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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where the removal of the horrible two-tone helmet -- one of the worst atrocities to ever hit a football field -- have been replaced by an all-black helmet.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.

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

1 Re: Jaguars, Dolphins Unveil New Uniforms

by Dave Bernreuther // Apr 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.

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2 Re: Jaguars, Dolphins Unveil New Uniforms

by Vincent Verhei // Apr 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.

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5 Re: Jaguars, Dolphins Unveil New Uniforms

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano // Apr 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.

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8 Re: Jaguars, Dolphins Unveil New Uniforms

by Vincent Verhei // Apr 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.

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11 Re: Jaguars, Dolphins Unveil New Uniforms

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

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

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16 Re: Jaguars, Dolphins Unveil New Uniforms

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

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

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13 Re: Jaguars, Dolphins Unveil New Uniforms

by Theo // Apr 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.

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7 Re: Jaguars, Dolphins Unveil New Uniforms

by MilkmanDanimal // Apr 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.

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3 Re: Jaguars, Dolphins Unveil New Uniforms

by Bright Blue Shorts // Apr 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!

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4 Re: Jaguars, Dolphins Unveil New Uniforms

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano // Apr 19, 2018 - 4:40pm

"That Dolphins website is phenomenally overengineered..."

So, similar to their roster construction philosophy?

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18 Re: Jaguars, Dolphins Unveil New Uniforms

by Dave Bernreuther // Apr 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.

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20 Re: Jaguars, Dolphins Unveil New Uniforms

by Mountain Time ---- formerly Ninjalectual // Apr 20, 2018 - 10:40pm

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

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6 Re: Jaguars, Dolphins Unveil New Uniforms

by Bryan Knowles // Apr 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!

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9 Re: Jaguars, Dolphins Unveil New Uniforms

by justanothersteve // Apr 19, 2018 - 9:45pm

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

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10 Re: Jaguars, Dolphins Unveil New Uniforms

by Raiderjoe // Apr 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.

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12 Re: Jaguars, Dolphins Unveil New Uniforms

by Shylo // Apr 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.

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17 Re: Jaguars, Dolphins Unveil New Uniforms

by Bryan Knowles // Apr 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:

https://twitter.com/UniWatch/status/987002169869168640
https://twitter.com/UniWatch/status/987001048161308672

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14 Re: Jaguars, Dolphins Unveil New Uniforms

by Aaron Brooks Good Twin // Apr 20, 2018 - 3:25pm

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

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15 Re: Jaguars, Dolphins Unveil New Uniforms

by Raiderjoe // Apr 20, 2018 - 4:00pm

I had no problem with half gold, hfla black helmet

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19 Re: Jaguars, Dolphins Unveil New Uniforms

by Mountain Time ---- formerly Ninjalectual // Apr 20, 2018 - 10:29pm

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

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21 Re: Jaguars, Dolphins Unveil New Uniforms

by Shattenjager // Apr 22, 2018 - 10:46am

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

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