There have been a lot of mixed reviews on the Atlanta Falcons new uniform design. This guy doesn’t mind the new look but it won’t mean anything if the Falcons don’t produce on the field.
In sports, when a team debuts a new uniform, it’s kind of like a new beginning or a rebirth of sorts. This is probably the idea that the Falcons were trying to pass along. Unfortunately for them, the fans aren’t falling for it.
In 2003, when the Falcons made the first big change in uniforms in the franchise’s history, it was received a lot better than these. In 2003, they had an exciting young quarterback in Michael Vick who was a season removed from leading the team in the playoffs and becoming the first team to beat the Packers in Lambeau in the playoffs.
What did this team do before the uniform change? Nothing much just missed the playoffs again with a defense that was dead for the first half of the season and almost cost their head coach his job. That’s not the type of energy you want lingering around for a moment like this.
If the Atlanta Falcons had a successful season to go along with this jersey reveal, they might have gotten a better response from the people who care most, the fans. Until this team is able to consistently be successful, the unveiling of a new jersey won’t mean anything.
The Tampa Bay Bucs did it right. They got rid of the only quarterback that could have won defensive player of the year in Jameis Winston and brought in the greatest quarterback of all-time in Tom Brady. That created a buzz and then unveiled their new jersey. That’s how it’s supposed to work.
Maybe a new jersey was all this team needed especially since so many bad things happened while they donned the previous jerseys. The collapse in the Super Bowl, the collapse in the NFC Championship games against the Packers and 49ers, the no-show in the playoffs against the Giants and the injury to Vick in the preseason in 2003.
If they can get out of their own way, this could be the start of a new era in Atlanta Falcons football, until then this uniform won’t be anything but a new outfit.