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How about a second Coach Dad?


Assuming that the rumors about Arians being shown the door are true, let's talk about an opportunity to upgrade the offensive line by bringing in the best damn offensive line coach who ever lived.

If Arians is leaving, his successor will focus on improving an offensive line that has improved, but is nowhere near where it should be. And his successor will have the opportunity to bring in someone who has spent decades forging some of the greatest offensive lines ever. He's not as old as LeBeau, but he's close. Like LeBeau, he's not been successful as a head coach, but he's been a legendary assistant coach and his players absolutely love and adore the man. And he's a Pittsburgh guy.

I'm talking about "Joe Buges"

The Redskins have just fired Head Coach Jim Zorn, and his entire coaching staff may be let go. And that includes legendary Boss Hog Joe Bugel. He's the guy who created and named "The Hogs," the Redskins' offensive line of the 1980's. But he also created magic in Houston, when he took an Oilers team without star Earl Campbell and schemed them to victory over heavily-favored San Diego with a bunch of who-dats in the backfield including Boobie Clark. He makes lemonade out of lemons, and stars out of anonymous who-dats.

He's been offensive line coach with the Redskins (his second stint) since 2004, but they haven't drafted an offensive lineman in the first or second round since 2002, and he has had absolutely nothing to work with. They have literally taken guys off the street and had them starting two weeks later. Nobody, and I mean nobody could have crafted a good offensive line with the injuries, the dearth of talent, and the anarchy that was the Snyder/Cerrato Redfaces of the past several years.

I know Joe Bugel is 69 years old, but he'll always be younger than LeBeau. Buges is a native Pittsburgher, and yinz can hear that every time he opens his mouth. He is a great, great, great teacher - a master of technique - and a superb motivator. I'm not sure we could get a hometown discount (snark), but I think Pittsburgh would make a great final line on the resume of one of the most respected coaches in the game.

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