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.
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