As the Falcons and Football dead zone reaches a zenith in the midst of summer, almost any topics related to the Falcons in some regard are on the table. Since there’s not much of anything going on with the Falcons or the NFL, it’s a good time to take a look at some peripheral items. One of the most spirited topics and debates is the Falcons uniform choices. Most fans seem to prefer the older looks as opposed to the “nouveau” type of unis that some describe as looking like the now defunct XFL or an Arena League team. Here’s a look at all the uniforms the Falcons have donned at some point in their franchise history.
Standard Home – Black Helmets / Red Uniforms / White Pants / Red Socks
This has become the regular home jersey the Falcons have adopted in recent memory. After playing around with various combinations, this is what they’ve settled on for the most part. The black helmet has the new Falcons logo with the normal red jersey. During the Vick and Mora Jr. years, the Falcons mostly wore the black paints with it, but the white pants now seem to be what’s worn most. Many fans seemingly aren’t the happiest with this as the main uniform choice and would prefer something else.
Alternate Home – Red Helmets (old logo) / Retro Black Jerseys / White Pants / Stripe Socks
Fans are delighted when the Falcons don these jerseys at home. They usually wear these anywhere between 2 and 3 times per year at home. They usually only break them out for bigger games, especially NFC South rival ones. These are what most fans prefer as the permanent home jerseys or at least have them more often. Many fans feel the old school Falcons logo is classic and just way cooler than the newer one. The team always seem to play better when they wear them and fans sound way more into the game as well. Not sure on the exact record of the Falcons in the throwbacks, but it has to be pretty darn high. Perhaps Flowery Branch feels that it would lose it special nature if they overplayed it. The majority fans would probably disagree.
Standard Away – Black Helmets / White Jersey / White Pants / Black Socks
Although this is fairly common across the league, the white on white combination comes off as so dull and boring to many fans. The difference pieces themselves aren’t bad, but it’s nothing to get very excited over. They do mix it up occasionally and don the black pants and some feel that it’s a much better look than the pale and lifeless all-white.
Alternate Away – Black Helmets / White Jerseys / Black Pants / Black Pants
As mentioned above, they don’t break these out much and the change is pretty small, but the color of black pants adds a nice touch to the otherwise bland all-white uniforms.
The 2000’s brought some interesting combinations to the Falcons uniforms, where they started mixing and matching various parts of the newer uniforms and provided variety if nothing else.
Home – Black Helmets / Black Jersey / Black Pants / Black Socks
The “all-black” look was a popular one with during the Jim Mora Jr. reign, but not as much recently. There have been a few times that the Falcons have worn all black uniforms and they’re pretty neat to see every once in awhile, but when there’s other options available, it’s not one of the top ones in the rotation.
Home – Black Helmets / Red Jersey / Black Pants
This was the standard home uniform during the early 2000’s. It’s essentially the same as the current default home uni, just that the black pants replace the white pants. Fans are pretty split on this one. Some like it better, while others prefer the white pants that the Falcons currently wear.
Home – Red Helmets (old logo) / Red Uniforms / White Pants / Striped Socks
Fans from the beginning will remember these uniforms and think about Steve Bartkowski and the 1980 team and many more. It’s been awhile since the Falcons strapped on these uniforms. They look pretty sharp and it would be really cool to see these broken out again. Some would like to see more of the retro return (both the home black and red) and less of the new look uniforms. Fans are starting to buy more and more throwback jerseys and the reintroduction of the retro red would be super cool, according to most. The away version is essentially the same, just replacing the red jerseys with the white jerseys on the road. One more variation on this look is to put on grey pants with the red helmet and red jersey instead of the white ones.
Home – Black Helmets (old logo) / Black Jerseys / Grey Pants / Black Socks
The Jerry Glanville days saw the introduction of the “back in black” look on the helmets. They kept the black Falcons logo the same and just colored the helmet black instead of red. They took away the white pants and put in grey in it’s place. Most fans look back fondly on the “back in black” years, if not ahead of the traditional retros. But given the choice, many would take that over the newer looks.
Any Other Looks?
It seems as though pretty much every combination has been tried at some point or another, but as the Seattle Seahawks have shown, there’s always new colors and combinations to try.
This is your chance to talk everything uniforms or anything else that comes to your mind.
Rank all the uniforms from favorite to least
What is your absolute favorite uniform?
What is the uniform that makes you want to hurl?
What should be the standard home and away, and the main alternates?