Well, of course, there are mixed feelings. Joe Bugel was the architect of (arguably) the most dominant offensive line in football history. The Hogs were masters of the trenches for over a decade. The Hogs WERE Joe Bugel.
With the announcement of his retirement, an era ends. He was Joe Gibbs workhorse assistant for his entire run as head coach. He is the last vestige of Gibbs influence on the team.
This past season’s offensive line is largely viewed as a disaster… yet, they were not the worst in the league, despite, in some cases, using a 4th or even 5th option to man a position on short notice. LT Chris Samuels and RG Randy Thomas went down with season… possibly career… ending injuries early in the season. He was forced to resort to a merry-go-round of journeyman and marginal talent to maintain a running game and to protect Campbell.
That Campbell was not on his back on every single pass play may well have been a testament to Bugel’s ability to get the most from the tools he was given.
How fitting would it be, for Russ Grimm to be elected to the HOF, as a celebration of old “Boss Hog’s” career?
Hail, Coach Bugel. Thanks for many irreplaceable memories… and for a legacy that cannot be forgotten. If ever an assistant coach deserved consideration for the Hall of Fame… this man is the one.
Enjoy your retirement!