The Washington Football Team got mocked for its name at first, but in a weird way it has stuck.
However, the franchise was always planning to pick a new name and a list of finalists was revealed Wednesday.
The Washington Football Team has reportedly narrowed their list of potential names down to 3 options, per the team's "Making the Brand" series.
Their finalists come from these eight:
– WFT pic.twitter.com/8W4eEpEwRS
— Front Office Sports (@FOS) August 18, 2021
For now we can see the list of eight, but don’t know which three have made it to be considered finalists.
One note is that keeping the name as it is now was one of the eight options.
Mix Of Options
The team may want to move away from “Red” in the name if the goal is a true rebrand.
Yet we see Red Hogs and Red Wolves sitting on the above list.
A more neutral name like Commanders or Defenders would fit well given the team’s location.
Armada and Brigade fit in as well, while Presidents may come off as a silly name for a professional sports team.
Which president would they identify with?
And of course, staying as WFT is an option as well.
As crazy as it sounds, that may be the easiest way to go as some fans have rallied around the simplicity of the name.
At this point, everyone just wants the team to win no matter what it is called.
Washington Football Team HC Ron Rivera says the final team name will "suit" fans from all three corners of the DMV, not just D.C.
What do you think the new nickname will be? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/pUYN2GWntn
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) August 18, 2021
Trying To Figure Out The Winner
We recently saw the Cleveland Indians narrow down a giant list of names and come up Guardians.
So one would assume the organization in Washington will ditch the “Football Team” name, otherwise all of this wait was for nothing.
Even though keeping the name is easy.
If the goal is to represent the whole region then Defenders would make a lot of sense.
It has to do with the entire coast and can honor the military at the same time.
That would also be a non-controversial name fans could get behind.
Ultimately, fans will complain with any name chosen.
Baseball fans in Cleveland saw that take place with the name change there.
But picking something simple is the best way to go and ditching “Red” in the name would also help ensure a true rebrand.
Yet with Dan Snyder calling the shots, expect the unexpected.