Falcons president wants to see throwback Jerseys at new stadium in 2017

Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay doesn’t anticipate a new cheap jersey or logo change for the team when it moves into the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in 2017, but McKay would like to see the cheap throwback jerseys dusted off a couple of times a year.

McKay brought up the topic after the media toured the $1.5 billion venue Thursday.
“We’ve worn throwbacks for a number of years, (but) when we weren’t allowed to wear the red helmets (2013), then we have not worn throwbacks (since then),” McKay explained. “We’re going to go back and find ways and put our throwbacks on. As you’ve seen them potentially with the black helmet, we’re going to try and get that back in our routine.”

So does that mean the possibility of all-black jerseys?

“We haven’t decided yet,” McKay said. “We have many options. We can go black with white pants. We can do whatever. But we’ll go back and we’ll use the old logo. We like to celebrate history. And our players like it.”

McKay sees it as a positive way to appeal to the players and fans heading into the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

“Absolutely,” McKay said. “I love the old ’66 ones we wore with the red helmet. I thought that was a really cool look. But I think anytime you wear a throwback, it just brings back … you’ve got a lot of your fan base that you know, those were their teams. We want to honor those teams. One way to do it is to wear their cheap NFL jerseys. I like it. I like the concept.”

During the Falcons’ inaugural season in 1966, they wore black jerseys with white numbers and red trim at home with a white Falcon crest on the sleeves with the red helmets and white pants.

A new logo was introduced during the 2003 season. The all-black jerseys with the new logo were worn between 2003 and 2008. Then the red jerseys became the preferred home jerseys in 2004, while black became the third alternate jersey.

In 2009, the Falcons unveiled the throwback 1966 jerseys in Week 2 against Carolina in honor of franchise’s first team. They went 2-0 in those jerseys that season, defeating the Panthers (28-20) and Buccaneers (20-17) at the Georgia Dome.

Then in 2013, the NFL established a rule that required teams to wear the normal helmet along with the throwback jerseys, thus keeping the Falcons from wearing the throwback red helmet.

Colts will get to wear their color rush nfl jerseys this year

A few years ago the NFL began having teams wear different jerseys for Thursday night games, calling these “color rush” jerseys.

Those have been widely mocked and criticized, but they’ll be back for 2017. The Redskins had submitted a proposal for consideration at the NFL owners meetings this year that would allow teams to opt out of wearing the color rush jerseys, but that proposal was withdrawn. So, in other words, teams will be wearing those jerseys once again in 2017.

That means that the Colts will actually be wearing their color rush jerseys for the first time, and it will be during their Thursday night game at home against the Denver Broncos on December 14. The Colts didn’t wear their jerseys last year due to the fact that their Thursday game was on Thanksgiving, but they said at the time that they would don the jerseys in 2017.

Now, I should add a caveat that the NFL could always choose to change these jerseys and design new ones since there hasn’t been any official announcement about these jerseys for this upcoming season, but given the fact that the Colts haven’t worn theirs yet and that they said they would be wearing them in 2017, it seems like this will in fact be the uniform they wear this year on Thursday Night Football.

As far as Color Rush jerseys go, this actually isn’t too bad at all. The Colts will pair their customary home blue jerseys with blue pants, socks, and shoes, which is certainly a lot of blue but better than a number of other teams’ Color Rush jerseys.

What are your thoughts on these wholesale jerseys? Will you be looking forward to seeing the Colts wear them in 2017?

How Did NFL Rebrand Houston Texans Jerseys’ Look?

The Houston Texans are entering their 16th season in the NFL.  They are still looking at their first, THEIR FIRST, cheap Texans jerseys and logo design (unless you count adding the red jersey in year two of the team, which I don’t).  Even when the league forces them to add a new “Color Rush” jersey, they didn’t wear them. So for 16 years if you’ve tuned into the Houston Texans you’ve seen the same three jerseys, same three pants and same three socks in some combination on the field.

Before you say ‘they are trying to keep their jerseys consistent and in 30 year’s we’ll think they are classic, don’t change them. The great teams don’t change their jerseys’ just know you’re wrong. The Steelers, 49ers, Cowboys, and Patriots (most Super Bowl Wins in the NFL) have all made changes to their uniforms, logos, and style over the course of their history and even smaller aesthetic moves in recent years.

This offseason the Houston Texans did something we hadn’t seen them do since their inaugural season, draft a quarterback in the first round.  Now to do something they’ve never done, redesign their look. Their entire look. New logo. New wordmark. New secondary logo (yes the Texans actually have a secondary logo and it’s terrible). New uniforms. The whole shebang.

I spent some time debating if they should keep their primary logo. It took about two minutes to decide they should not. I get the logo. It’s a bull that has some elements of the Texas flag in it. But it’s just blah to me. I think it can be done better. One thing I am not changing for the Texans is their colors. The red white and blue with a team name like the Texans is a must.

I will try to explain my reasoning on this as best I can as I go through each part. I don’t expect everyone to love this. But I’m happy with the overall look of this new Texans design. (Please make your own or send suggestions to me @GarretHeinrich)

texans primary logo - texansThe bull stays, but get a more Greek look. I really looked for a place to put a star on the bull, but nothing seemed to fit or work for the overall look of the bull.  Shockingly I had a lot of trouble finding a way to make the eye look right.  I finally settled on the more abstract eye shape.  If I’m 100% honest with myself, this is my least favorite part of the new transition, but I still like it better than the current logo.  I tried a couple of other bulls before I landed on this.

I took the simple Dallas Texans (now Kansas City Chiefs) logo and modified it for this team.  I love this look. It’s simple and clean and screams Houston Texans.  Also a bit of a throwback to the team that used to have their name, since the team can’t do anything with real throwbacks to the Oilers, this is the next best thing.

WORDMARK:wordmark Time For The Houston Texans To Rebrand Their Look

 

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Something about this font (VanillaWhale) for the “TEXANS” I absolutely loved and felt like it has a “Texan” feel to it.  The larger ‘T’ and ‘S’ framed the name well and balanced the overall wordmark (thanks to my buddy Cole for the suggestion). The stars do not have a real meaning other than incorporating them into the logo somehow (this is a team named after the “Lone Star State”) and one star didn’t work, so I went with five. Seven was too many. Three too few.  “HOUSTON” is a bit simpler to counteract the dynamic “TEXANS” wordmark.  I think it fits well on the “EXAN” and is obviously needed.   I also think that with the primary logo having a predominately blue color, red needed to be the bigger focus for the wordmark so that the two can be used together.

Doesn’t that look nice together? Yup. But now, let’s forget the thing that will be featured on hats and shirts and sandals and even women’s high-heeled shoes.  Let’s get to what matters, the product on the field. I did three uniform variations.  I did not do a “Color Rush” uniform because I hate that idea.

HELMET:texans helmet Time For The Houston Texans To Rebrand Their Look

 

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I’ll address the biggest change first. The helmet. It’s now red.  Red is used on only one other helmet in the NFL since the bills moved back to a white helmet. Washington uses their burgundy, but I don’t really count that as red, so it’s only the Chiefs right now that have a red helmet.  We’re going with a bigger bull than typically you find on helmets (think Bucs big flag) that will wrap towards the back and touch the facemask.  The stripe on the helmet is a representation of the Texas flag. Nothing says Texas more than this state’s great flag.  It’s probably the second most recognizable flag in America.  Also the “Texans” wordmark on the nose bumper (thanks @UniWatch) at the top of the facemask.  My favorite thing is where the star falls on the helmet at the front.  Just looks really good in my mind.

Now to the uniform.  Starting, obviously, with the home blue jersey. With a classic throwback sleeve stripe instead of the modified horn point they have now.  “Texans” wordmark again across the chest which is fairly standard for NFL teams, unless you’re the Browns and want to have really ugly jerseys.  White numbers and red piping jumps off the dark blue jersey, so even though it toiled with using red numbers with blue and white piping on the numbers the white just made the most sense.  I am not a huge fan of a dark number on a dark jersey from a broadcasting standpoint, so we’ll save those for a future alternate maybe.  Numbers on the shoulders as well.

The pants are red with a matching stripe to the helmet of the Texas flag. Blue on red is the best look the Texans use now.  Needs to be their regular home look.   I actually did the pants stripe before adding it to the helmet and absolutely fell in love with the idea for the pants piping.  It might look a little gimmicky, but it’s hard to say the Texas flag doesn’t look good on the “Texans” football uniform.  Great marketing as well for the second most popular team in Texas to try and infiltrate some of those Cowboys counties in the State.  Texans love everything with their flag on it.

The socks mimic the sleeve stripes.  Socks are largely overlooked part of the NFL uniform.  While baseball and soccer have always embraced the socks as a full accent of the uniforms, football almost largely ignores them.  I think this is a good look for the home games.

HOME ALT:

texans home jersey white pants

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Same look as the home uniform, just switch out the pants for white and you have another look to wear at home.  The Texans wore white pants at home for every game except for their Deep Steel Blue game against the Chargers in 2016 so I wouldn’t be surprised if this were the look they would wear more.

ROAD:

texans road uniform

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This turned out to be my favorite uniform combination I came up with.  I really like the blue sleeves with the secondary logo on them along with the blue nameplate on the white jersey.  The NFL doesn’t use the alternate color nameplate much, it is seen a lot more in the NHL.

The red pants complete a good red/white/red look which would unique for the Texans.  They typically wear blue pants with their white uniforms.

The socks bring the blue back into the color scheme a bit and show off the secondary logo again.  The only thing loved as much as the Texas flag is Texans love for things with the outline of their state.

ALTERNATE:

texans 3rd jersey

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Of the current Texans jerseys, the red is my favorite.  They wear it once a year.  Luckily it’s been a while since they’ve worn them with red pants. This is a great look for their annual “Battle Red Day” near the end of the season.  Secondary logo on the shoulders becomes a unique look for this one-off jersey.  Texas flag also makes its first appearance on the socks. I would say the flag would wrap all the way around the sock, but I’d be fine with it just being on the outside.

ALTERNATE LOOKS:

The Texans have a tradition of wearing all three of their jerseys at home.  And I don’t mind their current style of three jerseys and three pants, interchange them as you wish. I think that should always be an option. If you start winning with one combination, don’t mess with it.  Here are some different ideas on how they could mix and match the looks I’ve created.

WHITE OUT:

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I’m on the record that I don’t like the unitard look, except white. White seems to be the only way to successfully do all the same color jersey, pants and socks.  This would be a good look for the team’s first home game where they do a “Liberty White Out” every single year.  There is enough color on the uniform that this doesn’t just look too clean.  And now that they play on turf, now worry about grass stains to dirty this up and make the equipment manager’s job a nightmare.

KETCHUP BOTTLE:

 

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This is too much red.  The Chiefs actually pull this off nicely but we’ll go ahead and let them be the only team in the NFL with this look.  I hate this and would hope they would never do it, but wouldn’t be surprised if it popped up once in a while.

DEEP STEEL BLUE

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Another gimmick jersey game the Texans do is their “Deep Blue Steel” game where they wear blue on blue.  I actually like the flip on the socks color and don’t mind the blue on blue look once in a while.  The red socks look a lot like the Red Sox style, but it breaks up all the blue.  They could wear this with white socks as well.  But not a bad look.

BATTLE RED, WHITE & BLUE

battle red option

Design by @GarretHeinrich

Like I said above the Texans typically wear their red jersey with white pants. 2016 was the first time we ever saw the team wear their red uniforms with the blue pants, so this seems like more of a possibility but isn’t nearly as good looking as the red on blue above. Wouldn’t hate these. Could put in the Texas state socks here too.

BATTLE RED SOCKS

texans 3rd jersey red socks

Design by @GarretHeinrich

I actually like the red socks more than the blue with the blue pants, but maybe it’s too much red with helmet, jersey, socks. I’m still up in the air on this look. Still really like red on blue jersey pant combination.

That is about all I came up with. I didn’t redesign the field or the cheer outfits, I’ll let the Texans figure that out. But I’m really happy with how this entire rebranding of the Houston Texans came out. It seems like the Texans are due for a rebrand. They need to do something, even if they are looking to just boost some merchandise sales. A rebrand can be very successful for a team that is still looked at like an expansion team with little to no success in the league despite winning four Division titles in the last six seasons.

I wanted to show the progression I made with the primary logo as I worked on it. Here are some places I landed before making changes and eventually landing on my final product.

That is the full process for the cheap nfl jerseys, the new rebrand for the Houston Texans. Please let me know your thoughts – Hit me up on Twitter @GarretHeinrich. If you like the designs, let the Texans know as well. #TexansRebrand