This battle of Los Angeles wasn't even close
A handful of NFL teams have graced the media and fans with some fine content during this sportless offseason in the form of new or redesigned uniforms for the 2020 season. The two franchises that call the Los Angeles area home — the Chargers and Rams — are two of the teams that will debut new threads this season.
So who did it better? It's not even close.
Let's start with the good.
Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers unveiled a grand total of six new uniforms that are modern, timeless, and pay tribute to the history of the franchise all at once.
the best got better. pic.twitter.com/UTXPM8yYvI— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) April 21, 2020
For starters, they put numbers back on the already beautiful white helmets. Then they slightly changed the numbers on the jerseys to a rounded modern font. Great job with the numbers all around.
Back to the helmets, they have three designs. One has a yellow lightning bolt with powder blue accents and numbers, one has true blue accents, and one features a navy bolt with navy numbers, with the bolt outlined in yellow.
They unveiled four jerseys: a powder blue, a white, a true blue, and a navy. All have the iconic Charger bolt on the shoulders, completing a clean, classy look.
The Chargers also have four different pants options: white, true blue, navy, and yellow. Again, there's the classic lightning bolt on each leg.
My favorite look by far is the dark, navy blue version — but you really can't go wrong with any of the combinations. The Chargers hit their uniform redesign/unveiling out of the park. Outstanding job.
And now for the bad and ugly.
Los Angeles Rams
The Rams had teased a new logo for weeks and even planted a sneak peek of the new helmet in the graphics when they were on the clock during last month's draft.
ð¨ 2020 ð¨— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) May 13, 2020
A new era in Los Angeles. pic.twitter.com/Qc8vv2mUd3
Let's start with the only good thing about the uniform — the helmet. The Rams went with a true blue color which matches the classic jersey color they sported right up through the 1990s and recently returned to. It looks fine, as do the new ram horns, which feature a line in the design the makes the horns look more three-dimensional. All in all, solid effort on the helmet.
The rest of the uniform — quite simply — is awful. In no way am I being original when I say that this uniform looks like it was designed in a video game by a 12-year-old. That same sentiment has been echoed by football fans — including Rams fans — all over social media.
The number font is an unremarkable rounded look. The away off-white look resembles a high school uniform. The yellow is hard to see against the white with no outline. The home blue jersey comes with two options for pants — yellow with a plain blue line and white trim, and solid blue with a white line that fades to yellow.
The home jerseys would have been ok — true blue with the new horns on the shoulders — but the gradient yellow-to-white look on those rounded numbers is an amateur look all around. It's too sunny and happy for the sport of football. It's as if the Rams were trying to appeal to the people in Southern California who don't even watch the sport.
In the battle of Los Angeles NFL uniforms, the Chargers are the clear winners. If I were giving out letter grades, the Chargers get an A+ and the Rams get a D.
— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. His work has appeared on SI.com, FoxSports.com, Yahoo! SBNation and Bleacher Report. He is a three-time FWAA writing contest award winner. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.