By Grant E. Doepel @GrantDoepel on May 20, 2014
With the Charlotte Bobcats changing their name back to the Hornets, I got to thinking about a few teams in the NFL who could benefit from changing their names. Some of my choices might be obvious (hello Washington), while others might be surprising.
What kind of name is that, "The Cleveland Browns"? After years of jokes ("if it's brown, flush it down" for example), Cleveland could benefit from a name change.
Suggested names: Martyrs, Albatross, Dawgs, Stonewallers
This is a tough one, as the name fits the area of Miami. However, there isn't anything too intimidating about a dolphin wearing a helmet.
Suggested names: Flares, Warriors, Crocs, Cougars
Aside from the Browns, the Houston Texans might showcase the most boring name in all of the NFL. While the colors are appealing, nothing about the "Texans" name resonates outside of the great state.
Suggested names: Oilers (bring it back!), Longhorns, Coyotes, Gladiators
Not a bad name, but it still leaves a lot left to be desired. With such a diverse atmosphere as San Diego, there has to be better options.
Suggested Names: Bandits, Cyclones, Mercenaries, Seafarers
Known as one of the most physical and ruthless franchises in all sports, Chicago and Bears go hand in hand. But is it possible to give the team a name that is a little more intimidating?
Suggested Names: Mob, Scrapers, Zephyrs, Hustlers, Gangsters, Windseekers
Giants -- one of the more lackluster names in the NFL. Surely the team located in the heart of the nation should have a more impressive name, right?
Suggested Names: Hawks, Kingpins, Wolverines
It seems as though everyone uses the Cardinals, regardless of the sport. So why shouldn't the Cardinals be more unique?
Suggested Names: Apaches, Bobcats, Firebirds
For the last few decades, the Buffalo Bills have done very little to instill excitement. Their name, logo, uniforms, etc. have all been a letdown for a complacent (and diminishing) fanbase. It's time to give the fans something to rally around.
Suggested Names: Avalanche, Gunslingers, Hyenas, 45s
Yes, the 49ers don't have that bad of a name. But for the sake of argument, isn't there a way to update the name a bit?
Suggested Names: Niners (simple), Rush, Spartans, Golden Hawks
As anyone who follows the NFL knows, it is only a matter of time before the Washington Redskins are forced to change their name. Hopefully, for their sake, the name change coincides with new colors and uniforms.
Suggested Names: Admirals, Warriors, Lightning, Anything besides Redskins, Mercenaries, Mustangs
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