What is the most winning Saints uniform combo of the modern era?

It should feel strange to turn the page on an era in New Orleans Saints history, but it’s something we’ve grown accustomed to. So many cornerstones of the franchise have hooked up in recent years: quarterback Drew Brees, defensive back Malcolm Jenkins and even head coach Sean Payton. Payton’s tenure in particular saw great success for the Saints – he brought them out of the NFL’s basement, built an offense that Brees used to become one of the best passers of all time and put Jenkins in the position of captain of a defense that became the team’s defense. strength.

More than all these contributions, however, we must consider what the saints wore. Everyone knows their sick jerseys and iconic uniform combos won all those games and set all those records. Right?

Kidding aside, it’s fun to track arbitrary stats like this. And things will change with the advent of new black headsets for use in select games this season. As the Dennis Allen era looms before us, let’s take a look back at the record New Orleans has achieved in each of its various uniform combos since hiring Payton in 2006; a milestone that helps mark the modern era of Saints football.

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This look debuted a few years ago when fans embraced the “Color Rush” variations so passionately; NFL rules limited how often the Saints could wear these popular alternatives, so white pants were introduced to mimic them and help us between appearances.

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We haven’t seen these uniforms in a while, having first been used in 2011 against the Houston Texans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, then shelved after a 2016 loss to the visiting Detroit Lions. The return to the Saints team of 1967 is still relevant.

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Some of the shine came out of the “Color Rush” jerseys in 2021 when the Saints suffered a few tough losses while wearing them — including back-to-back primetime losses to the Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys. Let’s hope for better luck in 2022.

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It’s one of the most common looks we’ve seen from the Saints since 2006 (worn in 38 games), although the gold pants were discontinued for a few years after Drew Brees suffered a hand injury against the Rams from Los Angeles. at the start of the 2019 season. It might be superstition, but we didn’t see gold pants for quite a while after that.

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This uniform combo is the second most popular look used by the Saints since 2006, totaling 68 appearances, including the playoffs. With team captains voting on what to wear each week, they’ve often preferred to keep black home shirts for home games and opt for white away shirts when on the road. which is not surprising.

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The Saints have used this uniform combo in 61 games, the third since 2006, so you’d expect it to have a lower winning percentage than less frequently used looks. Still, it almost always contrasts well with the home uniforms of opposing teams.

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All-black uniforms were a favorite of almost everyone (until “Color Rush” jerseys dropped, anyway), including players, team captains who voted to use them in 79 games since 2006. That’s more than any other shirt-and-pant combo in the modern era of Saints football, appearing most often in games nationally broadcast from the Superdome. These are also generally the most difficult games, so it makes sense that the win percentage is relatively low.

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