After playing two seasons without a nickname, the Washington Football Team will announce its new moniker and logo on Feb. 2. Back in early January, they released a video teasing the rebranded uniforms and helmet, and the classic color combination of burgundy and gold remains.
So, what will Washington's name be? According to some investigative-savvy internet users, the consensus is that Commanders has been selected by the franchise. Neither the league nor the team has addressed the potential leak, but former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann supports this proposed name.
"Commanders is a name that's hopefully going to be one that people will talk about, going forward," Theismann told The DA Show on Monday. "There were so many different options... There's so many things that you have to consider. "Commander, basically, it's Washington, D.C. A lot of commanders in D.C. and The Pentagon, a lot of different branches of the service. To me, that's sort of the way I'm looking at it. Positions of leadership, when it comes to the name.
"If you win, people are going to get excited about it. If you lose, people are going to be upset. That's the bottom line in our business. If you win, people will say, 'You know what? I like that, I can cheer for that. Go Commanders.' But if you lose, it's like, 'Why did they do that? I'm not happy with that name.' Football's a microcosm of society... If things go well, then everybody's happy. And that's what we're shooting for."
Team president Jason Wright released a statement about the rebrand in early January, saying in part, "we are very excited about our final selection, which aligns with our values, carries forth our rich history, represents the region and, most importantly, is inspired and informed by you, our fans."
Washington finished 7-10 for third place in the NFC East this season, and in 17 games, they ranked tied for 23rd in the league in average points scored, 25th in average points allowed, 24th in turnover ratio, and 25th in point differential.
The entire NFL conversation between Theismann and DA can be accessed in the audio player above.