Part II. Count these 8 as being in the category of helmets which don’t quite suck, yet are not quite good enough. Looking at #’s 24-17 there are some surprises…likely a shocker at #17:
Jan 17, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; A Philadelphia Eagles helmet rests on a table prior to a press conference to announce Chip Kelly (not pictured) as the new Eagles head coach at the Philadelphia Eagles NovaCare Complex. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
24. Philadelphia Eagles
Strengths: They are unique in that they are one of a handful of team which do not have a logo (per se) on the helmet. I also like the pearlized green.
Weaknesses: I thought they would be higher on my list, but the more I look at these, the more I think the wings just look awkward. They begin at the forehead – I mean honestly, who has wings starting on a man’s forehead? I also don’t like the combination of the dark green with the black face mask. Lastly, I just think they lack something overall.
Ideas for Improvement: I think these would be awesome with a chrome facemask. From there, a tweaking of the logo could be in order.
23. Saint Louis Rams
Strengths: I like the unique helmets (like the Rams) where the mascot is the inspiration for the helmet design rather than an actual logo. With that being said, the Rams helmet is ok, but nothing special.
Weaknesses: Just like the strengths, I don’t see any glaring weaknesses. The biggest weakness is the lack of strengths and the fact that it just feels like it is missing something.
Ideas for Improvement: This is a solid helmet and I have a tough time putting my finger on what could be improved. I would like to see a pearlized blue paint and see what a gold facemask could do.
22. San Diego Chargers
Strengths: I love the bolt and these are much better than their old blue helmets.
Weaknesses: The dark blue facemask.
Ideas for Improvement: This is a solid helmet that could be, and should be, better. I don’t dig the dark blue facemask. These would look really good with a white facemask…or a powder blue facemask.