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Will the Bucs be getting new uniforms?

PewterReport.com’s Mark Cook had an exclusive interview with Bucs Co-Chairman Joel Glazer at the NFL Owners Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona and asked Tampa Bay’s ownership that very question.

His answer?

“No,” Glazer said for the 2019 – but didn’t rule it out for 2020 and beyond.

“We are always looking at everything and seeing where we can change things in our organization and make things better,” Glazer told PewterReport.com. “Whether it is our stadium, on the field, off the field, uniforms, looks – so everything is always on the table and under discussion.”

Tampa Bay tweaked its logo, uniform and helmet in 2014, 17 years after the team’s red and pewter look debuted in 1997 during the second year of the Tony Dungy era. The Bucs previously had a white and orange ensemble that featured Bucco Bruce, a winking pirate, from 1976-96. Those creamsicle uniforms were widely laughed at around the league, largely because of the on-field product, as the Bucs only had three winning seasons and three playoff appearances in the team’s first 21 years of existence wearing those uniforms.

Former Bucs FB Mike Alstott

Former Bucs FB Mike Alstott – Photo by: Getty Images

When the Glazers switched to a more modern, menacing pirate look in 1997 with the red and pewter uniforms and a pewter helmet featuring a red pirate flag with a skull and two crossed swords, the Bucs became instant winners, finishing that season with a 10-6 record and ending a 13-year playoff drought. The Bucs would win a total of four NFC South division titles and a Super Bowl from 1997-2013 and produce nine winning records in the first 17 seasons with the original red and pewter uniforms.

The Glazers updated the red and pewter uniforms during Lovie Smith’s first season in 2014, changing the facemask to a chrome color and going with a more modern look with jersey numbers that look like digital clock numbers. Some fans have opposed the new jerseys, being especially critical of the garish jersey numbers, but the fact that Tampa Bay has produced a record of 27-53 on the field likely has a lot to do with the hard feelings over the Bucs’ current look.

The Glazers and the NFL recently introduced an alternate all-red uniform featuring a full red jersey with pewter numbers and red pants for the NFL’s Color Rush Thursday night games four years ago. The Bucs have worn the all-red uniforms a total of five times – beginning in 2015 when the team played at St. Louis on Thursday night.

Former Bucs QB Josh Freeman

Former Bucs QB Josh Freeman – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Tampa Bay debuted the Color Rush uniforms at home on Monday Night Football in 2016 against the Falcons. The next year, the Bucs wore their all-red jerseys at home against New England on Thursday Night Football and wore them twice last year in games against Carolina and New Orleans. The Bucs are 1-4 in the alternate all-red uniforms.

The Glazers brought back the Bucco Bruce throwbacks for the first time in 2009 in a Josh Freeman-led win over the Green Bay Packers, and the team had a few more years of throwback games until a new rule in 2013 forbid NFL players from having more than one helmet in a season due to the league’s concern over concussions and player safety.

Because Tampa Bay’s regular helmets were pewter, and the throwback helmets were white, the Bucs were no longer allowed to revert back to their old Bucco Bruce uniforms for a throwback game. That rule disappointed both the Glazers and Bucs fans.

“Absolutely, and we know our fans love the throwback games,” Glazer said. “We love the throwbacks and that is something we have talked to the league about and they understand our plight. It is always being constantly reviewed.”

Bucs WR Mike Evans

Bucs WR Mike Evans – Photo courtesy of the Buccaneers

Meanwhile, the Bucs’ all-red uniforms will provide an alternate look for the 2019 campaign.

And Glazer told PewterReport.com that he didn’t rule out a throwback game with the team’s classic red and pewter look from 1997-2013 because it could be pulled off with Tampa Bay’s current pewter helmet featuring throwback decals.

“Yes, and again, we have talked about all of these different things internally, and things will be coming down the pike,” Glazer said.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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Ken Grant
2 years ago

For the love of God, fix these awful uniforms.

Reply to  Ken Grant
2 years ago

1. Go with SuperBowl Uniform current logo

2. go with Creamsickles and Current Logo

Either one of these options takes the Uniform to top 10 in Nfl.

2 years ago

The all red is an improvement, but still not great. I’d like to embrace more pewter color or at least add more orange or black.

Alldaway 2.0
2 years ago

These uniforms are easy to fix if you ask any artist. 1. Get rid of the digital clock font for numbers. 2. Must use black outline to separate the colors of pewter and orange and white. For example they use orange as the outline for the numbers but that doesn’t work as the jerseys that are white makes the orange blend in. The white between outline between orange and red is fine because you have two solid colors between white. But white next to orange doesn’t stand out as much. With the red jerseys it is worse because red next… Read more »

2 years ago

I think an all pewter look would definitely add some swagger and give some extra juice to this team!!! Look good, feel good, play LIGHTS OUT!!

2 years ago

The uniforms don’t need a major overhaul, but there are three important things that should be changed: 1. Obviously the digital clock numbers need to go. Olde English-style numbering would achieve the same point while not looking anywhere near as stupid. 2. Scrap the all-reds in favor of all-pewter for the Color Rush set. Would be an instant upgrade in terms of both appearance and uniqueness. 3. FOR THE LOVE OF CHRIST, get rid of the one helmet rule so that the Bucco Bruce throwbacks can return. The rule was never based on accepted science; it was a knee-jerk reaction… Read more »

Pit of misery
2 years ago

Please dump the alarm clock numbers! It doesn’t even go with Pirates!! Pewter,red, orange and black! They should come up with 3 final uniforms and let us vote on this website!

2 years ago

Honestly, they could easily bring back Bucco Bruce without changing the color scheme too much, if at all. Create a more menacing look for Bruce, maybe turn orange to the primary, red to the tertiary and keep pewter as the secondary. This way they don’t have to change the home and away kits buts adds to the Color Rush and alternate options. Just my thoughts

2 years ago

As a designer, I would hope that the Bucs shoot for simplicity in their future design. If you ask a kid to scribble out the Bucs logo on a folder, it would probably look like a hernia. Think Green Bay, Chicago, Dallas. They are big sellers. Even if they lost the flag and just went with the skull & swords, it would be an improvement. Yes, lose the Texas Instruments font as well. The pewter is a must though… Scott & the boys would be looking for a new brand for their site otherwise!

2 years ago

The record makes it worse but I hated those uniforms from the moment I saw them, long before they played a game. They’re just plain ugly.

2 years ago

I agree, Pinkstob. My reaction at the time. Go back to the uniforms we wore in the Super Bowl! Our current uniforms are too associated with losing just like Bucco Bruce was. And I hate all the same color jerseys too.

2 years ago

A fan of both the original and especially the SB era uni’s, not so much the current one though. Would be perfectly fine just reverting back to the SB one, but know that would be too easy. Most prefer “new and improved”, so guessing that won’t be an option.

What the Buc
What the Buc
2 years ago

If the colors are pewter and red, maybe they should learn what color pewter is to start with. The old color while not pewter either wasn’t bad but the current color looks like turd bronze. Also the pirate theme and digital numbering doesn’t work. The current logo is great a subtle improvement over the old one. Not a fan at all of the original colors at all. I just wish they sold a flag with the just the logo and not with the a flag logo on the flag. Like the one the team uses, tattered would be cool too… Read more »

2 years ago

All pewter color rush would be bad ass. The all red has grown on me, but initially in first color rush game vs the rams, it was ketchup and mustard.

The old numbers that appeared to be swashbuckling were far superior to the new digital clock numbers.

A throwback helmet should be allowed for a throwback game.

Logo is fine as it is. Don’t care that’s it’s not so simple. Patriots logo isn’t simple either. Winning sells all logos.

2 years ago

It would be very expensive, but considering the Bucs play a large portion of their games in late Summer and early Fall they should consider something similar to what the Dolphins did with their stadium and install a shade canopy(also increases the crowd noise).

2 years ago

I can’t stand the present uniforms!!!!!!!
It’s hot and humid here, go to lighter colors. I enjoyed the creamsicle uniforms, but the helmet with the mustache sissy wouldn’t work.

Bradenton BucFan
2 years ago

clock numbers have got to go, who approved those should have been fired, top five worst uniforms now maybe ever. bad branding.

2 years ago

Was watching Bucs/Eagles game from 2003 and I forgot how Badass our uniforms looked.Number 1 change that needs to be made are those stupid looking numbers. Number 2 is we need go back to the black facemasks.Those facemasks do not look chrome like they were originally supposed to be,they look flat like aluminum and do nothing for the look of the helmet.The shade of red also needs to look darker,like the crimson looking red from our super bowl team.

2 years ago

We had the greatest sports logo of any franchise in any league in any country…then threw it away for some reason. Simple solution here Glazers: bring back Bucco Bruce!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2 years ago

I went from loving the SB Uni’s to hating the Current Uni’s. To me we went from the Best Uni to the Worst Uni with no Fan Participation in the Decision. I think we should go back to the SB uni’s with subtle change (like the Larger Helmet Logo with i really like) Absolutely No Orange or Clock #s PLEASE!!! on New Uni’s. I don’t mind occasionally using the Throwback if they would fix the Stupid One Helmet Rule. Why cant teams have a 2nd Helmet if it is Only a Throwback Helmet? Also let the fans vote for like… Read more »

2 years ago

We had a great looking uniform in the SB Red/Pewter Classic look. One of the best looking uniforms in the entire league and they were ditched for the butt ugly things that are worn now. How many teams in the NFL sport the Classic looks? Dallas, Green Bay, Pittsburgh, NY Giants/ Jets, and more. They look like winners. The Bucs do not. I’ve been a Buccaneer fan since their beginning and will continue to be. I just want them to be winners.

2 years ago

Sorry, but the losing record has nothing to do with how ugly I felt these unis were from day one. In fact, I remember the Glazers rationalizing that people would love the uniforms once the team started winning. Ugly is ugly from day one. I even hate the ketchup uniforms (Color Rush) even more. I hope they go back to the real Pewter and red from the Super Bowl day. At the very least get rid of the hideous font for the names and numbers. That alone would be a great improvement.

2 years ago

Lots of great comments. All valid points. I was fortunate enough to be in one of the focus groups for the Glazers’ uniform change when Mark Dominik modeled. The helmet options revealed are on display at One Buc Palace. What a great experience for this charter Bucs fan. I never understood the “update” to the current uniforms since most folks liked the one worn at the Super Bowl. Sometimes change isn’t for the better. I don’t like the all red “Color Rush” uniform much. I miss the throwback game when I get to dig up my 43 Jerry Eckwood jersey… Read more »

2 years ago

Ugh. I see a lot of “lets go back to our Super Bowl winning uniform” or “just change the digital clock numbers” – both of which are WRONG. The Bucs have had a Raiders rip off logo since they dumped Bucco Bruce. That’s the truth. You can say well it’s a flag not a shield and it’s red not silver and black, but any way you slice it, it’s a cheap imitation of the Raiders logo. And although the Bucs beat the Raiders in the Super Bowl, you’re NOT going to beat them in the uniform department with a cheap… Read more »

2 years ago

I’m not sure how the number design ever made it thru a market study. I know of not one single fan that sees them and says ohh yeah, those numbers. There are only a few colleges with worse numbers. Since they can’t change the helmet, just make the Super Bowl jersey the throwback. Those were nice.

2 years ago

If you’re going to change, do it all the way. Ditch the horrendous pewter period. Change the helmets to white. The pewter signifies losing now. Go to red, orange and white. But for the love of god get rid of the boring awful pewter, it is a terrible 90’s color that outlived its usefulness.

2 years ago

Current uniforms have been an abomination from day one. They look like all the leftover ideas that had been rejected, and Nike threw em together in one presentation. And we bought it???? The so called pewter is really grey, which when sweat hits it looks terrible. Pewter needs to have a sparkle to it, a metallic look, and the clock radio numbers got t go. I am a fan of the creamsicles, was at the Packer game in 09, came down from Jersey with some Packer friends, and the stadium was electric. Got to get the throwbacks back, figure it… Read more »

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