Over the past seven years, the NFL has adopted a rule that allows teams to wear only one helmet, but it appears that the rule may change in the near future, which means that we may soon see the return of a classic throwback uniform, to starting from the buccaneers of Tampa Bay.
During an interview on the Dan Patrick Show show this weekBuccaneer coach Bruce Arians was asked if Creamsicle’s return would return when the team presents their new uniforms next month, and Arians gave a very interesting answer.
“Once the helmet rule changes next year, we may have some Creamsicles and some returns, which I think are the best uniforms in the league,” said Arians.
The reason that is an intriguing answer is because before the Arians interview, there was no indication that the NFL was thinking of changing the rule. Buccaneers always wore their Creamsicle rebounds, butafter the NFL approved its single helmet rule. The buccaneers wore a white helmet with their Creamsicle uniforms, but after the team switched to a pewter helmet, they stopped wearing the Creamsicle shirt because they didn’t feel as if it matched the pewter helmets.
Due to the rule of the single helmet, the Buccaneers could only wear the pewter helmet.
Although the single helmet rule may have been canceled in 2021, the league has not officially made a decision as to what it will do.
“There will be no changes for the 2020 season,” said the NFL in a statement, via PFT. “There are ongoing discussions about a potential change for the 2021 season, but no decisions have been made.”
The single helmet rule was introduced to improve player safety. If the rule is discarded starting in 2021, this means that more teams across the league will be able to start wearing their return helmets again.
For one, the Buccaneers could return to their Creamsicle appearance.
As for the other teams that could potentially benefit, there are Patriots, Broncos, Eagles, Falcons, Bills and Seahawks, to name a few.
The Patriots would be able to put Pat Patriot back on their helmet (Patriots like to put Pat on a white helmet, which is a problem, because the team currently wears a silver helmet).
The Eagles would be able to bring back their green Kelly helmets (the team currently wears a midnight green helmet).
The Broncos could change their dark blue helmets and start wearing blue from time to time.
A change of rule would also give Seahawks the opportunity to wear their silver helmet a few times a season.
Another team that would benefit from a change of rule are the Falcons, who would then have the opportunity to wear their old red helmet.
Speaking of red helmets, the Bills would also have the option of wearing their throwback.
This is just a small example of teams that could potentially wear a new helmet in 2021 if the NFL decides to eliminate the current single helmet rule.