how we can make it more efficient, more flexible and, yes, more fun to wear.
And we have a chance to do that with this uniform, which is going to allow a lot to happen.”