Helmet change is dumb


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One of the trends going on in society is that old school is new school and you can add the National Football League, including the Buffalo Bills now, as several teams have switched to a style similar to their original uniforms.

While I am on board with the change to the uniform and color, I totally hate the change of color to the helmet.

In recent years the New York Jets and San Diego Chargers made that exact type of change to their original uniforms that included a white helmet. That brought the total number of NFL teams with white helmets to five, and the Bills will make it six.

What really irks me about the color change is what was reported yesterday by Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com. The whole change in the first place was to make the Bills helmets stand out from their division opponents as then quarterback Joe Ferguson was color blind and had trouble distinguishing the Bills helmets from several division opponents who also had white.

That exactly what the red helmet does, it makes the Bills standout from the rest of their division opponents. In a league where every little thing counts, the decision to change helmet color shows why the Bills were in the basement of the AFC East last year.

Here is a question for you. What happens in the later part of the NFL season, especially in Buffalo?

It snows and every other year the Bills play in a blizzard type game where visibility is very poor.

So, here is my next question. If the Bills play the Jets or Miami Dolphins, who also have white helmets, in a blizzard type game, how is current Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick supposed to distinguish the Bills receivers from defenders?

Okay, I know some of you will say the uniforms, but remember a quarterback has five mammoth offensive linemen in front of him and there will be times where Fitzpatrick will only be able to see a receivers helmet. Meaning, there could be situations where Fitzpatrick is merely guessing at what he is seeing.

This is the NFL and many games are won and lost on split second decisions like that. So, the last thing you want is your quarterback to guess, especially on a key play late in a game.

In the end, until the Bills replace CEO Russ Brandon with a true football guy, details like this will always be overlooked.