Some buzz was generated earlier this week when a petition to bring back the Eagles’ famous Kelly Green color scheme started gaining some momentum among fans. And while the team hasn’t publicly issued a statement on the state of its uniforms, nor do we know if its decision-makers are internally considering a switch, it appears unlikely changes will be made for this upcoming season.
The process is a lengthy one and takes into consideration a variety of factors, writes Tim McManus of Birds 24/7.
Changing uniforms in the NFL has become a lengthy and exhaustive process. According to the league offices, it essentially takes two years to make the switch once the request from the team is submitted. So if the Eagles today declared they wanted their primary uniforms to be Kelly Green, it wouldn’t actually come to pass until the 2015 season under the current policy.
The NFL does a lot of homework before giving its stamp of approval. They exchange design ideas with the team; test the uniform on the field, inspecting how it looks from every seat in the stadium (both indoors and out, at night and during the day), and how it looks on camera; they want to see how it would appear in stores, and get player feedback.
The team could perhaps cut down on some of the delay by attempting to swap its alternate black jerseys with a retro look, but even that process is a bit convoluted.
The best chance of seeing the return of Kelly Green in 2013 would be under a scenario similar to the one that occurred when the Eagles wore the throwback look for their 2010 season opener, writes McManus.
You can work a throwback into the mix on occasion as well (the Eagles wore the Kelly Green unis in the opener against Green Bay in 2010, for example) but getting that special dispensation isn’t as easy as you might imagine.
We’ll see if the team plans to make any changes to its look in the coming months.