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The New York Jets will unveil new uniforms on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Here are 13 NFL teams that should follow the Jets’ lead and change uniforms, too, whether to something totally new or throwbacks (but, let’s be real here, mostly throwbacks).
The Falcons busted out the 1990s-era uniforms three times during the 2018 season. The team also has worn the red helmet throwback before the NFL outlawed teams wearing alternative uniforms with different helmets. Both would be welcome changes from the current attire introduced back in 2003.
There’s going to be a good run on this list of uniforms designed in the 1990s that, for some reason, still exist to this day. That decade wasn’t a great time for sports uniforms, and many of them need to go. None might be worse than those of the Panthers. With this team approaching its quarter-century season, it’s time for a total uniform reboot.
After a ridiculous change in 2015, the Browns already are planning another new uniform. Baker Mayfield has gotten a look and seems impressed. Any shift to a more traditional Browns look would be ideal.
This is another hideous uniform born out of the 1990s. The complete overhaul in 1997, though, coincided with consecutive Super Bowl wins for the Broncos, who up until that point had only experienced devastating heartbreak on Super Sunday. Still, it’s time for change. It’s not the logo or the colors that are the problem with the current uniform. It’s all the 90s-style piping, and it’s beyond time to clean it up. There’s a real simple solution here: either go to the Color Rush uniforms permanently or throw it back to the John Elway-era Broncos uniforms of the 1980s and early-to-mid 1990s.
This team seemingly changes its uniforms on an almost yearly basis, so why not try again?
The Dolphins changed to their current uniforms in 2013. However, last season, the team wore throwback uniforms three times and have been doing so since 2015. Maybe it’s because their current primary uniforms are, well, not great. Bring back the helmet-wearing dolphin.
New England Patriots
So long as the Patriots are successful and winning seemingly every Super Bowl, the team likely will never go away from their current uniforms, no matter how ugly those are. The Pat Patriot logo — designed back in the 1960s — is far superior to the “flying Elvis” emblem the franchise has used since Bill Parcells took over the team in 1993. Perhaps fans of every other team have extra incentive to root for the Patriots’ dynasty to come to an end, since it might mean the return of these absolute beauties.
Los Angeles Chargers
Now that the Chargers are in Los Angeles, a uniform reboot might be in the offing for when the team moves into a new stadium in Inglewood for the 2020 season. Of course, the classic powder blues would be a fine choice. Those uniforms are among the best there has ever been in sports. If the Chargers want to get crazy, maybe throw it back to the look of the Dan Fouts-era Chargers of the late-70s and early-80s.
Los Angeles Rams
The Rams are changing uniforms for the move into the new stadium in Inglewood in 2020. Surely, fans are hoping that the Rams will go to the classic blue and yellow uniforms that the team wore in Super Bowl LIII. Rams COO Kevin Demoff has said that “the goal is a modern take on our historical jerseys.”
The Eagles’ current uniforms are another 1990s creation, debuting in 1996 and ditching the team’s signature Kelly green uniforms, which have made sporadic returns in previous seasons as throwbacks. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie has been talking about bringing back the Kelly green uniforms, but the holdup is the NFL’s rule prohibiting teams from using more than one helmet.
The Seahawks ditched their original silver hats in 2002 when the team moved into CenturyLink Field (then known as Seahawks Stadium), and went to their current get-ups in 2012. It’s not that the Seahawks’ current uniforms are bad. It’s just that the uniforms that Steve Largent donned in the 1980s are an underappreciated classic. I mean, look at these. Simply spectacular.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Consider this as another request to bring back the classic creamsicle uniforms. So, basically, with the change to the creamsicles for the Buccaneers, as well as the aforementioned changes for the Broncos, Browns, Chargers, Dolphins, Eagles, Falcons, Patriots, Rams and Seahawks, we’re just asking that the NFL uniform palette look as it did in, say, 1982.
This team doesn’t just need new uniforms. It needs a total rebrand. New team name. New logo. This should have been done years ago.
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