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Washington Redskins: 5 Names the Team Should Avoid

Washington Redskins: 5 Names the Team Should Avoid

The Washington Football Team is set to reveal its new name on Feb. 2. A process that started in the summer of 2020 when the franchise announced it would stop using Resksins will soon come to an end.

Then again, some of that could be due to the franchise's recent history, which has included eight head coaches in the last 25 years, a well-publicized and embarrassing scandal involving team executives that has not been completely resolved, on top of numerous questionable other decisions.

Let's just hope the new name is a good one, although it won't be RedWolves or Wolves. We can assume that the franchise will avoid stinkers like the Snyders, Pols, Talking Heads, and Red Tape, but here are five other names the team should avoid as well.

1. Bluecoats

The blue jacket-donned American militia did win the 13 colonies' independence from Great Britain. However, this mascot seems to cry out, "Well, Patriots was already taken so..."

2. Founders

The racing presidents at Washington Nationals games are always fun, but huge caricatures of our founding fathers would really seem out of place in the NFL. Oh, and a lot of them owned slaves too.

3. Generals

Yes, generals are some of the most powerful individuals in Washington. And the New Jersey Generals was the most prominent franchise in the USFL and the one associated with the league's downfall. Giving the Redskins franchise that name would conjure up memories of the USFL's failure. Not to mention the basketball team with the same name that is synonymous with losing.

4. Hogs

The "Hogs," the name for the Redskins' offensive line of the 1980s and early '90s, is the best nickname ever to be given to a team's front five. But the Washington Hogs would be one of the most ho-hum franchise names in NFL history.

5. Senators

In case you don't read the news, Washington, D.C., is not yet a state, and an overwhelming majority of its citizens are not happy about it. Calling the team the Senators when the District of Columbia doesn't have any would only add insult to injury.

— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports' Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.