Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

19 Apr 2018

Jaguars, Dolphins Unveil New Uniforms

It's Schedule Release Day across the NFL, but apparently it's fashion runway day in the state of Florida. The Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins have both released new uniforms for the 2018 season. Ironically, both sets of new uniforms have a decidedly throwback feel.

We'll begin in Jacksonville, where the removal of the horrible two-tone helmet -- one of the worst atrocities to ever hit a football field -- have been replaced by an all-black helmet. That already makes these a huge improvement. The helmets will have a high-gloss finish, a rarity in an age when most teams are going with matte or metallic helmets.

Beyond that, the uniforms are very plain, a stark contrast from the shoulder patches and stripes the Jaguars have worn in recent seasons. There are teal, black, and white jerseys, with minimal decoration around the cuffs and collars. And there are teal, black, and white pants, which seem to be devoid of any stripes or piping save for the NFL and Nike logos. It remains to be seen how these will be mixed and matched, but it appears that the teal jersey will be the standard at home, the white jersey the standard on the road, with black pants for both.

In Miami, the changes are more subtle. The white helmets and teal jerseys remain in place. The changes are all in the trim. Dark blue has been removed from the uniform entirely, with a heavier use of orange trim taking its place -- and that orange is a touch darker than it has been in recent seasons.

Posted by: Vincent Verhei on 19 Apr 2018

21 comments, Last at 22 Apr 2018, 10:46am by Shattenjager


by Dave Bernreuther :: Thu, 04/19/2018 - 3:58pm

Both are huge improvements. Tampa, you're on the clock. (Get it, cause their numbers look like they're from a clock radio? Ha!)

I feel like the Jags could've put trim on the numbers instead of just being flat white... or even just gone directly back to the Garrard-era uniforms without it offending anyone. But in their case, plain is an upgrade.

by Vincent Verhei :: Thu, 04/19/2018 - 4:21pm

I agree. I don't actually LIKE these Jacksonville uniforms -- I think all uniform numbers should have some kind of border, and the pants could use SOME decor -- but the old ones were so ugly that these are much, much better.

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano :: Thu, 04/19/2018 - 4:47pm

As someone who thinks simpler is better (I've always liked the Colt's unis, for instance), I think the Jags took the concept of "simple" too far. The new unis look like practice uniforms. They're going to show up for game day looking like they're ready for a particularly spirited session of OTA's.

Going back to the Mark Brunnell/Jimmy Smith era uniforms would have been better, but like you guys said, this is still a huge improvement over the previous war crime of a uniform. Speaking of which, I think they lost a huge opportunity by going back to the glossy black helmets. I thought the matte black was the only good part of the previous uniform. A single-color black matte helmet would have looked sharp.

by Vincent Verhei :: Thu, 04/19/2018 - 9:03pm

When the Giants opened the season after they won the Super Bowl, some of their injured or former players were on TV before the game, and I couldn't believe the NFL was so cheap that they couldn't even get those guys official jerseys for the show. Then a minute passed and I realized they WERE wearing the official jerseys, they just look like off-the-rack, bargain-bin crap.

I get the same vibe from these Jacksonville uniforms.

by Bright Blue Shorts :: Fri, 04/20/2018 - 5:47am

Do you think this is Tom Coughlin's influence? Focus on the basics with no frills.

by Vincent Verhei :: Fri, 04/20/2018 - 4:08pm

I hadn't thought of that. It's weird but it makes some sense.

by Theo :: Fri, 04/20/2018 - 8:15am

In London you can see all jerseys through each other when there's a game there.
You have to squint hard to see the difference between the colts and giants jerseys. They are basic and good football jerseys but not really nice to look at.

by MilkmanDanimal :: Thu, 04/19/2018 - 7:13pm

The Jags original uniforms are like the Bucs scarlet and pewter digs; they were basically perfect as-is, and there was no need to ever change them. Particularly to what they changed them to.

My take is the Bucs uniforms are so horrible they drove everyone else back from the brink and now we've got better uniforms for the Titans and Jaguars, and Color Rush is gone. WE TOOK THE BULLET FOR EVERYONE.

A couple draft picks in thanks would be greatly appreciated.

by Bright Blue Shorts :: Thu, 04/19/2018 - 4:25pm

That Dolphins website is phenomenally overengineered and therefore almost useless at showing some simple changes between their old and new uniforms. My Windows10 laptop and home broadband struggled to cope with all that auto-playing video crap and rollovers etc, etc.

The Jags meanwhile with a series of simple photos had the right idea.

Please, please, please consider this when FO finally gets updated. Less is more!

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano :: Thu, 04/19/2018 - 4:40pm

"That Dolphins website is phenomenally overengineered..."

So, similar to their roster construction philosophy?

by Dave Bernreuther :: Fri, 04/20/2018 - 4:44pm

I can assure you that that is 100% the plan. It's going to look as similar as possible to now, albeit wider and with larger pictures. It's also going to, you know, work.

But no, none of that autoplay crap.

by The Ninjalectual :: Fri, 04/20/2018 - 10:40pm

You don't understand, you have to appreciate Dolphins history at their pace to prove you're loyal first.

by Bryan Knowles :: Thu, 04/19/2018 - 5:02pm

Jaguars: Too generic. While the two-tone gold helmets were a disaster, adding gold to the uniform's color scheme was a good choice, and they've backtracked from it. It is a step up, and the uniforms aren't BAD (especially the helmet, thank you VERY much Jacksonville), but it feels like a missed opportunity.

Dolphins: The darker orange is a big improvement. Less creamsicle, more 'pop'. That's the kind of subtle change that can have a significant impact on the whole look. For example, the numbers now look like they're actually intentionally outlined in a color rather than a color bleed from a bad silk screen or something!

by justanothersteve :: Thu, 04/19/2018 - 9:45pm

I like the new Dolphins unis. The Jags have gone from yuck to meh, so it's an improvement.

by Raiderjoe :: Thu, 04/19/2018 - 10:48pm

jaguars went form oen of best numeral fonts ever seen to veryk boring uniforms. unfroms worn in 2017 had a lto of stuff going on btu those numerbvs were tremendous.

by Shylo :: Fri, 04/20/2018 - 7:16am

The Titans definitely won here.

Jacksonville's aren't bad but they're boring. These remind me of their 2011 uniforms, but less mid-major and more boring. Jacksonville never should have changed from their 1997 uniforms.

Dolphins aren't bad, but I'm not sure what they changed.

by Bryan Knowles :: Fri, 04/20/2018 - 4:18pm

It's very subtle, which in and of itself is a bit weird in these days of massive overhauls and effusive Nike praise.

They basically made their orange darker and removed the blue outline from the numbers, stripes, etc, so it just goes white-orange instead of white-blue-tangerine. The result is a crisper and cleaner look -- at least, in my opinion.

A couple good comparison photos:


by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Fri, 04/20/2018 - 3:25pm

Am I the only one who liked the old ombre Jaguars helmet?

by Raiderjoe :: Fri, 04/20/2018 - 4:00pm

I had no problem with half gold, hfla black helmet

by The Ninjalectual :: Fri, 04/20/2018 - 10:29pm

Yes. What RJ said is distinctly different than liking it.

by Shattenjager :: Sun, 04/22/2018 - 10:46am

I did, too. But apparently there weren't many of us.