The Bengals New Uniforms Are Officially Out and I Might've Been a Little Harsh At First (But Not Really)
In March, when new Cincinnati Bengals uniforms leaked on Twitter, I wrote an informative blog about the history of their uniforms. Today their new look is official. For the first time since 2004, the Bengals have made wholesale changes to their unis.
They're not as bad as I initially thought. They're fine, somewhere between a 6.7 and 7.1 out of 10. They'll certainly cover the player's privates and shoulder pads. I don't hate them like I hate the new Falcons unis. A little minimalistic for me, but that's an excellent way for a cheap franchise to cut costs. I mean, they even used the Deion quote that I reference back in March but left out the most important part of Deion's Primetime message.
Simple doesn't always mean bad when it comes to uniforms. The Packers, Raiders, and Giants have simple uniforms, and those are widely considered upper echelon in the NFL uniform landscape. These are certainly an improvement from the Carson Palmer/Andy Dalton era uniforms, but IMO leave a little more desired. You can find tons of fan-made edits that blow these out of the water, but I'm going to use the exact same example from the previous blog for the sake of time.
Personally, when I see these jerseys, they scream Houston Texans, and I cannot get past it; major Texans vibes with "BENGALS" written across the chest and a similar shoulder concept. Plus, from 50 feet, the orange ones are carbon copies of the Bears orange tops.
That's my biggest problem. The Bengals aren't thinking for themselves, just like how Paul Brown "stole" his uniforms back from the Browns. You have the perfect opportunity to go all-in on a new look for the Joey B. era, and instead, you become the Chicago Texans. CREATE YOUR OWN PATH, Bengals!!!
Just because you're the only team to lose multiple playoff games to the Houston Texans doesn't mean you need to steal their lack of swag. Be you, Bengals! Have you been following the news recently? The Texans are the last NFL origination you should be copying in any aspect.
I know there are only so many possible designs and fonts, but when you have this opportunity to rebrand and shake that loser image that the Bengals have been cultivating historically, you gotta have a little more creativity and individuality than orange and black Texans jerseys.
I know those are both frowned upon in football, but the Bengals were long overdue for new threads, and with a (potential) franchise QB in Joe Burrow, it's the perfect time for a rebrand with a hot ass look. Again, the new Bengals uniforms are fine. Not as ugly as I first thought in March, but they definitely leave you wanting more. Side note: Are TV numbers a thing of the past? These don't have them, neither do the new Patriots, Chargers, or home Rams jerseys.