Coach John Harbaugh had a creative response when asked about the team's new gold pants, which debuted to a mixed reaction Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium in the Ravens' 34-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
He said the pants, which are the same shade of gold as seen in the Ravens' logo, were a special look that nodded toward the team's 20th anniversary season. And if you don't like it, Harbaugh joked maybe you can design them next time.
"I think it's fun," Harbaugh said. "Uniforms are fun. They should be fun, and we want to be traditional. We have a look, I think, that we're proud of here in Baltimore, that stands out, and we want to build on that. But if we can be creative in there somewhere, I'm all for it. I want to play well. It doesn't really matter what color the pants are to me. If the players like it, I like it.
"But we want the fans to like them too, so it's official, we're having a contest," Harbaugh added, though he joked he'd likely have to ask owner Steve Bisciotti.
Sunday's pants, which he said were in the works "all the way back to last season," were actually planned to be debuted sooner, Harbaugh said.
"I think if we had been doing a little bit better, you might have seen them a little bit sooner," he said. "But that was a nod to the tradition, a little bit. The players liked it, they like something different. I didn't take a vote to see who liked them or didn't like them, but they were excited to be out there in a little different look. They always like a different changeup."
Each team is allowed three jerseys and three pants. The Ravens have their home purple jersey, their road white jersey, and the black alternate jersey they wear twice each season. But there are only black pants and white pants in the base look, and no set third.
That, Harbaugh joked, could be where you come in.
"Maybe we should do a contest for our third pant color combination with the fans, so we can have them weigh in and we'd wear them," he said.