The NFL season is still a little more than a month away, but fans don’t have to wait that long to see what headgear the players and coaches on their favorite teams will be wearing on the sideline.
New Era introduced its 2019 sideline collection Monday, with cap designs based on which era of the league’s 100-year history each franchise was established. There are some really snazzy caps here, with maybe a clunker or two.
To help you sort through it all (and because we like ranking things), we have decided to rank them from best to worst within each era. After that, we’ll determine the best of the best and worst of the worst.
Here we go:
These are the teams still remaining from the early days of the NFL — when people apparently really liked the color gray.
These are the teams that got their start when people apparently still liked gray, just darker.
These are the teams that formed as part of the upstart American Football League — when people apparently were really into white ropes.
These are the teams that first played when people apparently really liked trucker hats.
These are the teams that came together in the more recent past, when people apparently were really keen on alternating colors.
Which NFL team has the best 2019 sideline hat?
Definitely not the Ravens. Just not a fan of the design from that era, although Baltimore pulled it off better than the others. The Chiefs hat is pretty sweet, but the rope that’s on all the caps from that era is distracting and unnecessary. The Buccaneers cap is a nice-looking trucker’s hat — the red mesh is a great touch.
The caps from the first two eras are generally sharp and tasteful, but something about the Cardinals’ and Redskins’ offerings stand out (and the 49ers — it’s very possible we have a red bias). And since logos are better than words on hats, the Cardinals top this list as the best of the best. Those folks just seem to make nice hats — they also topped our ranking of the 2019 NFL draft caps.
And the loser is ...
Nothing wrong with the Jets’ hat (other than that silly rope). It was just the least exciting offering in a pretty strong group. Really, the same goes for the Packers (the only one in their group to use words instead of a logo) and Rams (navy on dark gray just doesn’t work). The Texans were the victims of the odd design from that era — not much they could do with that. So that leaves the Seahawks. Trucker’s hats are fine if done right (see the Bucs above), but that is not the case with this one. The neon green mesh is enough to knock Seattle to the bottom of this list as worst of the worst.