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So, the Redskins' facemask really is black?

I don't get that.

No different than the Cardinals, Browns, Colts, and Bills having a grey one.

Actually, it’s quite a bit different. Those teams are wearing gray masks to emulate the look of helmets from 30 years ago. It’s a branding decision, to intentionally harken back to a by-gone time in the NFL… a time that maybe they believe the players were tougher, harder… and they would hope their brand reflects that. That’s why they’re doing it. I get that there are some posters who hate gray masks and love to say so endlessly, boring the hell out of those of us that don’t consider it a capital crime. But, there you go.

The Redskins’ black mask, though? I dunno. Another post said that, since the helmet represents a time when facemasks didn’t exist, they went with black so the mask would remain relatively unnoticeable. If that’s true, it’s a bit of a failure, IMO. To me it sticks out like a sore thumb on an otherwise nice throwback.

Maybe brown?

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So, the Redskins' facemask really is black?

I don't get that.

No different than the Cardinals, Browns, Colts, and Bills having a grey one.

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Last I looked SF and the NYG,also wear gray masks

Good choice by the Redskins making the facemask black ... it totally complimented the helmet.

Agree with oldschoolvikings ... I too am tired of hearing all the griping about the gray masks ... I like 'em, especially on white helmets like AZ, BUF, and the AFL-50 throwbacks of NE and SD

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So, the Redskins' facemask really is black?

I don't get that.

No different than the Cardinals, Browns, Colts, and Bills having a grey one.

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Last I looked SF and the NYG,also wear gray masks

Good choice by the Redskins making the facemask black ... it totally complimented the helmet.

Agree with oldschoolvikings ... I too am tired of hearing all the griping about the gray masks ... I like 'em, especially on white helmets like AZ, BUF, and the AFL-50 throwbacks of NE and SD

I wasn't gripping about the grey ones, but the Redskins' black facemask was serving the same purpose. Both colors are meant to be a non-distraction to the teams' helmets. I get the whole throwback theme with the grey (outside of the Cardinals because that logic doesn't mesh with their futuristic uniforms). As for the Redskins, a matching brown would've also worked, but the black did the job quite well.

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Funny- during the NFL Network highlights the commentator guy said "I like the way the black facemask looks on that helmet!" during the end of the Redskins/Panthers highlights. Funny that that's what he would notice. He probably reads this site...

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with that Skins helmet there really is no right answer, you're trying to tie something into something else where that something never was. if i had to make the decision though, i would have gone with black. its neutral, and dosent overpower anything else. its just a modern "standard" face mask

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Yeah, I definitely think black was the best option they had. The only better option would be to have a facemask with the same texture as the helmet, but I'm going to guess that wasn't possible or would have been too expensive to be worth doing. Going with a plain brown facemask would likely look more out of place being right next to the textured look of the helmet.

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with that Skins helmet there really is no right answer, you're trying to tie something into something else where that something never was. if i had to make the decision though, i would have gone with black. its neutral, and dosent overpower anything else. its just a modern "standard" face mask

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What about clear? No, really...wonder if they could make a modern version of this?

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with that Skins helmet there really is no right answer, you're trying to tie something into something else where that something never was. if i had to make the decision though, i would have gone with black. its neutral, and dosent overpower anything else. its just a modern "standard" face mask

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What about clear? No, really...wonder if they could make a modern version of this?

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I'm pretty sure those clear ones were banned because they had a tendency to shatter (like they eventually banned the Riddell 2-bars for the same reason - I did see Steve Largent get leveled back in the early 80s and his blue-painted 2-bar wound up in 3-4 pieces).

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