Atlanta Falcons: Nike didn’t redesign uniform

The Atlanta Falcons' new Nike uniform on display in New York on Tuesday. (Associated Press)

The Atlanta Falcons' new Nike uniform on display in New York on Tuesday. (Associated Press)

The Falcons did not receive a redesign from Nike, which released their line of NFL jerseys today in New York.

Here’s a look at the jersey on the Nike home page. There’s no combat Falcons jersey.

Here’s the UGA combat gear that riled up the Bulldog Nation.

The only noticeable change in the Falcons uniform is the Nike swoosh on the shoulder. However, Seattle received a total makeover.

“I like the jerseys!,” linebacker Sean Weatherspoon tweeted. “The material is the key, the reebok jerseys held too much sweat…. New jerseys look sleek.”

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was at the launch.

“You can put innovation into the uniform without changing the look,” Goodell said in a statement. “Some teams will want to push the envelope a little bit from a looks standpoint, and that’s fine. We want them to do that if they do it along with the fans, which they will.”

The league will maintain its dress code.

“The only uniformity we want is actually in the way the uniform is worn, not in the look,” Goodell said. “We think that part of being professional as a league is having a uniform code. We get some criticism from that, but it is really part of looking professional.”

The league was careful not to stomp on some of its traditional uniforms, while still trying to be innovative. Reebok produced the official NFL merchandise for the past 10 years.

“There are a few ways you do that,” Goodell said. “I think you saw it in the uniforms today. Some of those uniforms from a looks standpoint didn’t change, but they incorporated innovation within the performance aspect of them. You can see it in the materials. They are lighter.

“They have temperature control aspects to it. The performance is so important for the athletes. What we have tried to do is innovate. Even if the look doesn’t change, there is innovation. But we will see changes. You saw it with the Seahawks. There will be more to come.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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Ball hawk

April 3rd, 2012
7:10 pm

I’m down with it.

New Uniforms...

April 3rd, 2012
7:11 pm

First for me… looks nice

Philip Minutillo

April 3rd, 2012
7:13 pm

My guess we had no more money in the salary cap to Dazzle them up. Same uniforms just a Nike logo. Guess this is still a process lol. FIRST

txdawg

April 3rd, 2012
7:13 pm

no changes. all good. it’s about playing, not fashion

Philip Minutillo

April 3rd, 2012
7:14 pm

Enter your comments here

Kane337

April 3rd, 2012
7:17 pm

Please change the Falcons jerseys and pants to be more traditional. They really need an upgrade. Do not mess with the helmet color and logo.

Hey...

April 3rd, 2012
7:44 pm

It’s Black Matt Ryan!

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North GA Dawg

April 3rd, 2012
7:47 pm

Personally, I like the uniforms. They look good.

khaos

April 3rd, 2012
8:09 pm

Fire Smitty and Dimitroff

Former Season Ticket Holder

April 3rd, 2012
8:10 pm

Very disappointed on various fronts. First, A complete lack of action from the front office in free-agency. And now, we see no new uniform concept. We are stuck with the Arena football jerseys that I freaking hate. I love the throwbacks we wear. The new bird is ok, but, I would like to see the helmet in red. Talk about a missed opportunity. Another reason why I am glad I gave up my tickets. I love my team, but man…They have forced me to shake and scratch my head recently.

No Help on the o-line/D-line
No Help in the secondary
Limited Draft Pick….I like Julio though…but we just gave up so much.

vanomania

April 3rd, 2012
8:22 pm

it’d give us a better idea of what players would look like without the thigh padding. hardly any pros wear them.

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Matt Ryan is too skinny..hit the weights boy!

April 3rd, 2012
9:13 pm

I was hoping they would do a little more. The Falcons have been middle of the pack in their uniforms forever and they definitely need to return to the red helmets. Not saying they needed to go all Oregon Ducks on us but a little modern tweaking would have been nice. Much like their offensive schemes, they stayed boring.

Rick Case

April 3rd, 2012
9:22 pm

I was SOOOOOO Hoping that they’d go back to that 1980 uni….Red Helmet…Silver pants….ORIGINAL LOGO

gadawg89

April 3rd, 2012
9:31 pm

AAs a UGA student I can tell you that the pro combat gear did not “rile up the bulldog nation”. Every single student protested that we never wear these uniforms again. I am glad that the talking stayed away from the terribleness that Nike calls fashion.

Silver britches for life

PMC

April 3rd, 2012
9:33 pm

With all due respect to Nike, I’m sure these are fine jerseys. They make really nice stuff.

WTF are we doing???? Saints get HAWTHORNE TOO. They have made HUGE changes to the defense this off season. I know they don’t have picks, but they get 25 year old Lofton, Brodrick Bunkley, now Hawthorne…

What are we doing to improve? If you say coordinators you’re off the island.

This team was barely a playoff team last year. The depth is no better. The starters are no better.

What have we done to improve today?

PMC

April 3rd, 2012
9:34 pm

It really doesn’t matter what clothing the left tackle is wearing when the DE is walking on his face to the QB.

kerryb

April 3rd, 2012
9:45 pm

I think the Falcons throw back uniform with the red helmet looks better than the newer look. The newer Falcon logo looks too big for the helmet.

SeaHag

April 3rd, 2012
10:26 pm

Same old stuff. This team needs to think about breaking tradition because tradition hasn’t been good to this team.

Kyle

April 3rd, 2012
10:33 pm

The Falcons need to take the throw back red helmets with the original logo and black jerseys as their home uniform. That is the sharpest looking uniform I’ve seen but granted we do need to sign players worth having to wear them and not think that different coaches with the same players is going to make much of a difference at all. I will save my money once again this year and not buy season tickets and I’m sure come late December / early January I’ll be glad I did.

A.S.

April 3rd, 2012
10:37 pm

DOL, why the heck are the Saints jerseys the vocal point of the picture on the home page of AJC.com? This is Atlanta and we are focusing on the Saints more than the home team the Falcons!?!?!? Pathetic, AJC needs to review these things before the publish them. Who allowed this picture to be published?

Ed

April 3rd, 2012
10:44 pm

Whomever took this photo, should be fired from AJC..this is a FALCONS town, not a SAINTS town..Why the h@ll is the aints uniform pictured???NO DAYUM RESPECT WHATSOEVER…

todd

April 3rd, 2012
10:45 pm

they should have let nike do the uniforms. the pro combat jerseys they mocked up with red helmet, black jersey, and red pants is just to die for in my opinion…in all seriousness, they are badass. check them out- http://uniformsleuth.com/nfl/possible-atlanta-falcons-nike-uniforms/

A.S.

April 3rd, 2012
10:47 pm

Thanks Ed, I thought I was only Falcons fan in this city for a moment… (sigh) Seriously though, who approved that picture? How are we overlooked in our own paper? It will be very hard for me to regain respect for the AJC after this. I check AJC.com frequently and would have to say I’ve never been this disrespected by our own paper.

zgoldatl

April 3rd, 2012
11:01 pm

Former season tix holder- good riddance

Lifelong Falcons Fan

April 3rd, 2012
11:07 pm

The uniforms at The Varsity look better.

Thanks for ruining Falcons Football, Blank.

falcon nut

April 3rd, 2012
11:08 pm

Simply put about the reason for the Saints getting that phot shot….it’s the AJC. This paper pees on itself anytime a UGA player, dog, coach, pees. The key to the season is how the schedule comes out. If we can get the Redskins, Cowboys, an AFC West team or two and the Cardinals in the first 6 games we’ll do fine. 10-6.

And another thing about the uni’s thank God Jennifer whatsername isn’t running this artice or she would’ve call the Aints jersey the Falcons jersey.

OH, hey DOL…..I just heard Richt has an upset stomach. Call your bosses, breaking news!!!

Chuck

April 3rd, 2012
11:08 pm

I want Jerry Glanville’s black helmets GONE once and for all! They look so good in the throwback jerseys, they should adopt those, or something very similar ASAP! Real mean wear RED helmets!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 3rd, 2012
11:22 pm

falcon nut – My boss is at The Masters. But I’ll try to get him a message aobut he Richt’s upset stomach. Thanks for the news tip!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 3rd, 2012
11:23 pm

zgoldatl – Give up your tickets over uniforms? You strong supporter!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 3rd, 2012
11:23 pm

A.S. — You’re tripping.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 3rd, 2012
11:24 pm

ED — It’s a New York AP photo. Sure they were just trying to tick you off.

Lifelong Falcons Fan

April 3rd, 2012
11:25 pm

Remember back when NIKE products stood for Quality?

Sid

April 3rd, 2012
11:25 pm

Bobby Petrino hurt in a motorcycle accident………….I hate to hear that.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 3rd, 2012
11:25 pm

PMC — His name is M-I-K-E N-O-L-A-N!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 3rd, 2012
11:28 pm

I was hoping for the all-blacks with the red helmet. That would have been hot!!!

Nike = Reebok

April 3rd, 2012
11:32 pm

The new uniforms STINK because they look like last years. I won’t buy any new Falcons garb because it looks stupid. I agree that the old all black with the red (OLD) helmet is the best look. I’ll be looking forward to when they change these stupid uniforms.

Windu

April 3rd, 2012
11:33 pm

The roller derby jerseys survive intact. A metaphor for Blank overhauling the team 6 years ago, but standing pat while the rest of the league evolves.

PS

April 3rd, 2012
11:59 pm

The old throwback uniforms and logos are UGLY!!
I HATE that so many people like those god awful things now. Nobody liked those things back then…..and now you like them??……… Nostalgic IDIOTS!!

I hated those old uniforms back in the day and was so happy that Arthur Blank changed them.

And to the guy that gave up his season tix because of a uniform change: You are a piece of SH!T Fan and is exactly what is wrong with the ATL fanbase. You should support for your team regardless of the uniforms.
I still root for them (in the Dome) when they wear throwbacks.

ramblinwreck80

April 4th, 2012
12:21 am

BLACK or RED pants would look much better!

Fats

April 4th, 2012
12:31 am

Paint feathers on the side of the Falcons helmets next year.

todd

April 4th, 2012
12:31 am

you guys actually think the mismatched black shirts with white pants and red helmets look good? they look like 3 different uniforms put together. theres a reason why it was replaced in the 70’s. they are UGLY. not only that, their BORING. yes! bring back the glory days of the Atlanta Falcons when they never had a winning season. what a great idea! seriously, these uniforms are wretched. they were designed in the 1960’s for christs sake. lets go with something new. black and white… what a cool combination! we can all throw away our 50″ flat screen tvs now and go with 12″ black and white tv’s since the falcons are no longer in color. IDIOTS wouldn’t know what looked good if it bit you. RED HELMET, BLACK SHIRT, RED PANTS. by the way, the best road uniforms they have ever worn were the black pants with white shirts…

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PMC

April 4th, 2012
1:11 am

See that’s the thing, I know Mike Nolan can coach, but what bullets is he going to have in the gun?

Pressure Much?

JSS

April 4th, 2012
1:56 am

Uniforms are gimmicks… And those throwbacks to when only their Mommas love them, and she may have been jiving them too look was not a good look!

JSS

April 4th, 2012
5:26 am

Uniforms are gimmicks… And those throwbacks to when only their Mommas loved them, and she may have been jiving them too look was not a good look! Homage to the (B.B.) King!

P B Orr

April 4th, 2012
6:26 am

Where are the cheerleaders?

David

April 4th, 2012
7:29 am

The old Falcon logo & unis looked better.