“Boss Hog” Joe Bugel has passed away

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Former Washington Redskins coach Joe Bugel has passed away. He died on Sunday. 

An official cause of death has not been announced yet. Bugel was 80. 

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“I am absolutely devastated by the news of Joe’s passing,” Redskins owner Daniel Snyder said. “Joe was a larger than life figure and a true legend of his profession. He exemplified what it meant to be a Redskin with his character and ability to connect with his players along with a work ethic that was unmatched. We shared a special bond and he was a great friend. He was a man who not only gave me a better understanding of the game of football, but who also gave me perspective on what is truly important in life.

“I absolutely adored him and will miss him terribly. Tanya and I would like to extend our deepest condolences to Brenda and the entire Bugel family during this time.”

He is best remembered for creating “The Hogs,” nickname for the Redskins offensive line. Bugel was also nicknamed the “Boss Hog.”

He last coached in the NFL in 2009 with the Redskins. He was the Redskins offensive line coach from 2004 through 2009. 

He also spent several seasons as the offensive line coach for the San Diego Chargers from 1998-2001. He also spent one season as the Oakland Raiders head coach in 1997. 

Besides being the Raiders head coach, he spent two seasons as their assistant head coach for offense in 1995 and 1996. Bugel also was the Phoenix Cardinals head coach from 1990-1993. 

He also worked for the Redskins again from 1981 through 1989. Bugel also coached in the NFL with the Detroit Lions and the Houston Oilers. 

The veteran coach also coached at Western Kentucky, Navy, Iowa State, and Ohio State.

“Joe had an incredible passion for the game of football,” former Redskins head coach and Hall of Famer Joe Gibbs said. “He came to work every day with such great excitement and his players had tremendous respect for him. The strength of our coaching staff on both sides of the ball was a key reason we had so much success. Bugel was such a big part of that and his impact was felt not only by those Redskins’ teams, but truly across the entire League. 

“I will miss his friendship and I will always cherish our late-night arguments putting together the game plan each week. Pat and I will be praying for his wife Brenda, his girls, and their entire family.”

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