On Thursday afternoon, reports surfaced that said the NFL was implementing a new helmet policy.
NFL will allow teams to use alternate-color helmets again, starting in 2022. https://t.co/lEsSUpFMGt— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) June 24, 2021
According to the report from Pro Football Talk, “Teams can pair the second helmet with alternate, throwback or Color Rush uniforms.”
This change won’t go into effect until 2022, so we won’t see any new helmets until next season. But that still got Cincinnati Bengals fans very excited!
There are two main suggestions for what the Bengals’ alternate helmet should be. The most outspoken fans want to see a white helmet with black stripes to pair with the all-white uniform selection.
@Bengals I’ve been a Bengals fan for nearly 30 years. I’ve never asked for anything. Through the highs and lows, I’ve been a good little fan.— Dallas Martin (@HashtagDallas) June 24, 2021
For the love of God, please make this a reality with the NFLs new rule for 2022 #nfl #helmets pic.twitter.com/EueQ5VIpuH
When we were at the #NewStripes event in April, Elizabeth Blackburn said their was a great desire for a ‘White Tiger’ helmet to go with the color rush-style uniforms.— Willie Lutz (@willie_lutz) June 24, 2021
Expect the #Bengals to roll those out next season. https://t.co/9N0nCfcAJc
The second camp are the ones who want to see a throwback uniform. The orange helmet with “Bengals” written across the side would be a welcome addition to the #NewStripes.
Though the proponents of this look are not as outspoken, they seem to be plentiful.
So if the #Bengals do add a throwback helmet, I’d imagine they’ll be more like the originals than the quite popular White Tiger.— Willie Lutz (@willie_lutz) June 24, 2021
Again, there’s a desire from the Bengals org to do the White Tiger helmets. Just don’t know if the league’s announcement will allow for that reality. pic.twitter.com/3dn2QvCnPa
I know Bengals fans are going to say white helmets but I’d kind of like to see the original helmet with just Bengals in the side paired with a throwback uni https://t.co/1hOwc2PrfH— Tyler Meinerding (@TylerMeinerding) June 24, 2021
Just gonna honest here. I don't think the Bengals need white helmets nor do I really want them. I've gotten used to seeing the orange one even on the all white color rush from last year. I might be in the minority here. But the white helmet just doesn't feel as "Bengals" to me.— Zack Joerger (@CinciSeabee) June 24, 2021
I don't mind joining you on this assuredly lonely island. I like the general idea of the white tiger helmet, but in the end, it just doesn't work for me. I'd rather they do a true throwback jersey with the original orange helmet and Bengals spelled out than the white helmet.— Andre Perrotta (@andreperrotta13) June 24, 2021
Hot take: the white helmets look ugly and don't work— Just Another Bengals Fan (@JustaBengalsFan) June 24, 2021
There is a minority opinion that the Bengals should borrow the look from their neighbors at Nippert. Some fans would like to see an all-black look, like the Bearcats.
Alternate Black Bengals Helmets HERE WE COME!— Jacob Haugh (@Haugh_Edits) June 24, 2021
Now hear me out…. What if instead of all white, we go black out? Matte black helmet, either glossy orange or glossy black stripes? Every team in Cincy plays better in all black pic.twitter.com/3cU8166gPn— The Back Row Cincinnati Bengals Show (@BackRowBengals) June 24, 2021
One thing is for certain, however, and that is that Bengals fans across the board are excited for a new helmet. After getting new uniforms this season, the thought of a new helmet, no matter the color, helps us look forward to next year even more.
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