When I was compiling today’s Monday Morning Uni Watch report, I noted that the Cowboys wore their mono-white Color Rush uniforms. But there was a detail that I didn’t notice until Gridiron Uniform Database co-founder Bill Schaefer pointed it out to me just now: The Dallas CR uniforms got a midseason template upgrade.
Here’s the deal: The Cowboys have worn their CR uniforms twice this season — on Oct. 16 against the Chargers, and yesterday against the Eagles. For the Oct. 16 game, the uniforms were rendered in the old template, with the telltale triangular panel at the base of the collar. But the uniforms in yesterday’s game featured Nike’s new template. You can see the differences in this side-by-side photo comparison of running back Tony Pollard:
I can’t recall an NFL team ever making a midseason template switcheroo for one of its uniforms. (Are there any examples I’m overlooking?) I asked the Cowboys about this and received the following response from a spokesman:
There were some delivery issues with the [new template] for the Chargers game, so we ended up having to wear the [old template] from last year. But we were able to wear the [new template] for this game.
In other words, it sound like Nike didn’t have the new uniforms ready for the first CR game. Interesting!
In case you’re wondering, the Cowboys’ primary white, navy, and throwback uniforms are all rendered in the new template, so yesterday’s game made the CR uni consistent with the rest of the team’s wardrobe.
(Big thanks to Bill Schaefer for bringing this issue to my attention.)