Earlier this week, it was leaked by former Washington Football Team quarterback and NFL broadcaster Joe Theismann that the team would be changing their name to the Washington Commanders. That speculation became even more clarified when a local news helicopter spied the name “Commanders” inside the stadium on Tuesday night.

Wednesday morning, the team made it official as they unveiled their new team name, logo, and uniforms.

The name change has been met with some less than stellar reviews from the sports world on social media.

Owner Dan Snyder addressed the leak of the team name when addressing the public to announce the Commanders’ name, saying “welcome to not the best-kept secret in Washington…We are the Washington Commanders”

Washington Commanders defensive lineman Jonathan Allen said this morning that the new name was met with mixed reviews in the locker room when they first heard the news as well.

“It was kinda like the internet, it was about 50/50 for us,” said Allen. “Half the players loved it and half didn’t. It’s hard to love something when you only hear the name. You have to hear the name, see the uniforms, see the environment and culture. It’s more than just a name, it’s an entire rebrand for the entire organization.”


The name will surely catch on as we move forward, but it honestly felt like the name Washington Football Team was starting to stick for many. Hopefully, Allen’s comments are true and this is a real culture change for the team going forward because the city of Washington certainly needs one given their troubling past under Snyder.


About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.