When the clock struck midnight and it was officially April 1, I immediately ventured over to the NFL online shop to see what new merchandise Nike had in store. For the most part, the products they released weren’t too flashy but I think it was an improvement over Reebok.
It was also nice that they offered some player tees, which gave us a look into what potentially the new team jerseys would look like. There wasn’t anything worth noting but Nike did have some very serious mistakes on several items.
As you can see by the above photo, the Patrick Willis shirsey (shirt jersey) has the wrong number. Instead of #52, Willis has #25. Tarell Brown must have given Willis the OK to take his number and Frank Gore must be OK with Willis trying out at running back.
This isn’t the only shirsey that has the wrong number. The first one I noticed was this one for Ray Lewis. Yeah, I don’t think he made the switch from #52 to #89. It’s not Marcedes Lewis, that’s for sure.
I would assume that this mistake was just an error on the website but it actually is not. I don’t know who controls what images get sent to the site, but somebody had a big slip up there.
But these I can let go because I know that the actual product will have the right numbers. But what really bothers me are these new shirts that they have of the team helmets.
I honestly think that these may be their best shirt designs for all teams. Well, not all teams got the right treatment. Apparently, the Ravens and Broncos were not highly considered in the process.
Let’s first take a look at the Ravens’ shirt.
Do you notice the mistake? It’s the helmet stripe. But you won’t realize the difference until you actually see what the helmet stripe is supposed to look like. CLICK HERE.
The Ravens feature two stripes on their helmet but this shirt design says that they only have one. I don’t think the Ravens are changing their helmet design so this is one huge mistake. Was it because that Nike wanted to just follow a template? I’d say so. Look at Oakland’s shirt.
Now let’s take a look at the Broncos’ shirt.
It’s the helmet stripe that’s messed up also. The actual helmet (CLICK HERE) features a strip that starts from the back and tapers up towards the front. This shirt has it backwards.
To borrow a line from Monday Night Countdown: C’MON MAN!
Now, I think the reason why they had these made that way was to sell the idea of the helmet fading into the shirt. But even if they do that, they need to be accurate. Who wants to wear a shirt with an inaccurate image?
Of course, these things I assume will be very minor compared to the Tuesday uniform unveiling. A player from each team will be present in New York to model the new uniforms.
The Seahawks are getting a new uniform while the Panthers are only changing their logo. All other teams are expected to keep their current uniforms with potentially a few minor changes.
That’s what I expect from Nike. When Nike first took over the NFL back in the mid-90s, they only outfitted a portion of the league and for the teams they did outfit, they didn’t make any significant changes. (Other outfitters at the time were Adidas, Puma and Starter.)
In fact, Nike kept all the original designs from the previous manufacturer and didn’t make any design changes. (The Jaguars did have a black side piping for one year for some reason.)
But I will give Nike credit for coming up with the Broncos’ current uniform. At the time, it was not well accepted but now in its 15th season of existence, it’s now a modern classic.
So these next couple of days will be big for Nike. So far, they’ve gotten some mixed reviews on their merchandise and they have already had some hiccups on the design. But Tuesday’s unveiling should give the fans a look at the changes they’ve made. And if history is any indications, the changes will be very minor.