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Redskins veteran Jonathan Allen has already met with, and approves of, Ron Rivera and Chase Young

Redskins veteran Jonathan Allen has already met with, and approves of, Ron Rivera and Chase Young

Before it became really hard to get to know someone, Jonathan Allen did have a few chances to get to know Ron Rivera.

First, there was Rivera's introductory presser back in January, an event that Allen attended. In fact, he sat in the front row, just a few feet from the podium where Rivera initially laid out his plans for turning around the entire franchise, and chatted with him briefly afterward.

And on a Zoom call with reporters on Wednesday, Allen explained that he and his wife have gone out to dinner with Rivera and Rivera's wife, which gave Allen a unique opportunity to truly hone in on what the 58-year-old is like. 

Thanks to those experiences as well as the virtual interactions the two have shared throughout the offseason, Allen finds himself quite invested in the Redskins' new leader.

"I love him," Allen said Wednesday. "I love everything I'm hearing from him, I'm loving everything I'm hearing from other players... He seems like the type of guy we need in Washington to help get this culture changed and turned around for the better."

Even from an outside view, it's easy to imagine why Allen and Rivera are already clicking. The former is about as serious as it gets when it comes to players on the Burgundy and Gold, and the latter emphasizes serious things like competition and accountability. 

Was there small talk during their exclusive dinner? Almost assuredly. But it also wouldn't be too surprising if they sat down and immediately started discussing how to split a double team using the table's forks and knives.

So, while the instant chemistry isn't a total shock, it still is promising.

"It was easy to get behind and believe everything he was preaching and everything he was saying about what he wanted to do as a coach," Allen said.

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Rivera isn't the only new foundational piece for the organization, however. Chase Young is now also a part of the plan, and he's someone Allen will be working closely with for the near and hopefully distant future. 

Turns out, Allen has met with Young, too, in what was another positive interaction in the eyes of the fourth-year pro. Allen texted Young the night he was drafted to congratulate him, and the next day, Young made an hour drive to spend time with Allen and Matt Ioannidis.

"We just hung out and talked. It was really informal," Allen told the media. "He just had a couple of questions, what it was like coming from college to the NFL, just basic questions that a rookie would ask. And after that we just had some dinner and just kicked it."

Between what he expects Rivera to bring to the sidelines and Young to contribute on the field, Allen is allowing himself to think big for the Redskins in 2020.

"I'm super excited," he said. "When you get a guy of [Young's] caliber, it's definitely immediately going to make an impact for your team. But I'm just really excited about what we've done in the last couple of years, the pieces we've built. We're young, we have a great coaching staff, we have a great core of players."

Before the end of that quote, though, the all-business side of Allen kicked in again. He knows that optimism in the spring means nothing when the fall begins. That's why he returned to a statement he's said often during his time with the Redskins, and one he's rightly sticking with even among the newfound hope.

"We have to go out there and do it."

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A timeline of the Washington Redskins’ name dispute over the years

A timeline of the Washington Redskins’ name dispute over the years

The Washington Redskins announced Friday that they plan to conduct a “thorough review” of their team name for the first time under owner Dan Snyder. It’s perhaps the most significant development in a saga that has played out over the course of nearly 50 years.

Despite scrutiny around the name and its interpretation as a racial slur offensive to Native Americans that has spurred legal disputes and public calls for its removal, the Redskins have held strong in their refusal to budge on the subject—until now.

Here’s a look at all the events from over the years that led up to Friday’s announcement.

1933: Under founding owner George Preston Marshall—whose name was recently removed from the Redskins’ Ring of Fame—the Boston Braves changed their name to the Boston Redskins in order to eliminate confusion with the MLB’s Boston Braves, who later moved to Atlanta. The franchise moved to Washington four years later.

1967: The Redskins receive a formal trademark from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the name.

1971-72: A group of D.C. reporters at a variety of outlets including The Washington Post, Washington Daily News and Washington Star become the first prominent advocates against the name. Wrote Paul Kaplan of the Washington Star, “Some think of the symbols as monuments to their strength and manhood. Others disagree, bitterly denouncing the derogation of their heritage, an ignorance of their culture and an unabashed commercialism in the sense that Indian names and heroes are exploited with no recompense whatsoever for our native Americans.”

1972: The Redskins introduce a new logo featuring the profile of a Native American warrior. That depiction still stands as the team’s primary logo today.

1992: As the Redskins played the Buffalo Bills for Super Bowl XXVI in Minnesota, a group of about 3,000 demonstrators held picket signs outside the stadium protesting against the name. Later that year, a group of “American Indian leaders” filed a petition that requested the team name be changed.

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1999: A suit filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Board in 1992 is ruled in favor of a Native American group championed by Suzan Shown Harjo, a member of the Cheyenne tribe. However, the Redskins ultimately won an appeal of the decision in 2009 because a judge ruled the Native Americans waited too long to raise the issue after the trademark was approved.

2006: A second lawsuit is filed with the trademark office, this time led by Navajo tribe member Amanda Blackhorse. The suit alleged that the name was disparaging toward Native Americans and its trademark should be removed.

2013: In an interview with USA TODAY, Redskins owner Dan Snyder said, "We'll never change the name. It's that simple. NEVER—you can use caps." The Oneida Indian Nation then held a season-long protest of the name in which members traveled to every Redskins road game to spread the message. President Barack Obama weighed in, saying he would “think about changing it” if he were owner.

2014: A group of 50 U.S. Senators, all Democrats, signed a letter to the NFL asking for the Redskins to change their name. The Redskins also lost a ruling by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board that said the name was disparaging to a “substantial composite of Native Americans.” Washington would appeal the decision, which was overruled by the Supreme Court in 2017.

2020: Following weeks of nationwide protests for racial equity and sudden financial pressure from investors, Redskins sponsors FedEx, Nike and PepsiCo all showed support for the idea that the team should change its name. FedEx issued a formal request for the name while Nike removed all Redskins apparel from its website. Snyder then issued a statement Friday that said the team would conduct a “thorough review” of the name, signaling for the first time the franchise was considering dropping the name.

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If the Redskins go with a new name, quarterback Dwayne Haskins has a favorite

If the Redskins go with a new name, quarterback Dwayne Haskins has a favorite

As the Redskins name-change debate continues to gain steam, people everywhere are weighing in on potential options for a switch.

Scanning social media, the leaders in the clubhouse seem to be the Washington Warriors, Redtails and Redhawks.

At least one of those names has the blessing of a player fans hope will eventually become the face of the franchise.

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With several former Ohio State players on the team -- Dwayne Haskins, Chase Young, Terry McLaurin -- Bleacher Report's Matt Miller tossed around the idea of changing the Redskins to the Buckeyes. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins responded saying he liked the Redtails.

The Redtails were a group of Tuskegee airmen, all-black fighter pilots during World War II.

Haskins said "that's if we have to change the name," making clear he isn't taking a stance on whether the team should change the name.

Reports have suggested a name change is likely before the 2020 season begins.

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