NFL Uniform Analysis - Part 4 (The Good)

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Time to move on to the good stuff. I’ve classified over half of NFL teams with at least good uniforms. I think Nike has started to learn from their mistakes and I hope the redesigns they do the next couple of years push that number up even more. The teams in the “good” category are teams with solid uniforms with great design aspects, but have small design problems. Once again these are presented in no particular order.

SIDE NOTE: In part three I said I didn't like the Chargers color rush uniforms. I actually love the Chargers color rush, but I just hate that it's not the powder blue that I want them to wear. I hate that they tease us with better uniforms once or twice a year.

--THE GOOD--

DALLAS COWBOYS

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 24: Wide receivers Cole Beasley #11, Terrance Williams #83, and Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys walk to the sidelines in the first quarter of a football game against the Seattle Seahawks at AT&T Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Cowboys barely make the good category for me. There are just so many little things that are straight up wrong with the Cowboys uniform, but I end up kind of liking them anyway. Here are just some problems:

* Navy blue star, but royal blue numbers
* Silver helmet, but greenish silver pants
* Black outlines around the sleeve stripes for no reason

These are all things that I would hate on any other uniform other than the Cowboys. For some reasons all these elements seem to click together. It's probably because they're such a classic design and all of these issues are from decades ago so they've become apart of the team. I'm kind of impressed they just own it.

Recently I've noticed a lot of fans seem to like the navy jerseys which are basically their alternates because they hardly wear them. They're a nice look, but I'm not a big fan of the weird white outline around the numbers. That design looks awesome if there was more white in the overall design. If the NFL ever relaxes there one color shell helmet rule I would love for the Cowboys to bust out the white helmet, navy jersey, and white pants for whenever they have to wear navy tops. Something similar to these throwbacks

I don't know if I want the Cowboys to change anything about their weird home uniforms though. I'm kind of scared that they would come out with something way worse so I'm happy with this.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

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Little known fact: The Saints actually changed their uniform colors last year. Nothing really big, but what is big is they finally fixed their collars old vs new. It used to look like a toilet seat cover around their necks (images from Uni-Watch twitter).

A simple, bold, and clean helmet with classic striping backed up with a bold jersey. Usually I hate it when a team has the same logo on their helmet as their sleeves, but it doesn’t bother me as much here because the design is so simple and there is so much structure to the rest of the uniform. Plus if you've ever been to New Orleans the fleur de lisis all over everything and a huge part of the city. I would much rather have something else on the sleeves like their amazing color rush designs (that should be their standard away uniform), but it's not a huge issue. Their gold, black, gold combination is by far my favorite.

The only aspect that stops the Saints from the “great” category and almost pushes them into the “close” is the combination of black pants and stripeless black socks. Another team that makes their players wear what looks like yoga pants. If you’re a girl and you wear a Saints jersey with yoga pants you’re a helmet away from being in uniform.

All that said they really own their black and gold colors with a good overall look.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS

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Washington’s colors are beautiful. The perfect shade of burgundy and a yellow that is almost just yellow enough to actually call gold. It's a fantastic color combination for a sport that's played in the fall/winter. Those colors paired with block numbers and consistent striping really stand out. They look great in the burgundy pants, but I wouldn't mind seeing more yellow pants.

So why aren’t they great? I'm not going to talk about the Redskin name. Instead I want to point out a redundancy with the logo. The Native American is wearing feathers and then there are extra feathers on the outside of the circle. Why, because the logo used to be a circle with a R, but they changed it and didn’t notice the redundancy.

So a great, clean overall uniform that has a below average logo. I feel that “Good” is the best place for it.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

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As you guys can already tell I’m a sucker for a good helmet logo and the Eagles have one of the best. A classic look that you can easily see from the nosebleed section.

Shocker, I’m actually kind of a fan of the midnight green. It’s a really nice shade of green that pops with the white pants when they’re at home. Of course I love the kelly green more, but if you’re stuck with a color, midnight green isn’t bad at all. Also after winning a Super Bowl in these they can’t change them for awhile.

The thing keeping them from great is the overuse of black. Midnight green is already super dark and there isn’t enough contrast between the two. It’s annoying when they have a perfectly good color, silver, that’s barely used.

I know a lot of fans would be happier if they went back to kelly green and kept the new template, but this isn't a bad uniform to be stuck with.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Sep 11, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (13) celebrates a touchdown pass thrown by quarterback Andrew Luck (12) to wide receiver Donte Moncrief (10) in the first half against the Detroit Lions at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Lions won 39-35. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The horseshoe logo is a fantastic helmet logo and looks so clean on the helmet. The gray facemasks help keep that old school look and brings everything together. They look just as good away as they do at home really owning that royal blue.

Why not great then? While the Colts have awesome uniforms I think they're playing it too safe with no alternates. Not even a throwback last year. With a white helmet and an already established look you can really go all out with an aggressive alternate. The sock situation also leaves a lot to be desired and they're one of the few teams that still uses the Nike flywire collars that look silly.

A really simple, bold, and classic look by a team that owns that royal blue.

NEW YORK JETS

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 12: Josh McCown #15 of the New York Jets calls out the play in the first quarter against the Tennessee Titans during a preseason game at MetLife Stadium on August 12, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Just like the Colts own their royal blue the Jets own their hunter green. I love their away uniform with green pants or white, but their best combination is white-green-white.

I like their uniforms a little more than the Colts with their sock stripes and with taking risks with their color rush uniform. I love seeing that reflective green logo.

The only problem I have is that the helmet logo is difficult to see the details of even up close or with any kind of motion. I'm torn because I love the old school logo, but I wouldn't mind if they tried something new. Maybe they could come up with an alternate logo and use that on the helmet for color rush. That's what I feel teams should use color rush for, testing out new helmet logos. With a name like Jets that really opens up a lot of helmet possibilities.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

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What I really enjoy about these uniforms is the stripe consistency with the jersey, pants, and socks on the pants that they're pulling off. I really like that awesome Lamar Hunt patch on the chest. The helmet logo is really clean and easy to see.

With such a solid uniform I'm kind of stumped with how to make them great. The overall look is really good, but it's just missing something to really put it over the edge. I would like to see some sort of alternate jersey introduced to spice things up. Still, if I was a Chefs fan I would be very happy with this look and I'm sorry that I don't have much to say about it, but even if you look up their uniform history it's extremely short.

GREEN BAY PACKERS

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The yellow helmet, green jerseys, and yellow pants is a great combination that really pops on the field. The simple block numbers match the bold design of the jersey and I actually like how there is no outline around the names or numbers. It’s a classic old school look that has actually been tweaked over time to look so good. While some teams have a clear primary color and use their second color for accents the Packers really took a gamble basically going 50/50 with their green and yellow (I refuse to call this color gold).

The TV numbers on the shoulders are little too big and on some players it’s down right obnoxious. Like the Panthers they are also using the old Reebok template with even older fabric choices so the jersey loses structure sometimes, but it's not as noticeable as the Panthers.

And finally there is just one thing that only seems to bother me that I would like to bring up. Every other team in sports that has a two word city name like San Francisco, New York, New Jersey, Kansas City, or Los Angeles (to just name a few) use both starting letters of their two word city name to represent their team. So why does Green Bay only have a G? Some will say because it stands for greatness. This is false. The truth is there is no good reason and it’s too late to change because a GB would look silly now. If a Packer fan has a good explanation I'm open to hearing it.

With back to back HOF QBs the Packers have had a constant stream of success. So, like the Patriots, they’ve been good so long in these uniforms that they’ll probably never change which is fine by me. The only thing I would really change would be fixing those huge TV numbers. The rest is a classic uniform.

--OVERALL--

All the uniforms on this list are just really solid. All these teams really own their look and even if you're not a fan of the simplicity it's really easy to understand why these designs have stood the test of time. Some of them boarder on being too simplistic and some of the fans want updates, but overall they're good uniforms.

CONTINUE TO: Part 5 - The Great

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