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One analyst believes Chase Young could eventually lead the Redskins to a Super Bowl

One analyst believes Chase Young could eventually lead the Redskins to a Super Bowl

There's no way to sugarcoat it: over the past two decades, the Redskins have been one of the most losing franchises in the NFL. The Burgundy and Gold have made the playoffs just four times since the turn of the century and have not won a playoff game since 2007. Memories of the franchise's glory days during the 1980s are nothing but a distant memory now.

One analyst, NFL Network's Bucky Brooks, believes things could be turning around soon in the nation's capital, and second overall pick Chase Young is a major reason why.

In his column released on last Friday, Brooks wrote that if the Ohio State pass rusher lives up to the extraordinary expectations many have placed on him, the Redskins are in for a resurgence as a franchise.

"If No. 2 overall pick Chase Young is as good as advertised, the Washington Redskins are on their way toward becoming a Super Bowl contender," Brooks wrote.


Brooks' praise for the Redskins comes just months after the team finished with one of the worst seasons in franchise history. The Redskins were terrible in 2019, and there are still plenty of question marks on both sides of the ball entering 2020.

But this offseason, the Redskins made several organizational changes, most notably firing longtime team president Bruce Allen and hiring well-respected head coach Ron Rivera.

Brooks was asked about his comments by NFL Network's Andrew Siciliano, and he explained that both Rivera and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio have a history of unlocking the full potential of dominant pass rushers and riding a dominant defense to the Super Bowl.

"If you go back and look at the history of Ron Rivera and Jack Del Rio, understand if you get a dominant pass rusher at the top of the [draft] board, if he plays to his potential, he can dominate," Brooks said. "I've compared Chase Young to Julius Peppers. When I was with the Carolina Panthers, we had Julius Peppers. Julius Peppers anchored a defensive line that led us to the Super Bowl."

Brooks also pointed to the success Del Rio had with Von Miller in Denver, as Miller and a dominant defense led the Broncos to a Super Bowl victory in 2015.

"Then, when you think about Ron Rivera and Jack Del Rio getting together, Jack Del Rio not only had Peppers during his first stint in Carolina, but he also had Von Miller in Denver," Brooks said. "Both of those teams eventually went to the Super Bowl."

During the Redskins Offseason Updates Live show, Rivera himself called Young a mini-version Peppers.

"[Chase Young is] not quite as big as Julius was. He's built like him; he's a mini version of him," Rivera said. "He's got a little bit more of that initial explosion. Julius was very long and his explosion was good, but because of his length, it seemed even better than it really, truly was. I mean Julius was phenomenal, and this is a young man who could be that type of player."


And later in that segment, Rivera also said that watching Young's film reminded him of Miller.

"Von Miller comes to my mind when I watch Chase and I watch him work out and I watch the tape he's putting out," Rivera said. "I'm pretty excited about seeing him."

The last point Brooks made to support his belief that a resurgence could be coming to Washington was that Young, someone projected to be an all-worldly pass rusher, is joining a defensive line that is already plenty talented.

The analyst pointed to the success of the San Francisco 49ers last year and how 2019 second overall pick Nick Bosa was the final piece needed that transformed their defense. San Francisco rode their dominant defense to the No. 1 seed in the NFC and a Super Bowl appearance last year.

"A dominant pass rusher can make a difference. The Redskins have five former first-round picks on that D-line rotation," Brooks said. "You know who else had that? The San Francisco 49ers. We saw them in the Super Bowl last year."

Brooks comments also caught the attention of Redskins QB Dwayne Haskins, who responded on Twitter.

While the analyst isn't saying the arrival of Young will instantly turn a 3-13 Redskins team from a year ago into a title contender, Brooks believes that the pass rusher has the impact to do just that a few years down the road.

"I'm not saying this year, but in a couple of years, we could see the Washington Redskins have a parade," Brooks said.


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Reports: Redskins' three minority owners attempting to sell their stakes in the franchise

Reports: Redskins' three minority owners attempting to sell their stakes in the franchise

The three minority owners of the Washington Redskins -- Frederick Smith, Robert Rothman, and Dwight Schar -- are trying to sell their stake in the team, according to a report from the Washington Post on Sunday night. Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio first reported Sunday afternoon that Smith and Schar wanted to sell.

The three men have reportedly hired a banking firm to help the search for potential buyers, but according to Florio they have not had much luck. The trio is "not happy being a partner" to Redskins majority owner Dan Snyder, according to the Post.

Smith, Rothman and Schar are Washington's lone minority partners and make up about 40-percent of the franchise's ownership group, according to the Post. The three minority owners are the only members of Washington's ownership group outside of Snyder, along with his sister and his mother.

Smith is the CEO and founder of FedEx, one of Washington's largest corporate sponsors. FedEx currently holds the naming rights to Washington's home stadium, FedEx Field, through 2025. The stadium lease expires in 2027.  

This past Thursday, FedEx became one of the first major corporate sponsors of the Redskins to publicly place pressure on the franchise to change its name. Other companies such as Nike, which removed all Redskins' products from its website, along with Bank of America and PepsiCo followed shortly after.

In response, the Redskins released a statement on Friday that the team is undergoing a "thorough review" of the team's name. All signs point toward an inevitable change. New head coach Ron Rivera has said that he hopes the name is changed prior to the 2020 season, which begins in September.


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Former Redskins CB Shawn Springs wouldn't mind a red, white and blue color scheme with new name

Former Redskins CB Shawn Springs wouldn't mind a red, white and blue color scheme with new name

Over the next few days, and in the spirit of a Presidential election year, NBC Sports Washington is polling ex-Redskins players and NFLers who grew up in the DMV for their thoughts on the burgundy-and-gold's pending name change - and what name THEY would like to see.  

With the Redskins officially reviewing their name for a seemingly imminent change, suggestions from fans have poured in. 

Not only do you see name ideas like the "Washington Red Tails" or "Washington Warriors", but nowadays you see logo mockups, uniform designs and new color schemes to go along with them. With almost too many to choose, former Washington all-pro cornerback Shawn Springs highlighted the best suggestions he's seen.

"I like the Washington Warriors or the Senators," Springs told NBC Sports Washington. "With the Senators, you have the Capitals and Nationals, so you can keep that theme in DC."

Springs, a Silver Spring native, played in Washington from 2004-to-08, tallying 12 interceptions, 250 tackles and 52 passes defended. He seemed to like the idea of including the Redskins in the nation's capital theme, especially if it meant changing the team's color scheme to match every other pro team in the city.

"I like the fact that the Nats, Wizards [and Capitals] all wear red white and blue," he said. "I think that'd be a real cool thing for DC. And hell, both the [Nationals and Capitals] won. I just like something that's gonna give you a theme with the rest of the teams [in DC]."


Washington's controversial name could be seen as divisive for the city's sports fans, so what better way to unite everyone than every team sharing the same color scheme. Pittsburgh is the only other city whose pro sports teams (Penguins, Steelers, Pirates) use the same color scheme, and it certainly works for them. 

One obstacle going with the Senators would be the fact that the name belonged to the city's baseball team from 1901-1960 and again as an expansion team from 1961 to 1971. But Senators 1.0 moved to Minnesota to become the Twins and Senators 2.0 left quickly for Texas to become the Rangers. Baseball has since returned to DC and the Nationals couldn't be a better name for the franchise. Why not bring "Senators" back in a different sport?


You can recapture some of the town's sports history and perhaps even recycle some of the logo/uniform concepts they used years ago. Not to mention how cool it'd be for a Walter Johnson jersey to become appropriate attire at an NFL game.

Whatever the team's name ends up being, this whole saga has bred a ton of creativity and done a lot of heavy lifting for everyone set to choose new fantasy football team names this year.

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