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Tampa Bay Bucs unveil new uniforms

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers unveiled new uniforms for the 2014 season on Monday, which the team believes blend a mix of tradition with a modern design. That modern design includes includes a reflective chrome border around the numbers on the jerseys — something that has not been done before in the NFL.

“Today marks the culmination of more than two years of research and planning to bring the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into a new and exciting era of our history,” Bucs co-chairman Edward Glazer told the team’s official website. “We worked closely with our partners at Nike to design a uniform that would set the standard for both design and functionality. The result is a sleek, modern design that honors our championship past while also establishing a new, bolder identity moving forward.”

The uniforms also feature the color orange, which was nixed altogether in the late 1990s when Tampa Bay introduced its predominantly red, white, black and gold design.

While I hate when people overreact to uniform changes, I’m not a huge fan of these. They look a little too similar to the threads Maryland introduced a couple of years back, and you know how we feel about those.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers unveil new ‘enhanced’ logo

Times are changing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Gone is Greg Schiano, who compiled an 11-21 record in two seasons at the helm. In is former Chicago Bears head coach, and one-time Bucs’ linebackers coach, Lovie Smith.

It also sounds like there could be significant shuffling of the roster.

In keeping with the theme, players who are around when the season opens will be sporting new headgear that was unveiled on Thursday.

As we can see, courtesy of Paul Lukas from Uni Watch, the new logo takes up a much larger portion of the helmet.

The idea behind this was to portray a more intimidating presence, according to Buccaneers Co-Chairman Edward Glazer. I guess it does have a bit more edge than the team’s original helmet.

I’m not a particularly big fan of chrome helmets that can be seen from outer space like the ones making the rounds in college football, but I do like the chrome face mask on this one.

The Buccaneers last changed their helmet design prior to the 1997 season. They made it to the Super Bowl five years later. I imagine Lovie Smith is hoping it won’t take that long this time around.