The Washington Redskins announced on Friday that they are reviewing their team name, a step that would seem unlikely to be made if there were going to keep their name. Then again, this is the Redskins, an organization that has had eight head coaches in the last 25 years and has made a number of questionable decisions.
Let's just hope the new name is a good one. 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.
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..."
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.
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.
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.
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.