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February 20, 2014 @ 5:47 pm
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Sapp, McCoy Unveil Bucs' New Helmet, Logo On NFL Network

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Tampa Bay Hall of Famer Warren Sapp and two-time Pro Bowler Gerald McCoy debuted the new Buccaneers helmet and logo on NFL Network on Thursday night. The helmet remains pewter, but features a bigger, modernized red flag with skull, football and crossed swords.
The Buccaneers had a mix of old and new stars in defensive tackles Warren Sapp, a Pro Football Hall of Famer and Gerald McCoy, a two-time Pro Bowler and All Pro in 2013, debut the team's new helmet and logo on Thursday. How fitting as the team's updated helmet and logo is a mix of the franchise's old look from its Super Bowl glory days and newer look that debuted Thursday.

The Bucs have kept the red flag, but modernized it and made it bigger. The skull looks more menacing and the flag takes up most of the pewter helmet. The helmet also features a chrome facemask, which was leaked out by Sapp
earlier in the week on his Twitter account when he said #ChromeGrill.

"You absolutely need a little bling in your life," Sapp said when discussing the facemask.

"It's a more vibrant red, but more importantly, we want everybody to know the Bucs are coming," McCoy said. "Look how big this flag is."

"And a little bit more menacing skull," Sapp added. "The old one didn't look like a skull, but this one does. Look at it spread across all that pewter! Oh, that's fine! Goodness! The new pirate flag and the new ship – it gives me goosebumps! I love this new look!"

"Awesome!" McCoy said. "It's very unique to the Bucs. Nobody else is going to have this chrome grill. Nobody else."

The enhanced logo still features the team’s iconic, windswept red battle flag, while sporting a more menacing skull positioned over crossed swords and a football. The helmet retains its trademark pewter color and includes a larger logo on each side along with a new chrome facemask. Another element unique to the Buccaneers will be a hand-painted shading technique using a darker pewter color that runs vertically from the front helmet to the crown and along the earholes, providing a customized look and feel. The team’s full uniform ensemble will be revealed at an introductory press conference held at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, March 5, beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET. New merchandise will be available to the general public in the coming weeks following an exclusive pre-order window for Buccaneers season pass members. Additional details regarding merchandise availability will be provided during the introductory press conference on March 5.

"This is an exciting day for the entire Buccaneers organization as we begin the process of introducing our new look by revealing an enhanced logo and new helmet design," said Buccaneers co-chairman Edward Glazer. "The enhanced logo is much larger and portrays a more intimidating presence, while the chrome facemask is the first used by an NFL team. This is the first alteration to our logo and helmet since the previous re-design 17 years ago and we believe it sets the stage for our transition into this new, exciting era of Buccaneers football."

The Buccaneers franchise debuted with orange, white and red uniforms in 1976 and wore those colors until April 1997 when Tampa Bay underwent a radical change. The Bucs debuted new helmets, uniforms and a brand new logo that featured a skull, a football, crossed swords and red flag and sword. The Bucs also introduced pewter as a unique, primary team color that year to go along with red, white, black and a hint of orange.

Last year, the Bucs were unable to participate in a throwback game because a new league policy mandated that NFL players wear the same helmet throughout the entire season due to concussion litigation. From 2009-2012, Tampa Bay wore its old orange and white Bucco Bruce uniforms and helmets, but couldn't do that in 2013 because of the team's pewter helmets. A white helmet would have enabled to the team to seamlessly transition from the current look to the old Bucco Bruce look and allow the throwback game opportunities to once again take place. Now future throwback games with the old Bucco Bruce logo continue to remain in doubt.
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    kram0789 - I have a similar concern over the chrome. What type of glare will a receiver see looking back into a late afternoon sun? Overall, what I care about most is performance. If the BUCs want to be mean and nasty, do it on the field. It doesn't matter what they look like. Now, the cheerleaders is a different story............
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    I like it, especially the chrome facemask.
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    It is actually going to hurt player performance. Player blacken cheek bones to reduce glare so they can see better. What do you think a chrome grill is going to do to glare? It is going to increase it, make it harder to see, less interceptions, more dropped balls. Of course the huge flag is just ugly. The only thing I like about it is the skeleton has attitude.
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    macabee.... Took your advice and the helmet does look much better in the 360 mode. The uniform change will be the key and IMO they will change those ( so called pewter brown pants ) to more of a silver pewter and update the jersey to a more modern design.
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    There is a better picture or two on Bucsnation.com in the comment section. After having a day to let the look sink in, IMHO it still looks like the Flag or the skull is to large. The grill and the color of the helmet( looks like more silver pewter ) is fine.
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    I recommend to everybody especially those who may still be on the fence about the new helmet, that when you finish reviewing all of the enlightening PR articles, your next stop is the Buccaneers network to view the helmet in 360 degree rotation under the lights. Play it over several times and imagine the new uniforms. I like it even more today than last night. This is one bad-a$$ piece of plundering and pillaging equipment! Go Bucs!
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    I'm with Scubog. Look insiders how lucky we've been this off season. New coach, G.M., now a new kicking logo!! We wanted change, we got it!! The biggest change hopefully will be a winning record, and playoff berth. Like with our new coach the new logo is a good blend of past, with present. Don't fret lads, nothing stays the same, enjoy the new Bucs.
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    Like some, I first thought the flag logo was a little over-sized. Guess in modern lingo it's "super-sized" . But I think my reaction was because I was so used to the original. As it was when I was on the focus group in 1997, I'll wait for final judgement until we see the whole ensemble. That's when I changed my first opinion back then. Looks like the concept here is to bring in more red. Being old-school with an affection for that 50's car look, I love the chrome grill . For the other teams, they still have to call it a facemask. Like my post yesterday, we still have the absolute best logo, that will look even better after a few wins. Of course there are some here who would complain simply because it's a change to their otherwise placid life. They might consider becoming Browns fans. Hard to complain about that logo.
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    I like the Chrome grill and the skull looks meaner than it did before. I think the flag is too big though.
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    Like it. Are there any design features that would make it more concussion proof?
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    Despite the Darth Vader lid Welker was wearing, studies show that helmets do not help prevent concussions. The helmet doesn't keep the brain from moving inside the skull. It's like wrapping an egg in foam and dropping it. You can keep the shell from cracking, but the yoak is still getting slammed around when the egg hits the ground. That said; this flag is so large that it may be more protective.
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    Was hoping for black helmets and black pants. That would be awesome. That would go with either white jerseys or red jerseys. Just my opinion. Pewter is OK but black is definitely more aggressive and menacing. Like the logo and new secondary logos.
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    O.K. This is not bad. I'm not a particular fan of the over-sized flag but I can easily become accustomed to it (although I would have liked a little more of a "furl" look in the flag). When I heard about the chrome facemask, my first thought was "YIKES" but I must say that it does somewhat match the darker pewter color. Overall, I think it works and is in keeping with what we had - which I liked a lot. Now, on to producing a winner on the field!
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    Disaster has been averted . . . but the new helmet begs the question . . . why the little changes at all? The old, new helmet and unis were just fine.
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    I still wish the best from the beginning would be incorporated into the pluses of the new; I'm still trying to get them to put Bucco Bruce on one side of the current helmet. But, with the new enlarged Flag, this becomes less practical imo. It would have worked better with the previous helmet. Bucco Bruce on one side and the new Flag on the other side. I think it can work.
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    I'm with you. Of all the things that need to be addressed this one wasn't even on the radar. How about new Videos screens at the stadium. The existing ones are ancient and half the pixels don't even work any more. All in all, though they kept the battle flag and the pewter color which were my main concerns. Not sure about the size of the flag, but it's growing on me.
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    So some Nike exec got paid bucco "Bucs" for coming up with the brilliant idea of enlarging the flag and going chrome on the helmet?, Geeze how do I get this job, lol BTW, I think the enlarged flag looks rididculous and gawdy and looks more like a USFL Logo than a NFL one, I'm actually missing the creamsicle uni's now. Watch out foes we have a more menacing skull to intimidate you with, to bad it will be the mild "Bambi" like Mike Glennon wearing it
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    Of course they changed the uniforms too. It is called obsolescence, one of the oldest techniques to sell new merchandise. Just like I thought! At least the colors are pewter and red so you don't have to change your name! There was nothing wrong with the logo we had, and yes, the scale of the flag is cartoonish and out of scale. I will continue to wear proudly the classic merchandise I already have, thank you very much. What will really excite the fan base is putting a winner on the field. After Lovie is coming around to consider taking a QB in the first round, hopefully he is shaking off the curse of Schiano thinking that his pet QB is our future. Unfortunately McCoy is still talking the Schiano line like a brainwashed kid on TV, but I do love his production on the field. I do have Faith in Lovie to put a team on the field we will all "Lovie"!!!
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    I like it a lot!! I too, thought the logo was a little too large at first, but I think they will look real good on the players. I also love the new color of the helmet. I remember when they first released the "new" logo after retiring Bucco Bruce. I was sooo excited that the helmet was going to be PEWTER! But when they showed them, they looked more like rusted pewter. They had that tan or brownish look to them and I didn't like them at first. I got used to them, but I was expecting a nice shiny pewter, like they are now. They are much lighter than in the picture, in fact, they are just about the same color as the face mask. I think it looks real good. I did not think the pewter grill would have looked good on the old color helmet, so I am glad they changed that. I am also EXTREMELY happy that they did not go with a two-color fade like the new Jaguar helmets. I think that is a terrible look. I am picturing a little more black when they release the new uni's.
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    If it ain't broke don't fix it. The Flag is so disproportionate that it looks cartoonish. So Bucs but di you even do a focus group on this Logo or just follow Nike's lead? Very sad.
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    I like it too! Scott, I understand that new unis will be unveiled on March 5th. Does this mean that when we play throwback games, will we wear the old red and pewter as throwbacks matching the new helmet? Does this solve the matching helmet problem? Is this the end of Bucco Bruce? I will ask this question in the Friday online chat.
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    This is a bad pic of the helmet and chrome mask. Looks better when you see it on TV. Nice and I will bet other NFL teams will COPY the bucs with the chrome mask in the future but for this coming year at least we will be the first.
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    Really like the update. Especially like how the flag rolls a bit onto the front and rear of helmet and can be seen from all angles. Really stands out when looking at a 360* view. Can't wait to see the unis, can get 2013 jerseys at Bucs store for $50.
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    I absolutely LOVE it! I was worried we were gonna get stuck with some cheesy new look, but I think they nailed it, that grill is different too, I was afraid it was going to be a shiney type chrome, this is a more rich, flat silver chrome that looks like a new car, it's awesome IMO!
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    I like it. It's very modern looking.
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    Before the new logo rollout I was upset because I thought we had a great logo. I naturally thought it was just another way to get Buc fans to shell out money for new gear. This logo is PEWTER 2.0! I like, no love it. Although I think the flag's size should be dialed back a bit. Glad they didn't totally revamp/get rid of the old logo. Gotta love the dark/matte color pewter. Can't wait to buy some gear. #Itsabucslife
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    As long as they don't touch the primary color scheme, I'm happy. Font should be adjusted though. Oh well.
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    Great looking helmet - although the picture doesn't do it justice since it's not nearly as dark, at least not what they showed on TV anyways.

    With that said, just think if they rolled out new uniforms and helmets and a new look and Schiano was still here. Just think of how awful that would have been. I love the new look and the new coach, feels like there is hope again.

    Finally one thing I will criticize is the new Bucs font, that's a step backwards. It doesn't look modern, or old school and it doesn't match the updated look of the helmet.

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    I dunno, I thought the old font was to oriental looking, I think you'll get used to it.
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    Hard to believe it's been 17 years. Orange was 20 years! Bucs made big change to uniforms in 77 going from orange numbers on away tops to red numbers w orange trim. Then in 1991 bucs increased the size of bucco Bruce on helmet. A year later in 92 Bucs went with orange pants white tops. Only when road team wore white tops did bucs wear orange on top with a few exceptions(95 home vs packers). 97 brought on Pewter and 2014 is the new look!
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    Well the home team chooses which color scheme (Dark or light) to go with, back in the 90's, rarely did the Bucs ever wear their orange jerseys at home, as to get an advantage (dark jerseys absorb the heat), I hated it, we'd only get to see those orange classic jerseys like the last 2 home games and that was it! I think it also was a way to fashion those orange pants they rolled out back then.
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    IMHO, it's a flop. Should have left well enough alone.
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