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 : The New York Jets are the latest NFL franchise to switch
The New York Jets are the latest NFL franchise to switch [ #5959] , 18 2019 04:21
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NEW YORK (AP) New colors Justin Layne Jersey , a tweaked logo, flashy uniforms and fired-up fans and players. up their playbooks and call for a major rebranding, with the teams revamped look unveiled Thursday night during a launch party at a midtown Manhattan ballroom.Its just a different swagger, man, safety Jamal Adams said. Its something that this team needed.Gone is the familiar hunter green and white combination that graced the Jets uniforms for the past 20 years, replaced by what the team calls Gotham Green and Spotlight White. Theres also a Stealth Black alternate uniform, along with a refreshed logo on all-green helmets.We wanted to create something that we think todays fans and traditional fans will like, and something that the players will like, team president Neil Glat told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. And we also kind of were looking for that gritty, resilient New York City-area look. So, youre trying to accomplish a lot of different things.Its a risky but potentially rewarding proposition with a thorough creative process including lots of behind-the-scenes meetings, seemingly endless tweaks and plenty of opinions that NFL teams, as well as franchises in other professional leagues, have attempted to varying degrees of success.The main reason teams do it is because fan interest has waned and youre looking to do a restart, said Marc Ganis, president of Sportscorp, a Chicago-based consulting firm, and an adviser to several team owners. Youre looking to re-energize or restart the marketing and branding of the team.At least 10 NFL teams have tweaked their looks Detroit, Minnesota, Miami, Cleveland or redesigned their uniforms Seattle, Jacksonville, Tennessee since 2012, when Nike became the leagues official apparel provider.I think you can tell fairly quickly by the reaction of the fans and by the reaction of the media, Ganis said of how long it typically takes for a team to know whether it has a success on its hands or a marketing dud. And, you can tell by the reaction of the buyers for the stores. Are they buying a lot of merchandise because they are expecting big sales? Now http://www.steelersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-benny-snell -jr.-jersey , the problem with if you dont have a winner, theres not much you can really do about it.Decisions have been made. And, decisions have consequences.Just ask the NHLs New York Islanders, whose fisherman logo replaced the traditional NY circular design before the 1995-96 season but was absolutely despised by fans and was gone by the end of that season.In the NFL, teams cant pivot so quickly. They have to stick with their rebranded designs for five years before they can approach the league about changing uniforms and logos again.The reason we do that is to kind of help the consistency of the brand from a fans point of view, said Chris Stackhouse, the NFLs art director. It gives every change that we make enough longevity to really see if it sticks and make sure it works. So when our clubs approach us, they know that when theyre making a change, its a big deal and theyre going to be locked into it for five years.Jacksonville found out the hard way in 2013, when it redesigned its uniforms and included helmets that featured a two-tone finish. The new look was never fully embraced by Jaguars fans and was widely mocked. So, last year, the team unveiled an updated no-nonsense look that was much better received.Merchandise revenue in the NFL is, by and large, divided equally among all 32 teams. So, franchises that make changes arent necessarily doing it for money grabs to get new items online and on the shelves in retail marketplaces in hopes of direct financial gains.Its not an issue of revenue, Ganis said. Its an issue of interest.For the Jets, there was plenty of hype leading up to their first major uniform and logo changes since 1998. That included team CEO Christopher Johnson teasing the announcement during the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix last month by saying he thought the new uniforms were bad-ass.There was rampant speculation on social media during the last several months with fan-crafted uniform mock-ups causing many to wonder if they were anywhere close to what would ultimately end up on the field.This is the first time the Jets are changing their brand and their how they communicate to fans in really a generation, said James Carmichael, the NFLs brand director. So, it was really important to get this right. So you dont want to rush that. You want to make sure youre doing your due diligence exploring all your options to truly make sure that it fits who they are and who they want to be as a brand.The process for the Jets began in 2014, when owner Woody Johnson and brother Christopher kicked around the idea of refreshing the look of the franchise. That jumpstarted several conversations between the team, Nike and the NFL, which surveyed management, employees and fans.Doing that diligence really kind of brings all the important pieces to the surface, Stackhouse said, and helps my team really know how to kind of find that North Star creatively going forward.When considering redesigning merchandise and apparel Zach Gentry Jersey , teams typically have to measure the delicate balance between maintaining their traditions while having an eye toward the future.We know that fans of these teams, their colors or logos, this stuff is on shirts and apparel that are handed down from father to son from generation to generation, Stackhouse said. These things mean a lot to people and were changing that. So we take it very seriously, but we have to take as much of a long view on this as we can.There was some early internal discussion in the Jets organization about making an extensive change to the team logo. Instead, the team decided on a refresh rather than an overhaul.The uniforms, though, were set for a complete rebranding from the style to the color. That process included a trip to downtown Manhattan for Stackhouse and his team to sift through bolts of fabrics after not quite getting into the end zone with the right shade of green.We needed to refresh the process and think differently, Stackhouse said. And sure enough, we brought back one and as soon as we rolled it out on the table, we, on our end, kind of looked at it and had a strong feeling that we knew it when we saw it. And when we brought it to Mr. Johnson and the rest of the ownership there, they felt the same way.Once a team gets the color nailed down and the logo is in development, Nike takes on an even bigger role by designing uniforms based on the concepts that have been collected.Next comes the tweaks. And, lots of them.Until, eventually, a team has its new look.It took time and a lot of iterations and a lot of good quality work by people in this building and at the NFL and at Nike, Glat said. And then even when you get close, then you have to start developing prototypes and you have to get the colors just right and you have to test it on the field and you have to test it with TV cameras, so its been a deliberate process.And, for the Jets, it comes at a time when change has swept through the franchise. Theres a new coach in Adam Gase , a free-agent prize in running back LeVeon Bell and a promising quarterback heading into his second NFL season in Sam Darnold.And, theyll all be sporting a new look this season.Look, people feel better when theyre wearing cool clothes Joey Bosa Jersey , Ganis said. Thats not just on the red carpet. Thats also on the football field.Winning or losing, however, will make for the ultimate fashion critic.If we dont play well, Darnold said, the uniforms dont look good. RENTON, Wash. (AP) Seattle Seahawks linebacker Mychal Kendricks is eager to get back to the normalcy provided by life on a football field.The 28-year old Kendricks is returning from an eight-game suspension due to violations of the NFLs personal conduct policy stemming from guilty pleas to insider trading charges in September. Kendricks pleaded guilty to one count of securities fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud.This is my escape, Kendricks said Saturday. Football is everything for me and to have lost that also was very hard. That also was probably the hardest thing, having to walk away from the game that I love, from a team that has accepted me. Just wanting to be here and not being able to hurt.Football wasnt the only thing hes lost. He says he has lost friendships since his issues became public this summer.Deep down, Ill never truly know who is with me or not, but I can tell theres a shift in energy between those who know me, he said. Those who arent supposed to be in my life wont be. And through hard situations like this, that sifts out.Kendricks was released by the Cleveland Browns after the charges were filed in late August. The Seahawks signed Kendricks after a season-opening loss to the Denver Broncos as Shaquem Griffin and Austin Calitro struggled to replace an injured K.J. Wright at weak-side linebacker. He played in three games making two starts and recorded 15 total tackles and two sacks prior to his suspension.Kendricks was suspended indefinitely by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Oct. 2. The league eventually settled on an eight-game suspension after reviewing the matter and speaking with Kendricks.With Wright again out while addressing ongoing problems with his knee, Kendricks return could be a significant boost for the Seahawks stretch run. He has been allowed to practice with the team for the last two weeks, but was not eligible to play until Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings.He looks really good on the practice field, Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. Like when he played for us, we really felt his quickness. You could see the plays that he can make and the savvy that he has that adds to it. So, its going to be a while before hes truly comfortable in the playing mode just because its happened so fast, but his awareness really allows him to jump right back in. Were going to expect him to be active and be part of it and play a lot in the game.His return to the field comes against his brother, Eric, who plays linebacker for the Vikings.It is special in the sense that during a hard time like this you lean on those that love you, Mychal Kendricks said. You lean on those that have been there all your life and its emotional coming back. What better way to come back than to play a loved one.He faces up to 25 years in prison when sentenced in January.That part is inevitable and I probably wont speak on that, he said, noting he is focusing on staying rooted in the present.Im going to be where my feet are. Im not going to harp on the past. Im not going to predict the future. Im just going to be right where Im at. So take it day-by-day.Notes: Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin (hip) will be a game-time decision due to a hip injury. He was unable to practice during the week. . RB Rashaad Penny (ankle) and FB Tre Madden (chest) are also listed as questionable.
 : WASHINGTON (AP) Missed tackles.
WASHINGTON (AP) Missed tackles. [ #5960] , 18 2019 05:13
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Missed assignments. Missed communication. All are plausible explanations for whats gone wrong with the Washington Redskins defense lately.A unit that was a big reason for the teams strong start to the season is also now a big reason for the Redskins rapid descent to 6-6 and a three-game losing streak heading into Sundays matchup against the visiting New York Giants.Weve just got to get off the field Ugo Amadi Jersey , Redskins cornerback Josh Norman said. Got to find a way to get off the field.Only 12 of the leagues 32 teams have given up more yards per game than the 367.4 the Redskins are allowing this season. Thats bad enough as it is.But narrow the scope to the past five outings, and Washingtons average balloons to more than 420 yards. Over the past three games, Washingtons opponents have averaged 27.3 points.Defensively, we have to play better. We have to play better. These 430-yard games are too much for the defensive personnel that we do have. We have no excuses there, coach Jay Gruden said. So the challenge will be, Hey, if we have to win 7-6, lets do it.'To Normans point, the third-down conversion numbers are the most staggering of all.For the season, the Redskins are letting foes get the first down 44 percent of the time; only three clubs are worse. Over just the most recent five games, it gets worse, rising to a 54 percent success rate on third downs.Its probably not a coincidence that Washington is 1-4 in those games, dropping from first place to third in the NFC East.And now comes the challenge of dealing with the Giants and their two offensive stars: rookie running back Saquon Barkley Dwayne Haskins Jersey , third in the NFL in rushing yards, and wideout Odell Beckham Jr., who threw one TD pass and caught another last week.Well work on things that maybe have hurt us in the past and weve got to work on those and get better at them, Redskins defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said, and just got to make sure we make tackles in the open field.Unlike all of the injury issues on offense Mark Sanchez is Washingtons third starting QB in less than a month, and the team is on to its third pair of starting guards the defense has been relatively healthy.Plus, it was supposed to be getting help when the Redskins acquired Green Bay Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix at the trade deadline. Things only have been getting worse lately, though.Its frustrating, Norman said, but well find it.Notes: LB Ryan Anderson (hamstring) and G Tony Bergstrom (knee, ankle) were ruled out for Sunday, while LB Zach Brown (illness), C Chase Roullier (knee) David Long Jersey , DL Matt Ioannidis (bruised shin) and WR Josh Doctson (strained hip) were listed as questionable. With all the injuries along the offensive line, Gruden said the team hadnt yet decided who will start at the two guard spots and that the team might do some rotating of players during the game. OLATHE, Kan. (AP) A county prosecutor declined to charge Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill with a crime Wednesday in a domestic incident that involved his fiance and their 3-year-old child.Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe acknowledged that we believe a crime has occurred, however, the evidence in this case does not conclusively establish who committed this crime.Police were called to the Kansas City-area home of Hill and Crystal Espinal twice last month, and investigators determined their child had been injured the second time. Howe said the child was placed in protective care and that there will be a continued involvement by state officials.I cant talk about the child, its placement or what is going on in that matter. What I can say is the child is safe, Howe said. We want to hold people accountable that hurt children, but there are other mechanisms for us to protect that child other than filing criminal charges.The Chiefs issued a comment late Wednesday acknowledging the district attorneys decision but declining further comment, citing the ongoing investigation by the Department for Children and Families.Hill is a two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver with a history of domestic issues, including a case in which he was accused of punching Espinal while at Oklahoma State. Hill was kicked off the football team there and landed at a small school in Alabama, where he became a fifth-round pick of the Chiefs.Hill has blossomed into one of the leagues elite playmakers, and had largely stayed out of trouble until this past month http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/bobby-evans-jersey , when authorities were called to his home twice in a nine-day span.As a prosecutor, as a father of four, yes, it frustrates me when someone hurts a child and you cant do anything about it, said Howe, adding that the investigation took several additional weeks as he waited for police to conduct follow-up work. One of the elements of a crime is you have to prove who that person is who committed the act.Howe said that it was ultimately impossible to determine who injured the child.The decision comes at an important juncture for the Chiefs, who are busy preparing for the start of the NFL draft on Thursday night. They released running back Kareem Hunt shortly after a video surfaced showing him pushing and kicking a woman in a hotel hallway, and that precedent made it likely the Chiefs would have made a similar decision had charges against Hill been filed.The Chiefs or the NFL could still punish Hill, and the receivers long-term future in Kansas City remains in question. Hill is entering the final year of his rookie contract and appeared poised to land a massive contract, but the Chiefs could be reluctant to give him that deal now.The Chiefs first draft pick is not expected until the second round Friday night.The Chiefs traded their first-round pick to Seattle on Tuesday for pass rusher Frank Clark, who was kicked off his team at Michigan after his own domestic violence situation.


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