The NFL's Washington DC franchise formally known as the Redskins has decided to start the 2020 simply known as the 'Football Team'. After years of pressure from numerous organizations that found the name Redskins racially offensive, team owner Daniel Snyder finally decided to change the name to keep relevant with the changing times.
This NFL franchise goes all the way back to 1932. It was first known as the Boston Braves. In 1933, it became the Boston Redskins before relocating to its present home in our Nation’s Capital ahead of the 1937 season.
The Redskins are an iconic piece of NFL history. They have been to five Super Bowls winning three. Their last championship was in 1991. More recently, they won the NFC East Division title in 2015, which was their most recent appearance in the playoffs. Yet, the decision to move away from such a divisive name was actually a long time coming.
Dan Snyder first made a name for himself as a highly successful businessman. As an NFL owner, many of his decisions over the years have been more than questionable. He could actually be described as "Jerry Jones Light" for his meddlesome approach to running this team. But hey, he still signs the paychecks.
Going with the 'Football Team' as the interim name for a franchise worth $3.4 billion (7th highest in the NFL) could top the list for head scratchers. None the less, this is the game plan for the 2020 season.
Given the team’s bleak prospects for the upcoming season, it probably does not really matter what it is called. Here is a rundown of Washington’s betting odds for a few NFL futures bets along with the rank in the league.
Washington’s projected win total for a 16 game regular season is five games as the second least in the NFL behind the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The burden of proving the Oddsmakers wrong falls on the shoulders of former Carolina head coach Ron Rivera. He took over the reins in Washington this offseason and he will be the sixth head coach to guide this team going back to Joe Gibbs’ second stint with Washington from 2004 to 2007.
On the bright side, second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins showed signs of promise in 2019 with 1,365 yards passing and seven touchdown throws while adding another 101 rushing yards on 20 carries.
On the not so bright side is an offense that was ranked last in the league in scoring with an average of 16.6 points per game. The defense also had its issues, ranking last against the pass and 22nd against the run.
Things could improve on that side of the ball with former Ohio State defensive end Chase Young in the lineup. He was the second overall pick in this year’s draft behind Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow. Another addition to the team was wide receiver Antonio Gibson from Memphis. He was taken with Washington’s first pick in the third round.
The Football Team in Washington has to hope that the city’s baseball and hockey team enjoy a certain amount of success finishing out their seasons. This would be a welcomed distraction from Mr. Snyder’s continued search for his team’s permanent name.
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