As we sneak into the top 10, the helmets get better and the analysis (understandably so), gets shorter. Here is the bottom half of the top 16:
Weaknesses: A logo on just one side? I know it is unique, but not all things that are unique are good. A one winged plane is unique, but not a good idea. I like symmetry and the one logo drives me crazy.
Ideas for Improvement: Flat black. What team could pull off flat black better than the Steelers? Despite my hatred for the Steelers, if they went flat black and two logos, even I would have to put them in the top 10 helmets.
15. Houston Texans
Strengths: I think this is an overall solid helmet with a good logo.
Weaknesses: No stripe.
Ideas for Improvement: I would add a stripe. That's it.
14. New York Giants
Strengths: Nothing flashy, just a good, solid, classic helmet. This helmet seems to fit the personality of this team/organization. This is the one non-grey/silver helmet that I think can get away with the grey facemask (there has to be an exception to every rule right?).
Weakness: None really. Just not good enough to get above 14.
Ideas for Improvement: None. I think it fits the team and the city. It is solid, but will never crack the top 10.
Strengths: Like the Giants, another solid classic helmet. It is simple, but good.
Weaknesses: I sound like a broken record, but the damn grey facemask.
Ideas for Improvement: I don't know why Indy switched from the blue facemask to the grey. I would actually go with white - it would be bad ass!. If not white, the second best option would be to go back to the blue. Either way, get rid of the grey.
12. Denver Broncos
Strengths: Solid logo, solid colors, solid helmet.
Ideas for Improvement: None really.
11. Atlanta Falcons
Strengths: Ever since the Falcons switched away from the red helmets back in the late ‘80's/early ‘90's, I have loved their helmets. I love the black helmet with the black facemask and I love the logo.
Weaknesses: No stripe.
Ideas for Improvement: I would like to see a red stripe, outlined in white, which starts wider in the front and comes to a point in the back.
10. Dallas Cowboys
Strengths: Another simple classic helmet with good colors and a simple logo. Silver and grey helmets are the only helmets (according to my helmet rules) that can get away with the grey facemask.
Weaknesses: Self inflated ego that goes with the helmet and star. I am sure Jerry Jones would send me hate mail to see his helmet is only #10.
Ideas for Improvement: None.
Strengths: Simple, classic helmet combined with classic colors and a simple classic logo (which also happens to be stolen from my favorite baseball team).
Ideas for Improvement: Another team I would love to see in the flat paint. Flat Paint would probably move them up a few spots.
Let the anticipation begin for the order of the top 8!