Throughout an look on former NFL participant Chris Lengthy’s “Inexperienced Mild” podcast on Tuesday, Atlanta Falcons head coach Arthur Smith revealed the crew is not going to put on its gradient alternate uniform throughout the 2023 season.
“Now we have to show (the schedule) in about this time of the 12 months, about what jersey you put on,” Smith stated. “Now they’ll allow you to put on the throwbacks thrice with the crimson helmets, so we’ll do this.
“Clearly you may management the house jersey, however you may’t management the away one. I do know this can be unlucky and folks can be upset about this, however we gained’t put on these crimson gradient jerseys this 12 months.”
The gradient alternate uniforms, which had been launched when the Falcons unveiled a brand new uniform set in 2020, shift from crimson to black on the jersey and are paired with Atlanta’s main helmet and black pants.
The Falcons have worn the gradient uniforms thrice since they had been unveiled, together with a loss to the Detroit Lions in 2020, a win over the New York Jets in London in 2021 and win over the Chicago Bears in 2022.
Atlanta has additionally worn a 1966 throwback uniform for not less than two video games in each season since 2016, though it was paired with a Nineteen Nineties-style black helmet till final season, when their crimson throwback helmet was revived.
This modification coincided with the NFL enjoyable its one-helmet rule, which led to 13 groups introducing a second helmet in 2022. The Falcons initially wore crimson helmets from their inception in 1966 till 1990.
As Smith talked about, the throwback uniforms can be worn thrice this season, matching the 2018-19 seasons in maxing out the variety of occasions an alternate or throwback uniform might be worn within the NFL every season.
It’s unclear at the moment which video games will characteristic the throwback uniforms, as Atlanta doesn’t sometimes announce its uniform schedule till the weeks main as much as the season.
The identical goes for the destiny of the gradient uniforms, which may make their return in 2024 or by no means see the sunshine of day once more. In the meantime, we’re nonetheless questioning what occurred to the crimson pants that had been additionally unveiled in 2020.