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Uni Watch Power Rankings

Feel like you’re going through a bit of NFL withdrawal? That’s no surprise the draft is over and summer training camps haven’t begun yet. Fortunately, we have just the thing to tide you over: a new edition of the Uni Watch NFL Power Rankings, where we rank all of the NFL uniform sets, from first to worst.

Before we get started, here’s a refresher course on the Power Rankings ground rules:

All judging has been done by the Uni Watch Power Rankings Executive Committee, which has a membership of one and freely admits its biases. The committee is rather fond of striped socks, for example, but is less enthusiastic about monochromatic uniforms (solid red, solid black, and so on) and takes a dim view of design « innovations » that just feel like gimmicks. If you don’t share the committee’s cheap jerseys preferences, then you’re totally hopeless and it’s a wonder you can dress yourself each morning that’s fine the whole point of a project like this one is that it’s fun to argue and disagree.

Each team has been ranked mainly on the basis of its primary colored and white uniforms, with alternate and throwback uniforms taken into account if they’re part of the team’s regular uni rotation. Consideration has been weighted to reflect how often a particular uniform combination is worn. The Cowboys, for example, hardly cheap wholesale jerseys ever wear their blue jersey, so that design doesn’t count very much in the team’s ranking.

Certain rankings here are, by necessity, somewhat speculative. The Browns’ new uniform set, for example, hasn’t yet appeared on the field, so cheap nfl jerseys we can only go by how the unis looked at the team’s unveiling event. Ditto for the 49ers’ new black alternate design. In addition, at least two teams the Packers and Dolphins will have new throwback uniforms for 2015 that haven’t yet been released.

For each team listed, you can click on the link below the team’s name to see its current uniform set. The number in parenthesis after the team’s name (« +2, »  » 3, » etc.) indicates the team’s movement up or down on the chart since the previous edition of the Power Rankings.

OK, enough preliminaries let’s get at it.

Aside from the switch from block numbers to italics (which many fans still gripe about, although it’s been nearly 20 years now and we should all just get over it already), the Steelers have stayed the course. They still have their logo on only one side of the helmet, they still don’t use helmet numbers during the preseason (you have to earn them by making the final roster cut), they still have that instantly recognizable sleeve striping (the Rolling Stones are even cheap jerseys using it to promote their show at Heinz Field), and their gold pants still work equally well with either of their jerseys. And while some folks can’t stand the bumblebee throwbacks, that design is actually a big hit here at Uni Watch HQ cheap jerseys and helps vault the Steelers into the top spot in this year’s Power Rankings. First Cheap Football Jerseys China rate.

The color scheme is as effective as ever, the matching stripes on the sleeves and socks are still the envy of most other teams, the unique number font is still instantly recognizable, and the Monsters of the Midway throwback has become a nice annual ritual. So why have the Bears dropped three spots in this year’s rankings? Two reasons: First, the helmet logo is starting to feel a bit dated. And all the old school trappings don’t work well with Nike’s Flywire collar. Several other teams including all three of the ones ranked above the Bears on this year’s list have opted not to wholesale jerseys use that collar style. cheap jerseys from china The Bears would be smart to do likewise.

It’s hard to judge Cheap Jerseys the Eagles on what they wore last year, because a Nike manufacturing glitch left them without their signature midnight green jerseys and pants until more than halfway through the season, forcing the team to wear more wholesale cheap jerseys white and black components than usual. Assuming Nike has its act together this time around, the Eagles should return to being one of the league’s better looking teams. (Although they’d look even better if they traded in the midnight green for kelly, which many fans have been requesting for years, and if they ditched the black alternates.)

The Saints have moved up a few slots, but don’t be fooled: That’s because a few other teams have moved down. (We’ll get to them shortly.) They have their aesthetic moments the white over gold look is particularly strong but they also have a bunch of problems that need to be addressed: (1) The neck roll collar design needs to go, (2) the black pants need some stripes, (3) they need non black socks to go with the black pants, to avoid the dreaded leotard look, and (4) they should avoid the mono black look.

Nike’s radical makeovers are supposed to work like this: They look weird or even outlandish at first, but then we slowly get used to them and they start feeling like the new normal. That’s largely been the case with the Seahawks’ current set, which seemed like a provocation when it was introduced in 2012 but now feels almost conventional except for the neon green, which distorts everything it touches. I just can’t get used to it. Tone down that element and we can talk, but until then this set is still problematic.

The conventional wisdom is that old franchises stay with their long established looks while new ones change their designs like a revolving door. But the Panthers are now starting their third decade with essentially the same uniform set. They deserve credit for consistency but, unfortunately, not for much else. The pointed pants piping, the divergent helmet stripes, the color scheme it all feels badly dated, like it’s from a 1990s handbook on football uniform design. It’s well past time for a face lift.

You know, the superhero jersey isn’t bad, and the Jags’ color scheme has always been underrated. But there’s no getting around it: This is the worst helmet in NFL history, and everything else in this uniform set is subordinate to that. Woof!

Paul Lukas will have updated Power Rankings for other sports later this year. If you liked this column, you’ll probably like his Uni Watch blog, plus you can follow him on Twitter and Facebook. Want to learn about his Uni Watch membership program or his Uni Watch T Shirt Club, be added to his mailing list so you’ll always know when a new column has been posted, or just ask him a question? Contact him here.Articles Connexes:

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