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Why Mike Florio feels that Monday's statement was 'one final act of defiance' by Dan Snyder

Why Mike Florio feels that Monday's statement was 'one final act of defiance' by Dan Snyder

On Monday morning, Washington released a three-paragraph statement indicating that they are prepared to retire the Redskins name and logo once they complete their review and settle on their replacement name.

To some, that's all the statement really explained. To ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio, however, there was much more to take away.

The longtime NFL analyst had the opportunity to elaborate on that opinion while on with the Redskins Talk podcast.

"Well, frankly, my reaction after I had the chance to think about it was: this is one final act of defiance by Daniel Snyder," Florio said.

"Basically, why are you saying, 'We're going to retire the name later when we have a new name?'" he continued. "You're acknowledging that this name has to go, but you're keeping this name in place. And the name was plastered all over the press release, and the logo was plastered on the press release. Why are you not just abandoning the name now?"

To Florio's point, the word "Redskins" was used multiple times in the team's statement, which was put out on a letterhead that also featured their logo. Not just Florio was confused by that, either.

And while a team spokesman later clarified that the franchise is "still the Redskins" until Snyder and Ron Rivera settle on their next choice, Florio remained miffed at it all.

"The thinking was the name would be gone today, not an announcement that the name will eventually be gone, but the name would be gone today," he said.

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Florio believes — and he was sure to describe this as speculation — that Snyder "decided" he wasn't "going to put away" the label that the organization has known for more than 80 years for good until the next one is ready.

So, for the time being, they'll exist in a weird, in-between world where the word and logo are "retired" instead of legitimately retired. 

As for when there will be some true finality in this situation, Florio expects it to come sooner due to how Monday's events unfolded.

"I think this half measure that was announced today is only going to make those people more determined to get [Snyder] to get this done ASAP," he said. "Get rid of that name. I just don't think it's sustainable to say to the world, 'We have to move on from this name, we'll just do it at some point down the road and we'll let you know when that happens.' So I think it's only going to increase the pressure."

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Reuben Foster, finally, addresses his past as well as what's ahead with Washington

Reuben Foster, finally, addresses his past as well as what's ahead with Washington

One year and eight months after he was first claimed by the Washington Football Team, Reuben Foster finally addressed the local media in a formal press conference on Friday. As far as mid-August, mid-training camp Zoom sessions go, it was quite compelling.

The 26-year-old — who was recently removed from the PUP list, which signaled a major step in his recovery from last May's disastrous knee injury — came across as somewhat nervous to be doing an interview again. But even through those apparent jitters, he was able to describe what his life has been like since joining the organization.

"I've learned a lot," Foster said. "Just being humble, vulnerable. Understanding for a lot of things, of life. A real understanding of life. It's stuff that I can't really explain. It's hard to explain. I just know that my drive to get back on the field was insane."

Foster's devotion to the sport was a theme that popped up numerous times when he was speaking.

It's what he's thought about as he's been involved in multiple domestic violence allegations and seen his reputation plummet. Foster's former girlfriend recanted her testimony in the first case and the charges were dropped in the second, but even so, many will forever view him differently.

The desire to play again is also what's been at the top of his mind throughout an arduous rehab process that stems from going down on the third snap of OTAs in 2019. The damage on Foster's knee was more severe than a typical tear and had, up until this past January, caused him to lose feeling in his toes.

There is still plenty of work remaining on both fronts — Foster's character will be closely judged and any sort of future legal trouble likely will cost him his spot in the NFL, and he openly admitted he's not where he wants to be mentally when it comes to believing in his lower body — but right now, he's as comfortable as he's been in some time. 

"I feel like God just put me here, just dropped me here, like, 'This the football child,'" he said.

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His road back, however, is still far from its final destination.

As mentioned, Foster was very candid about how practices have gone since coming off PUP on Sunday. He was obviously relieved to be a part of the action again, yet he noticed he was more timid than he'd prefer.

"I was happy about it, but I was focusing on my leg, like, 'Dang, am I the same again? Will I ever be the same again?' he said. "But I don't think to the point that it would stop my play style or whatever. I just got to get the confidence out there."

Not many pro athletes would acknowledge that uneasy mindset. 

One thing Foster is confident in is his new head coach. Ron Rivera told the media that Foster has been "excellent" since Rivera became Washington's leader, and Foster was even more complimentary when discussing how Rivera's helped him of late.

"I trust him a lot," Foster said. "He's got my trust and dedication, and I think he's just a real stand-up guy, a trustworthy guy."

As a whole, Foster's Friday chat acted as a much-needed reset. It was necessary to hear his take on the drama he's been implicated in and the obstacles he's faced since leaving the 49ers. 

Now, though, he's prepared to move forward, and perhaps the conversation surrounding him can as well. After having him address the controversial issues, the Foster-related discussions can largely shift to how he's fitting into the defense and what he'll be able to add to that unit.

Speaking of which, after months packed with uncertainty, that's one group Foster has no doubts about.

"Even me with a bad wheel," he said, "we've got this."

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Unhappy with ‘Scary Terry,’ teammates think fast for Terry McLaurin’s new nickname

Unhappy with ‘Scary Terry,’ teammates think fast for Terry McLaurin’s new nickname

During an impressive rookie campaign that saw him exceed all expectations as a third-round pick, Terry McLaurin earned the nickname “Scary Terry.” That’s what EVERYONE called him. The only problem is, he didn’t really like it.

McLaurin wanted something more original, not a retread nickname that was originally given to Charlotte Hornets point guard Terry Rozier a few years prior. He wanted a unique nickname, maybe one that had to do with his speed on the field, or perhaps no nickname at all?

“I don’t even look at myself like I necessarily need to have a nickname,” McLaurin told reporters during an availability last season. “I just go out there and play ball, honestly. I’m just that simple of a person.”

Right, like a guy who caught seven touchdowns in his rookie year isn’t going to get a nickname.

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NBC Sports Washington's Pete Hailey polled the Washington fanbase last year and came back with several options, including “Terry McScorin" and “Run TMC.” But Terry’s quarterback may have the final say when it comes to a nickname for his fellow Buckeye.

Dwayne Haskins targeted McLaurin 47 times in seven games after taking over as starter in Week 9 against the Bills, connecting 30 times for 461 yards and two touchdowns. He knows how “scary” Terry can be on the field, but it remains to be seen if “Turbo” sticks as McLaurin’s nickname moving forward.

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