The NFC South has seen a big shakeup this season, with big name new quarterbacks taking over a pair of the division's teams. After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers unveiled new uniforms to go along with the acquisition of Tom Brady on Tuesday, the Atlanta Falcons followed suit today.
Tampa's new uniforms certainly didn't draw universal acclaim. The franchise got back to the most successful moment in its history—the 2002-03 Super Bowl championship season—and just made things more simple. It was a definite upgrade from the infamous "alarm clock" uniforms of the last few years.
The Atlanta Falcons are hoping to ride momentum from a strong finish in 2019 to a return to the playoffs this fall. Changing from some pretty unmemorable uniforms certainly wasn't a controversial decision on its own. What they went with, however... fans aren't stoked about it.
The good: a throwback black jersey, white pants look evocative of the 1990s Falcons. This is a very clean look. Had they gone the Tampa Bay route, this would be the base home uniform. That is not the direction that the team took things.
The other three uniforms look straight out of the mid-2000s, with a bit of Big 12 flair. That is not necessarily a compliment.
You can take or leave the 'ATL' nameplates. The idea doesn't work nearly as well in reality as it probably seemed on paper. The side striping makes it look like B.J. Symons should be out there in the shotgun.
So far, response has been pretty overwhelmingly negative. Maybe they'll look better live on the field? Hopefully we'll get a chance to find out this fall.
For our team.
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