This week’s Washington Redskins opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles, are the outlier of the NFC East on several fronts:
The Eagles stadium, Lincoln Financial Field, is actually in the city the team represents. This, is a good thing and I hope that the Redskins move back to the District of Columbia someday, but they are currently in Landover (nee Raljon) Maryland while Dallas Cowboys play in Arlington, Tex. and the New York Football Giants play in East Rutherford, N.J.
The Eagles have never won a Super Bowl and its 2 NFL championships were all the way back in 1960 and 1948. The Redskins won titles in 1937 and 1942, as well as Super Bowls XVII, XXII, XXVI. The New York Football Giants won several titles as well as Super Bowls XXI, XXV and XL. The Dallas Cowboys won Super Bowls VI, XII, XXVII, XXVIII and XXX.
The Eagles have terrible uniforms, the rest of the division basically wears classic uniforms that look pretty much like they did in the 60s and/or 70s. Around 1996 or so, the Eagles ditched their classic kelly green and silver uniforms for “midnight green” and black.
Here is how I’d fix them:
Kelly green replaces midnight green
Midnight green is stupid and may actually be blue. Kelly green is timeless and distinctive.
Silver is promoted to secondary color
The Eagles had a lot of silver in previous uniforms. I added it to the sleeves and collars on home and away. The pants look a lot like the mid-1990s pants, but there is black border on both sides of the green stripes.
Black is demoted to trim
Black started creeping into the Eagles uniforms in the 1980s. It was fine as trim, but as a secondary color, it reeked as black for black’s sake, an unfortunate trend from the 90s.
Current helmet wings and sleeve logo are retained
The wings on the helmet and eagle head on the sleeve are pretty good designs, so I kept them. The black facemask is retained as it complements the wings and logo.
This is the NFC East, not some sunbelt division (or oddly enough, the AFC North), so block numbers are returned. There is a silver lining inside the black outline.
Since nobody wears their pants or socks correctly anymore, I figured the white socks with the green stripes with black trim would look better than solid green when players go with leotard look.
So, there you have it, a modern looking uniform with classic features. I am certain that Eagles fans will happily embrace a Washingtonian telling them how their football team should dress. Why do I even care? I have to watch the Eagles at least twice a year and I saw a fair share of midnight green when I was at Penn State — it is an awful color for a NFC East team.
Here is a clip of an early 1990s Redskins vs. Eagles game (as covered by Channel 4 in the UK!) which aside from the white shoes, looked great: