As I have mentioned before on this blog, there were concerns about Nike’s takeover of the NFL in the uniform department. Other than the fabrics and design, I had worried that the transition wouldn’t be as smooth.
Since the debut back in April, there have been backlash on some of the design elements of the new uniforms. The flywire has been troublesome with several teams. The sweatbox continues to be very visually unappealing and for the pants, well, it’s just not pretty.
There are a lot of problems with the Nike uniforms and now linemen have voiced their displeasure with their new sets.
“I hate them. They are built for thin guys,” said Alex Boone, a 300-pound starting guard for the San Francisco 49ers. “It makes me look like I have big old love handles.”
If you continue reading that article, you can tell by the quotes that these linemen don’t like how they look with the new Nike set. And this is the problem with the Nike’s attempt to overtake the NFL.
With the new template of fabric and all the other gimmicky things they are putting in, it’s not really practical for every player. But of course, this is only a small sample size and not every lineman has complained.
But if you think about it, there had already been several complaints here and there about the new Nike sets and this just adds to it. Nike used to outfit the NFL and there weren’t complaints then. But Nike is a different company now, trying to make itself stand out. But in the process, they’ve ignored the common sense in producing a good football uniform.
More is less is what Nike should have thought about. Reebok didn’t do too much during their tenure but because of it, they didn’t have many complaints in their decade-long contract with the NFL. Nike has done too much and now they’re getting the backlash because of it.
I’m not a fan of what Nike has done to the NFL and this furthers my disappointment in their product.