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Are you a Redskins fan looking to adopt an NFC playoff team? Here's a useful guide

Are you a Redskins fan looking to adopt an NFC playoff team? Here's a useful guide

For the 15th time in the past 20 seasons, Redskins fans will be watching the NFL playoffs unfold without their team participating in the fun.

That means it's time for what's basically become a depressing, annual tradition in the DMV: 'Skins fans adopting another team to root for in the postseason. 

Picking a franchise in the AFC is always a safe call if you want to go that route (pulling for the Ravens, for instance, would be an interesting move, because it'd mean a former Washington QB drafted in 2012 and now playing for a purple team would be a Super Bowl champ — and it wouldn't be the one anyone expected).

If you decide to jump on an NFC bandwagon, though, that's a bit trickier, considering the Burgundy and Gold has a lot of history with some of the teams vying for the Lombardi Trophy.

So, who's acceptable to adopt and who isn't? Here's a ranking of the six options from best to NOPE.

 1) New Orleans Saints

Alvin Kamara is the smoothest and coolest player to watch in the NFL. Drew Brees has the skill of Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers without the somewhat off-putting personalities. Saints fans produce the best atmosphere in pro football.

They're a complete team and play a brand of football that'll be refreshing for Redskins supporters who just spent four months watching ugly wins. Be a New Orleans fan for the next few weeks. Go on. It's OK. Enjoy yourself.

2) Los Angeles Rams

Most NFL head coaches are grouchy, stuck in their own ways and look like they smell bad. Sean McVay is none of those things, plus he obviously has ties to the Redskins.

Todd Gurley is almost as smooth and cool as Alvin Kamara, meanwhile, and when the Rams offense was at their peak earlier in the year, they were must-see TV and won arguably the best regular season contest ever.

If you're still mad about what the Saints did to the Redskins on Monday night in Week 5, LA can be your fallback squad.

3) Chicago Bears

If you're a defense-first kind of football fan, get behind this organization. Most of the NFL is stocking their garages with Corvettes and Lamborghinis, while the Bears just want another flatbed truck that can haul lots of bricks.

Can Khalil Mack and Co. win with their zigging while everyone else is zagging? They're going to try, and if you want to find out with them, go right ahead.

4) Seattle Seahawks

We've now reached the portion of the rankings where it gets a bit dicey, because the other three NFC contenders are all rivals of Washington.

Seattle makes it over the other two, of course, because they're from the NFC West and because it can be riveting to watch Russell Wilson run around for 11 seconds, dodge three sacks and find Tyler Lockett downfield for a 47-yard gain.

Be part of the 12th Man on Wild Card Weekend, then drop the Seahawks for someone else.

5) Dallas Cowboys 

Why Dallas over Philly?

Well, Eagles fans were insufferable after they won the whole thing last go round. Going through that again would be miserable.

Plus, a good chunk of Cowboys fans won't bask in the glory of a Super Bowl (if they get there) because they'll quickly be moving on to Duke basketball or the Warriors or the Yankees. You'll just have to ride out the first few days and then they'll be over it.

6) Philadelphia Eagles

There's no way Nick Foles can do this again, right? Right...? 


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Ten new fan-generated logo and uniform designs for Redskins name change

Ten new fan-generated logo and uniform designs for Redskins name change

While the Redskins conduct a thorough review of the team’s name, avid fans have taken to social media to speculate about potential replacement nicknames and logos for the team.

Some names have certainly emerged as the frontrunners as fans creatively repurpose the burgundy and gold in new designs.

NBC Sports Washington has tracked these fan-generated names and logos over the past week, but here are some of the newest creations to grace the internet. 

Red Stallions


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So, I've been thinking a lot about this rebrand for the Redskins. First off, I think it's damn late...but I'm glad they're finally taking action. They've got a few cool new names in the running: RedHawks, Red Tails and personal favorite. With football being the ultimate team sport, I think having a Spartan as the mascot makes a ton of sense and I'd totally dig seeing one on the side of a helmet. I also wanted to showcase some creative typography...I get a lot of shit for my stuff looking like college logos but hey, I think some of their concepts have so much creativity as opposed to the corporate creativity of the NFL. Ah well, there's a place for everything I guess! 😂 With that, I put together my take on the Warriors of Washington. I decided to show both my logo concept as well as a new helmet and even throw in a new way of presenting the name as opposed to just "Washington Warriors". Anyway, that's my lengthy explanation. Don't forget to SWIPE to see the helmet! Hope y'all dig it. ✌️🔥✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻 #redskins #warriors #redskinsnation #washingtonwarriors

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Red Wolves

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Another idea for the team name that has gained a lot of steam in the last few weeks is the Washington Red Wolves. This is a great name in my opinion. It’s original and we can keep HTTR which are my biggest requirements. Let me know your thoughts in the comments. Follow @always.redskins for all things redskins - - - #Redskins #RedskinsFootball #MontezSweat #NFLOffseason #SocialMediaMarketing #Sports #LandonCollins #RedskinsCountry #FootballNews #HailToTheRedskins #RedskinsUnited #HTTR #DerriusGuice #DwayneHaskins #RedskinsNation #NFL #BallisLife #WashingtonDC #HTTR4Life #ChaseYoung #Marketing #TerryMcLaurin #KendallFuller #RedskinsFamily #WashingtonRedskins #HTTRNation #NFLUpdate #Football #RedskinsPride #HTTR🏈

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Fred Smoot totally convinced me. Let's call this team the Washington Red Wolves

Fred Smoot totally convinced me. Let's call this team the Washington Red Wolves

At first, I was a Red Tails guy. Then, I was sort of a nothing guy. But now, after spending about 30 rambunctious minutes on a Thursday Zoom call with Fred Smoot — who apparently consumed a two gallon jug of 5-hour Energy before joining our Redskins Talk & Friends Facebook show — I've found my pack to run with. 

When the Washington Redskins settle on a new name, that new name needs to be the Washington Red Wolves.


I at first dismissed this specific candidate in this race. To me, it sounded like a fifth grade basketball team or the result of someone pulling out two slips of paper from a hat — one with a color and one with a random animal — and saying, "THIS is the choice."

But Smoot, who has been leading this movement from the start, has officially convinced me. I'm now, at long last, feeling an attachment to one of the many, many suggestions for the franchise's next era. And it's because of all the sweet things that could come from changing the Redskins to the Red Wolves.

Imagine a packed stadium (yes, I know that's hard because of the pandemic and because FedEx Field is a lot of words yet packed is rarely among them, but just work with me here) of fans howling after a huge third down stop. 

Clapping and cheering? Screw those celebrations. Those are so outdated. They're so boring. At Red Wolves home games, people bay at the moon when Chase Young drops Dak Prescott.   

That's where Smoot really hooked me.

Under this potential name, Washington could finally have a real and unique atmosphere again. The stadium could be nicknamed The Wilderness. The Jumobtron will have growling sounds emanating from it constantly. There's truly no such thing as too much growling.

But that's not the only part of his compelling sales pitch.

Think of the uniform and logo potential as well. Think about it!!!

Yes, Redskins supporters will surely miss the look of their favorite team, one that they've gotten used to over decades and decades of Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays. But that longing for the past will last all of four seconds when Terry McLaurin comes sprinting out of the tunnel in some threads that look like this...:

...and meets his teammates at a midfield that looks something similar to this: 

Switching to the Red Wolves would also allow some of the key traditions, like the "HTTR" mantra and familiar color scheme, to remain. Even the fight song (with some slight touching up) could stick around.

Plus, it already has the endorsement from one key Redskin in Jonathan Allen. He wouldn't mind referring to the team's digs as The Den (I still think The Wilderness is better, but I'm a blogger and he's an NFL D-tackle, so it's obvious who's winning that one) and, overall, called the idea "fire."

Allen is correct. Smoot is correct. Every Twitter user I initially scoffed at is correct (but I'll keep scoffing at a lot of you regardless). 

For 80-plus years, this area's beloved football team has been the Redskins. It sure feels like that chapter is coming to a close, though.

So, when the new one begins, I hope it centers around the Red Wolves. And I hope it centers around them for 800-plus years, too. Maybe even 8,000.