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Why the Redskins and Antonio Gibson could just be a perfect match for one another

Why the Redskins and Antonio Gibson could just be a perfect match for one another

The Redskins were the lone team in the NFL last year who failed to average at least 17 points per game. That’s a really, really low bar, and yet they still couldn’t clear it.

Well, on Friday night, Washington took a step toward ensuring they’re a little more explosive and sudden on offense in the future by taking Memphis playmaker Antonio Gibson 66th overall in the draft.

Gibson may not be the most household of names, and part of that is because he spent two seasons at a community college and didn’t start to excel as a Tiger until his senior year. 

In 2019, though, the kid was a problem for opposing defenses. 

Gibson is listed as a receiver, but he nearly had as many carries (33) as he did catches (38) in his final campaign for Memphis. Of those 71 touches, 12 ended with him standing in the end zone. That’s an absurd ratio and it indicates just how dangerous he is when he’s got the ball. Equally absurd: Those 71 touches went for an average of 15.5 yards.

The Burgundy and Gold certainly crave more field-flipping and scoring plays. Gibson should be able to provide both. But the idea that the two of them could be a perfect match goes beyond just that.

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Scott Turner is now Washington’s offensive coordinator, with the ex-Panthers assistant fresh off of a few years of seeing what Christian McCaffrey could do for Carolina. There’s no doubt he’s already scheming up ways to get Gibson involved in a similar manner.

Now, McCaffrey was obviously a much higher draft choice than Gibson and is someone who’s already proven to be one of the sport’s most dynamic stars. Expecting Gibson to be half of McCaffrey, let alone match him, is far too much, even in April when optimism is as available as oxygen.

But still, the point remains that Gibson will find himself under a coach who flat out knows how to put his versatile options in a place to succeed. Gibson doesn’t need to be McCaffrey, per se; he only needs to be Gibson. That alone should make his first taste of the NFL a productive one.

“I view myself as a weapon,” the 21-year-old said shortly after officially becoming a Redskin. 

That’s a simple evaluation, but football can be a simple game sometimes. The objective is to score touchdowns, and Gibson should help the Redskins in that area right away.

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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. 

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Warriors

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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 Warriors...my 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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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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Redtails

Hogs

Redhawks

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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.

HOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW. OWWW OWWW OWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW.

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.

HOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW. OWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW. OWW OWWW OWWWWWWWW.

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