Thursday, January 31, 2013

NFL Uniforms

First off, all the uniform templates are designed by wikipedia user JohnnySeoul so thanks to him for creating the backbones for this. Some uniforms that I didn't think needed changes are direct from his art on wikipedia, so all credit to him for giving me something to start with. I hope everyone enjoys my design ideas.

Now some uniform basics that are league wide:
1. No alternate uniforms, just color and white. I'd do one throwback set, maybe all teams go with throwbacks over Thanksgiving week games, create an annual Thanksgiving rivalry game like high schools, and alternate home and away, though each team would only have one throwback, instead of a home and away throwback.
2. Teams are allowed a sort of alternate design if they are matching white pants with a white jersey at home during early season warm weather games. Baring the heat, teams wear color at home (looking at you Dallas) and white on the road.
3. Captain patches are gone, it was a nice idea, but its too clunky looking. Maybe a Captain C sticker on the back of the helmets?
4. No logos on the back collar of jerseys like Arizona and Buffalo do now, that's a bad trend, if you want to put a maker's mark somewhere maybe put it there.

Arizona Cardinals:
While they’ve moved around quite a bit, from Chicago to St Louis and finally to Phoenix, they are one of the oldest franchises in the league, so enough with these crazy uniforms, I changed it up to something simple and traditional. Their throwback is just going back to their start in Arizona, the original bird logo with the state flag on the sleeves. They've had a fairly consistent look, so a "state pride" type of throwback seemed best. 

Atlanta Falcons:
I was a big fan of their older red helmet / black jersey style, so I switched back to that look, but kept the current logo. Tried to match up the helmet and pants stripes in one design, and the sleeve and sock stripes in another. Going with red helmets full time makes the 1990s era black on black a good throwback alternate.

Baltimore Ravens:
They look pretty good now, my main change is with the pants. I like black with both purple and white, but ditch the solid pants and add in some stripes similar to the original black pants they had. Also no black socks with black pants. Also slightly change the number font, but keep it a rounded style, it is a little hard to read as is. They've pretty much always had the same look, so a faux-throwback tying back to the Colts history in Baltimore, swapping out the blue for black and using the crest secondary logo on the helmet. 

Buffalo Bills:
I still identify the Bills with their red helmets from their glory days in the late 80s / early 90s. So that is the primary change here. Also dropped the logo from the back collar of the jersey just can’t be seen in these images, and tried to make their stripe pattern uniform across the helmet, jersey, and pants. Going red helmets full time makes the white standing buffalo helmet even better as the throwback, also using the shoulder stripe design from the early 1960s to change things up a little more from the current jersey design.

Carolina Panthers:
After seeing the Panthers go with black jerseys and black pants I had considered adding a black helmet for an all black look, which would make sense for a team called the Panthers. If they were in any other place but Carolina I’d do the all black look, but you’ve got Carolina blue in there, it just looks great, so I made that the primary color, and ditched the silver completely. The jersey drops the logos and instead changes up their existing shoulder stripes for the more old fashion shoulder stripe design, and matching them up on the pants. Also ditching their weird helmet stripes. The throwback is obvious, going with the original logo and design. 

Chicago Bears:
Another of the few classics left in the league, only adding in a wordmark. Only thing of note is making the bear head the primary logo instead of the wishbone c. Their current monster's of the midway era throwback stays as well.

Cincinnati Bengals:
I hate the tiger stripes on the helmet. Before all of these crazy ugly uniforms came about, the tiger stripe helmet was the first crazy/ugly/stupid design out there. Plus they have a great tiger head logo they hardly use that would be perfect on the helmet. Not sure why they have black jerseys, the orange ones look much better. Dumped the Bengals B logo on the chest in favor of the wordmark. I can handle the tiger stripe sleeves and pants stripes, it’s an innovative way to incorporate their identity instead of a traditional stripe style. On the white jerseys I dumped the orange shoulders, kept it limited to the sleeves. That said, I'll keep the tiger stripe helmet around for a once a year throwback option. 

Cleveland Browns:
Jerseys stay the same mostly as their classic design, just changing up to a rounder number font, simplifying the stripe pattern, and adding a striped collar. Keeping the brown pants but adding in some stripes. Big change is the helmet, going to a cleaner white with brown uniform numbers. Still an old fashioned look, and emphasizing brown in favor of orange, since they are the Browns. Also, even though I wouldn't put it on the helmet, I'd make this their official logo instead of just the helmet. For the throwback, the darker shade of brown, original stripe pattern, with orange helmet and pants is really the only other look they've had.

Dallas Cowboys:
For one thing, I think they should start wearing their navy jerseys at home, I get the tradition, but hey they haven’t won a playoff game in how long? Might be time to ditch the white-at-home thing. Dropped the stars on the sleeves so their navy jersey matches the white, only difference being a small silver outline on the stripes. Their white jersey, well the problem is really all the different colors, the Cowboys are navy and silver, yet their white uniform features blue numbers, and bluish-silver pants. Just get all the colors fixed, go with navy (though a little lighter than the current shade) and their bluish silver on both sets and it works perfect. The white helmet and shoulder star throwback they've used recently works well still. 

Denver Broncos:
First thing is swapping out the navy blue in favor of the original royal blue, works much better and the navy and orange looks too much like Chicago. While I’ve gotten used to their side stripe jersey design over the past 10+ years, it doesn’t mean it’s good, or that it can’t be improved. So I basically went with a pretty basic and plain design, bringing in a more traditional stripe set on the helmet, jersey, and pants and socks. Since my new design is basically a throwback with the newer logo, I went with the orange helmet and blue sleeve throwback alternate.

Detroit Lions:
The recent update ditching the black is pretty good, just dropping the Lions workmark from the sleeve, and a few other minor tweeks. The plain blue and silver Thanksgiving throwback is a nice look. 

Green Bay Packers:
Yet another timeless design, the green and yellow works perfectly. For the throwbacks I'd use the same 1940s era look, but just going with the white jersey over the navy blue option. 

Houston Texans:
Going with red jersey and navy helmet, as navy on navy is too similar to the bears look. For the stripe design on the collar, sleeves, and pants I incorporated the state flag design, which seems appropriate based on the logo. A red facemask also pops a little more on the helmet. As the newest franchise they don't have many options for a throwback, so went with the original navy, plus the unused white helmet variant when they were founded.

Indianapolis Colts:
Nothing to change here, aside from adding a chest wordmark, it’s a classic look. Though the ultra tight jersey design screws up the shoulder stripes, but what can you really do there? With such a consistent look you have to go back to their first few seasons in the 1950s and the short lived blue helmet throwback design. 

Jacksonville Jaguars:
I bounced around a few ideas, black and gold would work well, but New Orleans is already identified with that look. So I went with greener teal as their primary color, changing it up with gold as the secondary and black as just an accent color. This design is so much better than the mess they wear now, much more similar to their original design, which was sort of a new classic. Just swapping in gold helmet, which I think a chrome type gold, to stand out, would be perfect, and gold numbers on jersey. For the throwback, the original logo design, white jersey with the black numbers, and white pants look from the early 2000s.

Kansas City Chiefs:
A classic look, no real changes needed, just adding a wordmark and moving a modified Lamar Hunt/AFL memorial to the sleeve. Obviously no all red allowed. Another consistent team, even their days as the Dallas Texans look pretty much the same. I modified the Dallas Texans throwback to feature the state of Missouri instead of Texas, the helmet logo and plain white jerseys being the big difference on the throwbacks.

Los Angeles Rams:
It seems obvious the Rams are returning to LA, where they belong. I like the current design, but think the old blue and yellow works better than navy and gold, so swap the colors and I think it’s a great look. While the yellow pants with white jersey isn't bad, I noticed the white on white currently looks good, so that would carry over. The navy and white, 1960s fearsome foursome era throwback is a good alternate look. 

Miami Dolphins:
 I’d go back to their old logo, but use the lighter colors of their current design, maybe make the aqua a little more green than what it was changed to. I really don’t have a problem with their current number font or emphasis on white in the uniform, so that’s reflected here. I’d also keep their previous wordmark over the new one, which is very bland, and likewise drop the wordmark from the back of the pants where it looks like a tramp stamp, and return their helmet, sleeve, and pants stripe design to the previous look as well. Obviously going with undefeated 1972 season throwbacks, even if they are pretty similar to the primary design. 

Minnesota Vikings:
Their new uniforms in 2013 are a big upgrade over previous designs. I’d ditch the odd looking number fonts though, and make a few slight changes to the striping, but it still works. Also make sure the purple in the helmets match the purple in the rest of the uniform, they always seem to have a problem with that. Their fairly simple design doesn't leave many options to throw back to, I did a bit of a mashup of throwbacks, as the shoulder stripe white design didn't add the yellow number trim until they also added the logo to the sleeves. 

New England Patriots:
I do like a lot about their current look, but the navy is so bland and boring. I'd go back to their old red jersey design, but add silver to blue as alternates, I mean they are the Patriots, have to go red, white, and blue, instead of navy. Also modernize the collar. Likewise drop the color pants when they go with white jerseys just doesn’t look right, so keep silver pants with the red or white jerseys and I think it upgrades things a lot. For the throwbacks going to the 1985 AFC champion season for the throwbacks. 

New Orleans Saints:
They already have a great look so long as they stick with the gold pants rather than the black ones. A little change up going back to their older style, swapping out the sleeve logo for some stripes, making the pants stripes match the helmet, and going with gold numbers on white jersey instead of black. Also going back to the original, brighter shade of gold they had. Already going back to the old gold of the throwbacks, and they've had a fairly consistent design, so the all white look from the 1975 season is the best choice. 

New York Giants:
Pretty good look, but a few changes. For starters, ditching the NY wordmark on the chest in favor of the GIANTS wordmark. Secondly, the gray pants have to go, they just look dingy. Lastly, for a team who is called big blue, and clearly has blue as their primary color, why is their white/road jersey using solid red numbers and stripes? Switch that to blue and it looks much better. For their throwback I went way back to their 1938 championship season to find something distinctive, with red jerseys and "winged helmet". 

New York Jets:
Their existing uniforms are okay enough, but feel kind of dated, a permanent throwback of sorts. So I tried mixing their logo and look from 80s and 90s with the throwback design. A little lighter green in there, and putting the jet wing from the wordmark into the sleeve stripes. The 1980 kelly green helmet style was the obvious choice for the throwback. 

Oakland Raiders:
Like their rivals in Kansas City, the Raiders have an absolute classic already, no need to make changes, aside from the chest wordmark. In my ideal world, they'd have stayed in Oakland. For the throwback you have to go back to their first years in the early 1960s for something different than the silver and back classic.

Philadelphia Eagles:
I like the current design and logo, just not a fan of the colors. So swapping in the old kelly green and a little silver back in. Also simplifying the numbers to old block style and updating the font. Now they look really good. Throwback goes to their back to back championship years in 1948 and 1949, the odd style helmet and silver pants make a nice alternate.

Pittsburgh Steelers:
A great uniform, just a couple of minor things to fix; the jersey numbers need to go back to a traditional block font, and like the Jets, dump the chest patch logo in favor of a wordmark. The early 1960s yellow helmet and white pants look is a good throwback, slight modification keeping the logo on one side of the helmet and numbers on the other.

San Diego Chargers:
They've got a good look, but why even bother with the navy in there, everyone loves the old powder blue uniforms. Even if you are going to keep the modern design, just go powder blue. As with the Raiders, I'd keep the Chargers where they belong in San Diego. Going with powder blue full time, the 1970s look with a navy helmet and yellow pants is a great throwback alternate.

San Francisco 49ers:
Their switch back to the classic look a few years ago was almost perfect. Changes still needed… dump the black outline around the logo on the helmet, fix the sleeve stripes. Also I think they look better with a red facemask instead of gray. Using the same 1955 throwback they brought out in their 1994  Superbowl season, but going all the way with the red helmet too. 

Seattle Seahawks:
Ditching the all navy look, going with the silver pants with both dark and light jerseys. Though the logo and uniform could focus more on the neon green a little more, definitely distinctive. I'm not a fan of all the weird stripes they've got going on the chest, and especially not the word mark on side instead of the center, asymmetry in uniforms drives me nuts. So cut out all weird stripes, and go with a more traditional look, but keep the Native American iconography built in. The throwback is an obvious choice to the classic blue and silver design from the 1980s and 1990s.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
The Bucs new uniforms for 2014 are just a mess, as usual Nike ruined a good thing. While I do really like the current colors, there is something about the old orange look they had that I just think is better. Really the 90s era design with the orange and white would be great. Bringing back Bucco Bruce for the throwback, with the red numbers and old style stripes changing things a up a bit on the all white set. 

Tennessee Titans:
Not a fan of the flaming part of the logo so I simplified to a nice circle. The last few years they had switched back and forth between light blue and navy as their primary, its sort of hard to tell which is their main color, so I'm going with navy. Tried to get a little more red into the uniform, and ditching the different color shoulder, replacing it with some more traditional stripes. Also updating their font. Likewise dumping their blocky future numbers for a little more rounded font numbers. The original 1960s Houston Oilers set makes a great throwback, I had thought about maybe putting the Tennessee Oilers alternate logo on the helmet instead, but figured I'd keep it authentic. 

Washington Redskins:
So there is a lot of controversy surrounding this name, and even I thought they should go ahead and change it based on the narrative that it is super offensive to Native Americans. But recent surveys have shown Native Americans are overwhelmingly NOT against the name. So if they are not offended, there is no reason for everyone else to get worked up about it. That said, I really am not a fan of their current logo, so I went with the spearhead and the older metallic gold design, similar to the 75th anniversary throwback, but minus the sleeve stripes. The early 1970s yellow helmet set makes a great throwback. 

Here are your throwback uniform pairings for the Thanksgiving weekend rivalry games (click to see full size):