The San Diego Chargers are tweaking their jerseys. There are three total changes to the new uniforms.
The first tweak is the font on the name plates.
“We changed the nameplate on all three of the jerseys,” Chargers owner Alex Spanos told the team’s official website. “We had wanted to go to a two-color font. Most teams in the league use a two-color font and it really highlights the name. It looks a little bit sharper and a little bit more modern.”
Added Spanos: “It’s reminiscent of the 1980′s teams because they had gold nameplate font as well.”
The scone change was to the collar.
“We switched to what is called a self-color collar,” Spanos explained. “Basically the collar is going to be the same color as the jerseys. So on navy it will be navy, on white it will be white and on powder it will be powder. Last year we had a white collar that ended in a square and there were comments about it looking like a neckroll. The Chargers are not alone, there are six teams changing their collars this year without making major changes to the uniform just as we are.”
The third alteration is a gold stripe midway up the sock. The pants and helmets aren’t being altered.
But before you throw out the conspiracy theories about front offices scheming to make fans by new jerseys, Spanos already addressed that.
“We have been thinking about this change for several years,” said Spanos. “We knew exactly what we wanted to do. We didn’t have to redevelop the uniforms. We like the uniforms, but we felt like we could adjust a few details and make them better. The changes aren’t big changes. They are really just tweaks. We didn’t make this change so fans had to go out and buy new jerseys. It was never been meant to spruce sales. We wanted to change the jersey because we thought it would make it better.”