NEW YORK – The New York Jets have a new coach, renowned new players and, now, a new uniform, which was presented on Thursday night at a Manhattan launch party that attracted former and current players, celebrities and a estimated crowd of 500 people. .
The Jets, who changed uniforms for the last time in 1998, will have a completely new helmet. Your home, visitor and alternative uniforms, designed by Nike, will include a shade of green that was developed exclusively for the Jets – Gotham Green. The other colors are the white focus and the black stealth.
"It's just a different arrogance," said star guard Jamal Adams, one of seven players who modeled the new uniforms on stage before a roaring crowd. "It's something that this team needed, obviously, the last few years have not gone well, to have something new, a new beginning, I think it's just what we needed."
The white helmet is gone, replaced by one that includes "JETS" in stylized white letters on the green of Gotham. The design actually resembles the helmet they used from 1978 to 1997, without the Concord style jet shown in the picture above the letters.
"New York" is adorned with small white letters in the chest, the first time in the history of the team the name of the city appears on the uniform. It can not please people in New Jersey, where the Jets practice and play their games.
CEO Christopher Johnson said he considers New York his home, adding that it was personally important that the city appear on the shirt.
Three new logos will appear on the team helmets, team of admirers and related souvenirs. A new linear design, similar to the flight trace of a jet, runs along the shoulders and lowers the legs of the pants. The numbers have also been updated with a new font that uses an inclined angle, meant to evoke movement and strength, according to Nike.
"Hey, look, I really feel that this is an incredible moment in the history of the Jets," Johnson said. "Nobody wins games [because of] New uniforms … This is done at a time when the Jets are changing course in a good way. It is a good symbol of that change. "
Attack player Sam Darnold, the new face of the franchise, said he loves the new image, but added: "If we do not play well, the uniforms will look unpleasant, if we play well, they will look amazing." "
The Jets were amazed and dismayed that a picture of the new uniforms leaked onto social media on Wednesday morning. Johnson said he does not know the source of the leak.
"Sure, it was a bit disappointing, but it's not the end of the world," he said. "It does not change the shirt, I think the fans will love it, as if it's a complete surprise, but yes, it's disappointing."
The filtered photo, which included Adams, Darnold, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Leonard Williams and Chris Herndon, was filmed a few months ago. Before posing in the new uniforms, players were asked to hand over their cell phones in an effort to protect the secret.
The Jets have generated a lot of enthusiasm this offseason, hiring coach Adam Gase and signing free star agents C.J. Mosley and Le & Veon Bell, who were notably absent at the launch party.
The redesigned Nike uniforms include the team's new colors: Gotham green, black and white stealthy focus. Take a look and leave your comment.
"It feels like a new beginning, with the talented players we brought and the new coaches we brought," Enunwa said. "It feels like a new team in some way."
The party attracted several former big Jets fans, including Hall of Famer Joe Namath and Curtis Martin. The master of ceremonies was the comedian J.B. Smoove
From a historical perspective, the Jets change uniforms every 20 years, more or less.
From 1978 to 1997, they were green and white kelly. In 1998, then-coach Bill Parcells wanted a return to the old-style uniform that became famous with his Super Bowl III season in 1968. So they switched to a green hunter jersey, with a white helmet that included two parallel green lines in the middle and a modified version of the 1965-1977 logo.