In 2020, the Patriots introduced their current uniform set. In the three-plus seasons since then, we’ve seen countless examples of players wearing the wrong number font, the wrong NOB font, or both. But we hadn’t seen a player wearing the wrong pants — until yesterday.
That was the situation with Pats offensive lineman Conor McDermott. As you can see above, he was wearing the Tom Brady-era navy pants, which were last used in 2019, for yesterday’s game against the Commies, while the rest of the team was wearing the current pants.
Here are a few more images:
How does stuff like this keep happening? Do you think these repeated glitches reflect an overall organizational sloppiness that reflects the team’s recent on-field decline? (Just to be clear: I’m not saying I think that. But I’m asking if you think that.)
Also, this really drives home the point that the Pats need to scrap the mono-blue look and go back to their silver/grey pants, which they wore for their previous two games. Too bad they didn’t stick with that.
Aside from McDermott’s britches imbroglio, it was a fairly uni-uneventful day around the league — no throwbacks, no alternates, no unusual combos. But here are a few noteworthy items:
- Speaking of wearing outdated gear, at least seven Bills players, including quarterback Josh Allen, were wearing last year’s jersey template. One of those seven players — running back James Cook — had also worn the old template two weeks ago, but I’m not aware of the other players having done so.
- Now that the Panthers have a black helmet, I don’t understand why they’d go black over black with their silver helmet:
- Strange look for Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts, who wore tan shoes (additional info here):
- Browns defensive back Mike Ford wore compression sleeves patterned after the team’s socks (which, as it turns out, he’s done a few previous times this season, although I didn’t notice it until now):
- This was the first Sunday of the month, so several teams were doing the G.I. Joevember thing with their captaincy patches, towels, rear-helmet decals, sideline attire, goalpost padding, and so on:
- Not a single home team wore white (although the Jets will be doing so tonight).
(My thanks to the many, many people who spotted Conor McDermott’s erroneous pants and the Bills’ wayward jersey templates.)