I’ve often said of new uniforms that “I’ll need to see them on the field (or diamond, court, ice) before I render a full judgment,” but that normal codicil probably wouldn’t apply to the Arizona Cardinals, who debuted their mono-red uniforms last evening against the Denver Broncos.
Seeing the uniforms on the field last evening confirmed my low assessment. I don’t often agree with Paul 100% on his thoughts about a uniform, but I’m pretty much in agreement with everything he said, and more.
Let’s look at some game shots:
First off, speaking only visually, teams who wear white helmets should NEVER go mono-dark below the neck. Dark helmets over all-white uniforms are fine, but it doesn’t work the other way. And while the Cardinals have a history of going white over mono-red, at least those uniforms had some splotches of color, even if it was black piping and white splotches. The new unis have none of that. But white-helmeted teams, with few exceptions, should almost always wear white pants below a dark shirt.
Then there’s that giant “ARIZONA” wordmark on the chest.
Assuming these are going to be the home uniforms, why say “Arizona” instead of “Cardinals”? As bad as their previous unis were, at least they said “Cardinals” in a relatively small font.
Then there’s the jersey back:
While I’m fine with the NOB and number fonts, the mono-white cardinal head logo looks out of place below the neckline (and is crying out for some black and yellow coloration), plus it also pushes the NOB too far down on the jersey.
If I have to say something good about this new uniform, then I will: at least they didn’t screw up the helmet. On its own, it’s one of the better helmets in the NFL. The new facemask (switching from gray to silver-gray) with a larger (and apparently metallic) bird head logo both look good.
I realize the Cardinals have nothing to do with scheduling, but the team’s first game (even if it’s preseason) came against the Broncos, who may have the second worst uniforms in the game. How sad is it that those almost 30-year old uniforms, in a template that was dated almost as soon as it was released, look better than the new Cardinals?
At the unveiling, there was hope the Cards would at least mix and match the white jersey or pants with the red — and they still may. The white uniform at least features some fairly classic striping (and is a much better looking uni than the mono red). Here’s hoping they’ll start pairing the red jersey with white pants at some point.
Most teams who have redesigned in the past five years or so have gone back to a more classic look. For some reason, the Falcons and Cardinals went in the opposite direction. Let’s hope the team comes to its senses and redesigns these as soon as the five year minimum (like the Jaguars, Buccaneers, and Browns all did).
I think we’re going to tire of seeing the bloodclot look very quickly.
You can see more game photos here, if you dare.