The Tampa Bay Buccaneers unveiled a new logo and helmet design on Thursday night. The unveiling took place on NFL Network, with former Buc Warren Sapp doing the honors. It should be noted that the Bucs weren’t advertising this as a complete overhaul like when they ditched Bucco Bruce and the creamsicle uniforms back in 1997. The team was merely ‘updating’ the look of the helmets and logos.
Here’s the old look compared to the new look:
As you can see, drastic changes were not made. The skull, swords and football have been buffed up and the logo is a lot bigger. The only big change is the chrome facemask. That’s it.
I guess there’s nothing wrong with just increasing the size of the logo on the helmets, but it really doesn’t look that great. It certainly catches the eye more than the old look did, but that’s where the appeal ends. The size of the flag just doesn’t fit well with the helmet now.
But overall, these new helmets and logos from the Bucs are okay. The team didn’t completely blow it with this update. If their goal was to make the helmets stand out more, then mission accomplished.
Most of us are still mourning the loss of the classic creamsicle uniforms. They’ve been forced into retirement by the NFL, because the league won’t let teams wear two different helmets during the same season. It’s part of the league’s concussion policy and it costs us one game a year of Bucco Bruce and those fantastic throwback unis.