Ranking the Redskins' alternate uniforms
6) Late 1960s throwback uniforms
Let's start out with the positive: these helmets are brilliant. The single spear on both sides was arguably the highlight of the Steve Spurrier era, which is when the Redskins last donned these. But from the neck down, the rest of the uniform doesn't work nearly as well. The lack of trim on the numbers was a mistake, and the gold on the shoulder pads feels a little too Grey Poupon-y. Bringing back the spear is worth exploring, sure, but the rest of this design is best left in 2002.
5) 1930s throwbacks without faux leather helmets
Because of some strange NFL regulation that was recently installed, the Redskins have been forced to wear their normal helmet with these 1930s throwbacks during their past few Homecoming Games. This Sunday against the Vikings, though, the 'Skins will trot out in never before seen headpieces, so they've apparently figured out a workaround for that rule. But it's that same rule that doomed this uniform, as the colors ended up clashing severely. In fact, in this photo, it's almost as if someone Photoshopped Pierre Garçon's head onto another player's body. That's not ideal.
4) 1930s throwbacks with faux leather helmets
This is a better effort from Washington. The faux leather helmet drew extreme reactions — some were positive and some were negative, with rarely anything in between — but they were an innovative idea and ended up matching much better with the old jerseys. It's not an all-timer, but it's certainly a solid entry into the book of throwback uni's.
3) All-burgundy uniforms
Detractors will say there's too much burgundy here, but those detractors are wrong. Looking back on it now, the Redskins aced this risky look. This isn't techincally a Color Rush uniform (it was brought out in 2008, so it preceded the Color Rush idea by almost a decade), but if it were, it'd be one of the best in the league. It's eye catching, unique, and should be considered for a revival in the future, perhaps to be used for special matchups.
2) All-white uniforms
So simple, yet so strong. These white-on-whites were worn intermittently in the mid to late-2000s, during the days of Clinton Portis, Sean Taylor and Santana Moss, and were a part of some very memorable moments and winning streaks. There have been some recent reports that current players have clamored to rock these again, but as of now, they remain on the shelf. If they are ever dusted off, however, prepare for the massive wave of nostalgia that'll come with them. Nothing fancy about this uniform; it's just a sharp, clean combo.
1) 1970-71 throwback uniforms
This throwback lands at No. 1 because, well, it's absolutely flawless. That retro logo is terrific, as are the yellow helmets, single red stripe and gray facemasks. The striping on the shoulder pad, meanwhile, looks nice, and the red numbers set on top of the pristine white jersey completes it all. It's almost a crime that these uniforms haven't seen the light of an NFL Sunday since 2007.