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Should Redskins change name?
The Washington Redskins have faced constant, if not always heavy, pressure to change their name in recent years. This week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled the team's trademarks on the basis that the name is "disparaging to Native Americans." The ruling is being appealed and affects only trademarks registered between 1967 and 1990, meaning the current logo is still protected. Still, it's another example of the growing movement against this long-standing moniker.
DeSean Jackson joins Redskins
DeSean Jackson's time on the unemployment line ended rather quickly as the star wide receiver has signed a 3-year deal with the Redskins after being unceremoniously released by the Eagles days earlier. It could be a risky move given Jackson's reported off-field issues, not to mention that the Redskins are being guided this season by a first-year NFL coach in Jay Gruden. Will this add up to disaster or will it be one of the shrewdest moves off the offseason?
Redskins hire Jay Gruden
The Redskins didn't waste much time finding a replacement for Mike Shanahan, reportedly hiring Jay Gruden as their next head coach. Gruden, the brother of former head coach and current ESPN analyst Jon Gruden, helped bring the Bengals to the playoffs in each of his three seasons as the team's offensive coordinator, although they had difficulty translating their high-powered offense to the postseason. Gruden's task is clear, if difficult: help Robert Griffin III regain his 2012 form and turn Washington into a team that contends for -- and wins -- Super Bowls.
Redskins fire Shanahan
The Mike Shanahan era is over in Washington. The Redskins fired their coach after the team plunged from NFC East champions to the division basement and lost their final eight games. While many will blame Shanahan's departure on his testy relationship with quarterback Robert Griffin III, it's worth noting that he went 24-40 in four seasons in Washington and posted the same winning percentage as his two predecessors, Steve Spurrier and Jim Zorn. It remains to be seen if the next coach -- the eighth hired by owner Daniel Snyder in his 15-year tenure -- will turn things around.