June 15, 2024

New Chiefs co-owner makes name change: Ranking Washington’s top five NFL team alternatives

Washington NFL The franchise recently spent two years with a temporary nickname and 18 months officially dealing with its current identity, finally settling on “Chiefs” as the club’s new branding in February 2022. A little more than a year later, by Daniel Snyder selling the team Amid the controversy, new ownership is already teasing other changes, with minority shareholder Earvin “Magic” Johnson tip this week that another new nickname could arrive as early as 2024.

“I think everything is on the table, especially after this year,” Johnson told “The Today Show” after Joshua Harris’ buying group bought the Chiefs for a record $6 billion. “We’ll see where we are with the name, but I can’t say [for sure] Now.”

ESPN has since reported that it’s “reasonable” to expect the new regime to erase as much Snyder-era branding as possible, suggesting that Washington will, in fact, have a different name sooner rather than later.

So what on Earth should the new name be? Using mostly possibilities that appeared on team president Jason Wright’s survey sent to season ticket holders during Washington’s last rebrand, here are our XYZ picks:

5. Washington Majors

“Presidents” would give the dominant DC ties they half-heartedly display with “Commanders,” but in today’s polarized political climate, are they tasked with being associated with every sitting US president? “Majors” is more aligned with the military, but is more of a precise point than “Commanders,” doubling as a status statement among NFL teams.

4. Washington Redtails

The team has previously downed any chance of using “Red” because of trademarks, but come on. This is a $6B operation; where there’s a will, there’s a way. “Redtails” is a longtime fan favorite because of its historical ties to the Tuskegee Airmen, the famous African-American pilots who fought in World War II. It also bears some resemblance to Washington’s most famous nickname.

3. Washington Redhogs

This comes even closer to the team’s own roots. “Hogs” has long been a nickname in and around the franchise, so it would only be fitting to see a promotion here. This may be the best way to honor the team’s history as they embark on a new identity.

2. Washington Pigskins

Don’t laugh. Yes, there is a bit of innate stupidity; it basically means they were the Washington … Footballs. But in a sense, there’s no better monitor for an NFL team, and the bonus is that it’s very close to their most famous identity, allowing them to appropriately revive the abbreviated ‘Skins’ nickname.

1. Washington DC Football Club (DCFC)

This depends on the new regime moving the franchise out of Landover, Maryland, and literally to DC, possibly due to future stadium plans. But the simplicity brings back the unexpected charm of the “Washington Football Team” days without going completely back to that era. Skeptics will say it’s too much like a soccer team, but who cares? The acronym DCFC could catch on quickly, igniting stadium and living room chants for years to come.

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