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Chris Cooley doesn't love temporary WFT name, but is happy process wasn't rushed

Chris Cooley doesn't love temporary WFT name, but is happy process wasn't rushed

For the 2020 season, Washington will be known as the Washington Football Team, a temporary name change while the franchise decides on what the next permanent moniker will be. Some are in favor of the name itself, appreciating the simplicity. Others don't love the name, but are fine with the team waiting to get the impactful decision correct.

Former Washington tight end Chris Cooley is firmly in the latter faction. Speaking with Kevin Sheehan on The Kevin Sheehan Show, Cooley explained his mixed feelings toward the somewhat generic name.

The nine-year pro started off by saying he "actually" liked the name. But, upon elaboration, Cooley noted that it wasn't the actual moniker that he enjoyed, but rather the process that went into the choice. With the decision to retire the old name progressing rapidly, Cooley didn't like the idea of settling on a permanent new brand immediately.

“I think that it was a really rushed process to end up getting rid of the name," Cooley said. "So to just jump into a brand new name is not something that seems like a great idea.”

Though he's fine with that aspect, Washington Football Team is not a name that gets Cooley very excited. The first reason is that he feels it is "a mouthful” to say on a normal basis. Some had suggested going with Washington Football Club and shortening it to "Washington FC". Instead, the only real nickname is "Washington FT" and Cooley doesn't believe that rolls off the tongue the same.

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Additionally, while simplifying the name in 2020 erased negative connotations while also giving the team time to think toward the future, the current name can be viewed as bland. To Cooley, the one-year brand doesn't have much excitement to it.

“Theoretically, our team is the football team. That’s what we’re called," Cooley said. "Our mascot is a football player because we are the football team. The Washington Football Team.”

So, if Cooley isn't a huge fan of the current name, is there another that he likes? Not particularly.

“I didn’t love any of the proposed names by the internet," Cooley said.

He noted that the Red Wolves movement has not swept him up, and the Warriors idea doesn't interest him either. 

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For those like Cooley who aren't infatuated by the new name, the bright side is it is considered only temporary by those calling the shots. However, some have not ruled out the idea of the current moniker staying long term. In Cooley's mind, there's one situation that could make that a possibility.

“If you win as the Washington Football team, it makes it harder to change," Cooley said. 

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Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury admits his iconic draft photo was staged

Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury admits his iconic draft photo was staged

Of all the moments that arose from the one-of-a-kind 2020 NFL Draft, the view inside Kliff Kingsbury’s house was easily the most memorable.

The Arizona Cardinals' head coach was pictured on draft night in an iconic photo at his insanely beautiful house, which quickly went viral. However, in a pre-camp interview on Wednesday, Kingsbury admitted that the photo was indeed staged.

"Going into it I knew I was going to be super extra in the picture," Kingsbury said. "I do think the fire –– it was 100 degrees and sunny –– was a bit much, but I laid four phones on the table because the NFL gave us a couple...all the screens, I just wanted to make it as extra as possible and it turned out good. It made for fun."

The photo featured Kingsbury lounging on his couch during the draft with four cell phones, a laptop and two computer screens on the table in front of him, which he later claimed he had “just in case” something went technologically wrong. The viral picture also showed a view of the coach’s backyard with a huge outdoor kitchen, firepit in the middle and stunning view of the mountains in the background.

While the photo was staged, his house is completely real. Kingsbury purchased the 7,000 square-foot house in Paradise Valley, Ariz. for $4.45 million in 2019 after joining the Cardinals. 

If he ever has to take part in a virtual draft again, Kingsbury has ideas for the next go-around. 

"The NFL only allowed us to have one person at the house or I might've had some people on the float swans in the back, or a DJ, really doing it big. There's always next year, hopefully."

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Best social reactions to Washington Football Team's new helmets

Best social reactions to Washington Football Team's new helmets

The Washington Football team on Wednesday released an up close and personal look of all angles of their new helmets set to debut this season, and let’s just say they received the stamp of approval by many.

We’re not the only ones that stan a classic, crisp, clean look of the burgundy and gold. Big time D.C. sports fan and rapper Wale retweeted the reveal with the caption “We love to see”, confirmation that the award-winning singer is on board with the new vision. Dale Earnhardt Jr. also kept his reaction short and sweet with a GIF, followed by a “they look amazing” tweet.

On the other hand, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reacted by providing us with some bold predictions for the upcoming season. Ready for these hot takes? Florio’s first prediction is that “if Washington makes the playoffs in 2020, they'll remain the 'Washington Football Team' for at least two more years.” His second prediction reads “if they somehow make it to the Super Bowl (stranger things have happened), 'Washington Football Team' will become the new name.”

We don’t plan on ruling out any possibilities, but just know we have this one bookmarked. 

 

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