The first wave of NFL free agency is in the books and the NFL Draft is still a couple of weeks away, meaning there is some downtime in the league's offseason right now.
There's even more time now in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic with stay-at-home orders in almost every city in the United States.
So earlier this week, two NFC South teams took advantage of the unexpected free time and released updated uniform designs. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released three different uniforms on Tuesday that were a little bit of a throwback style, similar to the uniforms the squad wore in the early 2000s. A day later, the Atlanta Falcons released a completely new arsenal of jerseys and they were quite controversial. Even another NFC South opponent took the opportunity to troll the new Falcons design on Twitter.
The Redskins have made minor alterations to their uniforms over the years, but they've had the same basic design since 1983. So, is it time for the Burgundy and Gold to join the recent trend and give the fans a new design?
Honestly, there's no better time to make a change.
The team is entering a new era of Redskins football. Longtime team president Bruce Allen has been ousted, along with head athletic trainer Larry Hess. The team has brought in well-respected head coach Ron Rivera to turn the culture around in Ashburn, and there's more optimism surrounding Redskins Park than there has been in years. Heck, even the team's official Twitter account reads "new vibe. new szn. new rivERA."
If the Redskins were to release new uniforms, they have two options: rebrand an old uniform (there are several good ones to choose from), or completely make a new design. Let's start with the first option.
Over the past decade, the Redskins have sported four regular uniform combinations: Burgundy jersey with gold pants; burgundy jersey with white pants; white jersey with burgundy pants; and white jersey with gold pants.
The team has shied away from a burgundy-on-burgundy or a white-on-white look, arguably the two cleanest uniform combinations the Redskins currently have. Bringing these back would be a super easy, yet worthwhile change.
The one-color uniform was worn often by the Redskins during the 2000s, as some of the team's best memories with Clinton Portis, Santana Moss and Sean Taylor came in the white-on-whites. Multiple current Redskins still love the white-on-white design and sported the look at practice at times last season.
But if Washington was to alter the uniform design slightly, it wouldn't have to look far to find an easy solution. Some of the Redskins throwback uniforms could easily be modernized, and as a result, be turned into one of the cleanest looks in football.
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The helmet is one of the easiest things that could be upgraded, and the Redskins have two options they could turn to.
During the 1960s, the Redskins wore a spear on the side of their helmet. It was fierce, intimidating and clean. The spear is one of the Redskins' best helmets in franchise history. The spear was last donned during the Steve Spurrier era, but only as an alternate.
The other helmet the Redskins could revert back to would be the classic 'R' logo, inspired by Vince Lombardi. The Redskins wore this helmet for just two seasons in the early 1970s, but it certainly made its mark on the fans. It has also been used as a Redskins alternate uniform but not on a game day since 2007.
This uniform as a whole deserves to be modernized and brought back. The 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 complete it all.
Of course, the team could also release a completely new design that no Redskins fan has seen before. With the burgundy, gold and white color scheme, the Redskins certainly would have options with a new design.
But if the Redskins were to learn one thing from recent uniform releases, avoid gradient color meshes. It doesn't look good. If you don't believe me, just ask the Falcons or Jaguars.
Deion Sanders once said, "If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you play good. If you play good, they pay good."
Well, maybe it's time for the Redskins to listen to Primetime.
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