Ravens' gold pants were supposed to be a nod to team's 20th anniversary

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens revealed why they wore the not-so-well-received gold pants Sunday for the first time in team history.

"That was in the works for all the way back to last season," coach John Harbaugh said Monday. "It was our 20th anniversary season. If we'd been doing a little bit better, you might have seen them a little bit sooner. That was a nod to the tradition."

The problem is, the gold color has never played a prominent role in the Ravens' tradition. This will likely be remembered as the worst uniform in their 20-year history.

Some fans thought the pants looked more like spicy mustard than gold. Others thought it was bordering too close to the look of the rival Pittsburgh Steelers.

It was definitely a unique look for the Ravens to pair gold pants with their black helmet and purple jersey.

"The players like it. They like something different," Harbaugh said. "I didn't take a vote to see who liked them and who didn't like them. They were excited to be out there with a little different look."

The NFL allows each team to have three different jersey and pant combinations. The Ravens have worn purple, white and black for jerseys, but they had only dressed in white and black pants prior to Sunday.

Harbaugh suggested running a fan contest to come up with something better than the gold pants.

"Uniforms should be fun," he said. "We want to be traditional. We have a look that we're proud of 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."