Aug 18, 2014; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Nick Williams (13) celebrates with quarterback Colt McCoy (16) after scoring a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns in the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 24-23. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
I don’t necessarily dislike the aesthetics of the Washington uniform (those who know me know I’m partial to the maroon and gold palette), but there are few things in sports today as uncouth and reviled as non-endorsed use of Native American imagery.
I won’t relegate them to the very bottom of the list for this offense — that’s not the purpose of this post — but neither will I celebrate Washington’s lack of class and tact (if not blatant disrespect) in their choice of nickname, logo, and uniform.
27. Carolina Panthers
Aug 17, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart (28) celebrates after he scores a touchdown with linebacker Denicos Allen (55) and fullback Mike Tolbert (35) during the first half of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports
Like Jacksonville, the Carolina Panthers are stuck in a sort of “what was cool in 1995” design. The Panther logo was tweaked this season to modernize the look, but there’s still nothing exceptional about it. And with placement on the hip, shoulder, and helmet, it’s probably used too much on the uniform.
I’m also not a fan of the way the helmet stripe seems to thicken in the middle before turning out and fading out.
26. Tennessee Titans
Aug 15, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) throws against the New Orleans Saints during second quarter of a preseason game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
I mean Kevin Dyson, am I right?
The 1999 Tennessee Titans were a blast to watch in the playoffs. From the Music City Miracle in the Wild Card round to coming “One Yard Short” in the Super Bowl, that team had a flair for the dramatic. But that was 15 years ago and the uniform design stands largely unchanged.
I can’t put my finger on anything overly terrible about the uniform, but it could stand an update to freshen things up.
25. Arizona Cardinals
Aug 9, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals tight end John Carlson (89) against the Houston Texans during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
I think we’re well past the point where any of these uniforms are actively bad, but the Arizona Cardinals do have one that’s actively boring. It’s a simple, clean look — which is always better than over-designed — but there remains nothing compelling here. The cardinal logo is not interesting, the black piping outlines don’t add anything, and the gray of the face mask detracts from what otherwise could be a sleek white-on-white look.