The Redskins, as you know, have lost three straight games when they’ve worn throwback uniforms.
Since 1994, as best I can tell, they have a combined record of 6-8 while wearing throwback apparel.
They’ll go with a new twist Sunday against the Chargers, wearing the 2012 throwback jerseys with a more traditional helmet, although one without the team’s standard gold accents. Here’s what the team said about those jerseys last season:
Redskins owner Dan Snyder and his staff worked closely with Nike to create a look that spoke to the club’s unique heritage, while highlighting several key details that helped define the team’s history. The alternate anniversary uniform is a balance between history and tradition, featuring a rich darker color palate and updated numbering system. It is a modern interpretation of those worn back in 1937 — a year signifying the team’s move from Boston to Washington, D.C., as well as their first national championship. The patch on the shoulder is one that was worn in early team history. The design also pays tribute to 1937 QB Slingin Sammy Baugh, who in his first year in the league led the newly relocated Redskins to their first national championship
As for the helmets, as Pro Football Talk and others reported earlier this season, throwback helmets are out.
“Our Head, Neck, and Spine Committee, chaired by Drs. Hunt Batjer and Richard Ellenbogen, and the Player Safety Advisory Panel, chaired by John Madden and Ronnie Lott, have recommended that players no longer wear different helmets as part of a ‘Throwback’ or ‘Third’ uniform,” according to an NFL memo.
I don’t know what will happen on Sunday, but I do know this: if the Redskins lose, people will blame it on the uniforms.