Washington 2022 football team name change: ranking the best final options ahead of the February 2 reveal


After two years on the football team, Washington’s NFL franchise is finally entering a new era and a new identity. With one game remaining in the 2021 season, the team announced on Tuesday that they will unveil their long-awaited new name and logo on February 2. Club president Jason Wright, who has helped lead the rebranding since “Redskins” was retired in 2020, has previously confirmed that the nickname “Football Team” will be replaced in 2022, and now “Wolves” and ” RedWolves “- among more than 40,000 fan submissions – are also excluded due to branding issues.

Washington has given mixed messages as to which names are actually vying for the new identity, with CEO Tanya Snyder listing eight finalists in September, only for a team spokesperson to clarify that those names weren’t necessarily the names. best choices. Team management has since said they will choose from three finalists but have not revealed those names, while The Associated Press reports the following nicknames are among the options: Admirals, Armada, Brigade , Commanders, Defenders, Presidents, Redhawks, Red Hogs and Sentinels.

WashingtonAdmirals.com currently redirects on the team’s official website, for what it’s worth, but until Washington’s official reveal on February 2, here’s how we would rank the options for their new identity:

9. Defenders

Its good. But anyone could use it. It’s like the default output of a random team name generator in “Madden”. Ron Rivera might like it, given how his squad is put together, but that would be a short-sighted new branding.

8. Commanders

A slight improvement over Defenders as you’d rather have your team charge up than just defend. But then again, this one is suitable for any team in any city, really. Far too generic considering you spent two whole years planning this unveiling.

7. Red hawks

It’s not bad and bears a respectful resemblance to the franchise name of old, but the University of Miami (Ohio) made that change first. Additionally, Washington has previously indicated that it wants to move away from its original Native American imagery.

6. Brigade

The singular name is unique, and “Washington Brigade” flows quite well. Quite a solid choice, if they lean down the road to the nation’s capital / American patriotism.

5. Sentinels

It’s not such a threatening / formidable term as “Brigade” or even “Commanders”, but it does have a respectability – a more unique version of something like “Warriors”. It is also similar to the Washington Senators baseball team of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

4. Admirals

It would fit in nicely with the team’s new uniforms, teased by Washington to now include stars. And this obviously corresponds to the military theme. It’s not necessarily creative, but it works, essentially viewing its players as a group of high-ranking soldiers.

3. Presidents

This one comes with an inevitable baggage, given that they would be constantly associated with the sitting US president. But “Washington Presidents” sounds great too. If they want to adopt their DC location, you can’t do much better.

2. Armada

Armada refers to a fleet of warships or vehicles. And it sounds even cooler than “Brigade”. This one’s all about the aesthetics. “Presentation, in 2022, of the Washington Armada!

1. Red pigs

Is it a coincidence that Washington will unveil its new name on Groundhog Day? Hopefully not. “Hogs” has long been a nickname in and around the franchise, so it would be normal to see a promotion here. Cutting “Red” from the name would make it better, but it’s still the best way to pay homage to the history of the team while launching with a new identity.


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