Ron Rivera collaborating with Dan Snyder on new team name

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It’s happening. . . .

Washington owner Dan Snyder is working on a name change for the team, coach Ron Rivera told The Washington Post in a Saturday interview. Rivera hopes the change can happen in the next two months.

“If we get it done in time for the season, it would be awesome,” Rivera told Les Carpenter.

Rivera indicated he and Snyder were discussing a name change even before sponsors such as FedEx, Nike and Pepsi applied pressure to eliminate a dictionary-defined racial slur. Snyder talked to NFL officials about it some 2 1/2 weeks ago, according to Rivera, and the owner is ready to make a change he once vowed would never happen.

The team issued a statement Friday, announcing it was conducting “a thorough review” of the name.

Rivera, who is on vacation, said Snyder has called him to discuss names. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins is among those who support Red Tails as the new name of the franchise.

Rivera did not share any of the possible team names he has discussed with Snyder.

“We came up with a couple of names,” Rivera said. “Two of them I really like.”

The most important criteria for a new name is that it respects Native American culture and traditions and also serves as a tribute to the military, Rivera said. Rivera is the son of an Army officer who grew up on military bases.

“We want to do this in a positive way,” Rivera said, adding they want to ensure the name won’t be “a joke.”

Rivera, who was hired Dec. 31, told a Chicago radio station last week that the team name was “a discussion for another time.” He clarified Saturday, saying he believes the death of George Floyd on May 25 and the protests that followed — the reason for his interview with the radio station — was a separate issue from the dispute over the team name. Rivera added that he did not want to discuss the issue with a radio station in another market.

But Rivera, one of only four minority coaches in the NFL, made clear in the interview with Carpenter that he believes it’s time for the team name to change.

“It was hard to fathom that it was in any way a racist thing, to be honest with you,” Rivera said rooting for the team during the time he spent in the Washington area as a kid. “Now, putting it in perspective, there’s been a change.

“My eyes are wide open.”

39 responses to “Ron Rivera collaborating with Dan Snyder on new team name

  1. When AZ finally got a MLB team, ownership came up with 5 nicknames and opened it up to fan vote. Diamond Backs (Dbacks) was the winner.

  2. Ridiculous. 90% of native Americans aren’t even offended by the name.

  3. Letting a coach that’ll be fired in 3 years in on a team name change?

    Bold move

  4. Red Tails sounds fine. I also heard Redhawks, which is a good one. Something where they won’t need much uniform/logo/color changing. Racist or not, they definitely sound better than Redskins anyway.

  5. I don’t normally leak inside info but I have been informed the new name will by the Washington Ron Snyders.

  6. Yeah, they were all behind it from the start. Right. They weren’t forced into it. Oh, my bridge is back on the market if anyone is interested.

  7. Why would Rivera be included in the discussion? He’s a head coach that will most likely be fired within 4 years.

  8. No matter what name they come up with,The haters will have or find something negative to say!

  9. Maryland Football Club. Least offensive option.

    That’s totally offensive to the residents of the state of Maryland who don’t support the Redskins

  10. If Snyder is such a brilliant businessman; why can’t he hire a professional PR firm to figure this out and not a person who’s job it is to coach football players; not make sensitive political decisions.

    I have NO idea why the minority owners haven’t forced this incompetent failure out as owner by now!

    This is yet another example of how he can’t hire the right for the appropriate jobs, or make the right decisions!

    It’s completely ridiculous for him to put Rivera in this situation and to hide behind him instead of stepping up and owning it!

  11. I think the name should reflect the original tribute to the native Americans. So the only sensible group to decide the new name is the Native Americans. That’s what Florida State did. Worked with the Seminole tribe to create a “brand” that worked for all.

  12. sbc2556 says:
    July 5, 2020 at 9:35 am

    I have NO idea why the minority owners haven’t forced this incompetent failure out as owner by now!

    You answered your own question… they are minority owners. He is the majority owner.

  13. Whatever we end up doing I hope it comes with updated uniforms. Keep the same color scheme but please change the uniforms. I love the Redhawks.

  14. I still say Washington Buffalo Nickels & they wouldn’t even have to change the picture that much. They’d be named after money, who doesn’t like money?

  15. This must be the time for that discussion that rivera was talking about

  16. If it is going to have something to do with the military, it would seem Red Talis, Pentagons, Generals, Warriors, Heroes or something like that would be on list. Not sure Red Hawks or other names floated would fit. Can’t see the logo surviving this. Maybe a year with no logo on the helmet at all?

  17. Maybe they could buy the New Jersey Generals name and logo off of Trump, from the old USFL.

  18. How about just getting Oklahoma City to build them a new stadium and relocating the franchise?

  19. Two name options to consider:
    The Washington Tribe
    The Washington Federals [will require copyright negotiation]

  20. Anything that Haskins-Robbins wants is to be shunned at all costs.

    Rename the team the Washington Airmen, fire Haskins, draft a real QB who can throw, and we have the offense to match the airmen name.

    Or, keep Haskins-Robbins who throws multiflavored interceptions per game, and name the team the Cupcakes and be done with it.

    It won’t take long for some first squatter woman who loves women to whine that the Red Tails are picking on first squatter squaws.

  21. Hi. I almost never comment here but I’d like to give my opinion. My grandfather was a pure-blooded Mohawk and a Mohawk ancestor of mine was a famous war commander.

    I’ve been offended by the Redskins name since I was a child and first heard what it was. Anyone who says a nickname that is a slur on the color of a person’s skin can honor that person is delusional. And any Native American (by which I don’t mean white people who claim 1/32nd native heritage through some person they never met) who feels honored by it is also delusional.

    I feel like there’s a scale on Native nicknames. At one end is Redskins, an actual slur that was once actually used as a label in the official practice of natives being murdered for bounties. Then there’s the generic labels like Indians, Chiefs, Braves. There are the actual tribe names like Seminoles, or the name of a single man like Blackhawks. Those, I could believe that you were trying to honor something, IF you encouraged participation from members of that tribe or the family of that man.

    I can’t speak for everyone and I’m sure some people will be offended regardless. Because let’s face it, making a Native a sports mascot of any kind in this land is a mockery. But there are worse mockeries and other ones that aren’t so bad.

    I would encourage Dan Snyder to seek out a specific Native leader to honor with the name. Crazy Horse, perhaps. Or, to remain close to the original name, Red Cloud. Keep your colors and helmet and change the Redskin head to an accurate portrait of the man. Locate his ancestors and involve them, and I don’t mean bring them in for an empty ceremony, I mean give them jobs. Raise a statue of him outside the stadium.

    All this is several times more thoughtful than I expect Snyder is capable of being, but if you want to know what would get me on board, that’s it. And if you are going to mock me for being demanding or say it’s Snyder’s money to do what he wants, I don’t care what you think. I can’t force a billionaire to do anything, but I can go on hating his team if I want to.

  22. If I were an NFL owner the ONLY thing I’d be dicussing right now is selling the team before the bottom falls out and it’s worth 1/2 as much or less!

    The glory days of the NFL making billions/yr are over and they don’t even realize it yet!

  23. paulkemezis says:

    And any Native American (by which I don’t mean white people who claim 1/32nd native heritage)


    The current logo was proposed by Walter Wetzel, a former Blackfeet tribal chairman and past president of the National Congress of American Indians. I don’t think he intended the image to be disrespectful.

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