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The Jaguars Two-Tone Helmets Are a Thing of the Past

ESPN reports today that the Jaguars two-tone helmets are no more, as the team is going back to just the traditional black helmets starting for the 2018 season.

The Jacksonville Jaguars’ gold and black two-tone helmets were dumped following the 2017 season as part of a uniform overhaul. In addition to redesigned jerseys — including ones in teal and crisp white with black numbers — Jaguars players are now sporting glossy black helmets. Tom Coughlin, the team’s executive vice president of football operations, had a heavy hand in the redesign, especially when it came to the helmets.

Yet, those two-tone helmets — which ESPN Uni Watch’s Paul Lukas called the worst in NFL history — are still around. In fact, you’ll be able to see some of them on Sunday when the Jaguars open the 2018 season against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Here’s ESPN’s 2018 Uni Watch preview, too.

Some of the helmets worn by the players — quarterback Blake Bortles included — are repainted two-tone helmets.

Replacing all the helmets a team needs would be ridiculously expensive. Each helmet can cost as much as $1,500 and NFL teams have roughly 200 (they need 90-plus for training camp alone plus spares), so that’s $300,000. Repainting is cost effective, especially when there’s nothing structurally wrong with the helmet.

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