Old NFL coach Joe Bugel dies at 80

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Joe Bugel, who for many years was widely regarded as the NFL’s best offensive line coach, died at the age of 80.

When Joe Gibbs became Washington’s head coach in 1981, he brought Bugel with him as offensive line coach, and also gave Bugel the titles of offensive coordinator and assistant coach. Bugel quickly built the offensive line, which he collectively referred to as “The Hogs” in a force to reckon with in the NFL, and Bugel (sometimes known as “Boss Hog”) won two Super Bowl rings.

His stellar job in Washington gave Bugel the job of head coach with the Phoenix Cardinals, where he was less successful: although he came with great fanfare and the promise to train the same type of physical and tough soccer players as his Hogs, he never it worked in Phoenix, as the Cardinals finished below .500 in their four seasons.

Later, Bugel landed another job as head coach, with the Oakland Raiders in 1997, but it didn’t work well either: the Raiders were 4-12 and Bugel was fired after a year.

When Gibbs became Washington’s head coach again in 2004, he again hired Bugel, who stayed in Washington until he retired from training after the 2009 season.

Bugel also spent time as an assistant coach at Western Kentucky, Navy, Iowa State, and Ohio State, as well as with the Lions, Houston Oilers, and San Diego Chargers.