The New York Jets helmet received a makeover and man, is this one a dandy.
While reviews of the team’s entire uniform change have been mixed, this one takes Jets fans back to the 1978-1997 era, or an updated version of the team’s look from back in the day.
As you can see in the photo above, gone are the white helmet shells and the helmet decal has removed the outer oval and ‘NY’ wordmark.
While my preferred helmet decal of the old futuristic ‘Jets’ typescript didn’t make a return, a version of the ‘Jets’ script has, and I’m happy with that.
Like the 1990s, black returns to the team’s color palette. Typically, I’m not a fan of such a look, however the Jets were one of the first, if not the first NFL team to add black accents to their uniforms before it became a “cool” thing to do in the late-1990s and early-2000s, when the team ironically went in another direction and eliminated the color prior to Bill Parcells taking the head coaching gig in 1998.
Gone is the hunter green and rightfully so, which I have never been a fan of.
Gone are what I called the ‘cheap knockoffs’ of the team’s kelly green and white look the team donned when they won Super Bowl III in the 1968 season. Gone is the annoying oval logo, which contrasted deeply from the football-shaped oval of those same 1960s to 1977 uniforms.
Where Does the Helmet Rank?
Last season, I did a thirty-two team helmet ranking which will be updated now that we have a new look in the mix.
The Jets ranked 23rd in that ranking and in Tier III; not very high by any means.
Where would they rank here?
I’m honestly unsure at the moment, as my taste in helmets has changed since I last conducted my rankings. Some teams have risen with such tastes while other teams will fall.
Every five years after a team debuts a new look, they are eligible for a uniform redesign.
Modern trends state this might definitely be the case with the Jets, since the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars followed such a trend. The Minnesota Vikings discarded their old eyesores after seven seasons, and the Cleveland Browns are slated to return to a “nothing fancy” look in 2020, when they’ll be eligible for a uniform makeover as well.
As for the Jets, they donned the kelly green helmets from 1978-1997 before returning to white shells from 1998 to 2018. If history is any indicator, it’s likely the team may opt for another redesign in five years from a collective standpoint. However, from an individual team standpoint, the Jets may not conduct another makeover until 2038-2039.
By that time, I’ll be 47-48 years old.