After the NFL reported that Nike would replace Reebok as the manufacturer of all licensed on-field apparel (via the New York Times) some outrageous redesign concepts (via the Chicago Tribune) began to circulate the web.
Even though the NFL and Nike (via Yahoo) eventually shot those down as fakes, comments made by Nike President Charlie Denson predisposed that Nike would dramatically alter the NFL uniform landscape (via CNBC).
However, that now doesn't appear to be the case.
According to NBC Sports, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said that Nike won't be making any drastic changes come the 2012 season. According to McCarthy,
Logos are controlled by teams and the NFL. That will not change. Teams have to apply to league to make changes to logos and colors.
We anticipate new uniform technology (i.e., performance-driven, lighter materials). That’s what Nike’s [Charlie] Denson was referring to in his interview in 2010 regarding changes.
So there you have it. The Nike revolution won't be sweeping the NFL like it has college football and basketball.
Still, there are some teams who are in desperate need of a new identity, and those teams should follow suit with the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle announced in June that it would be changing its uniforms in 2012 (via NBC Sports).
What other teams should use the April 2012 Nike takeover as an opportunity to change things up?
Here is the NFL State of the Uniform address going into the 2012 NFL season.
All team uniform links are courtesy of Chris Creamer's Sports Logos.net.