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Joe Gibbs and Joe Bugel had the same competitive fire despite different personalities

Joe Gibbs and Joe Bugel had the same competitive fire despite different personalities

Following the news of former Redskins offensive line coach Joe Bugel's death at the age of 80 on Sunday, many have shared stories and praise for the man he was on and off the field. Among them was legendary head coach Joe Gibbs, who Bugel worked with from 1981-89 and 2004-07.

“Joe had an incredible passion for the game of football," Gibbs said in a statement. "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."

A touching message, there was one portion of Gibbs' statement that deserved a little more explaining: the late-night spouts over the game plan.

On the latest Redskins Talk Podcast, former Washington offensive lineman Joe Jacoby, a founding member of the "Hogs" offensive line that dominated for the Redskins, shared insight into what those arguments consisted of.

“He goes, ‘There’s many nights we’re putting the game plan together that Joe and I,’ him and Buges, would be close to fisticuffs because of their disagreement with the gameplan and stuff," Jacoby said when recalling a story Gibbs told him. “Buges did have that passion about the game. How he thought, seen it, how it should play out and relayed that all to coach Gibbs."

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Those moments didn't just happen behind closed doors late at night, either. According to Jacoby, who says he owes his career to Bugel, it was easy to hear the OL coach voicing his opinions on what was happening on the field every Sunday. It was in those moments where one could see just how differently the two Joe's carried themselves at times.

"Joe [Bugel] was fiery and everything on the sidelines, he’d be yelling at Joe [Gibbs] what to run and stuff like that," Jacoby said. “Them on the sidelines, and Coach Gibbs and how stoic he was and not showing his emotions and stuff. Well, Buges was the total opposite.”

Despite their differences, the heated back-and-forths were not a full display of their relationship. The two coaches were great friends who shared a passion for the game like no one else. Bugel was a coach who would do anything to see his players succeed, and Gibbs was the same way. However, they had different personalities, as Gibbs was quieter while Bugel was always ready to add in his two cents. 

“I think they both had the same passion, just how they displayed it was a lot different," Jacoby said.

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The tone may have been different, but the passion was always there. That's what made the arguments worth it. Gibbs and Bugel weren't yelling at each other out of spite, but rather as a way to try and get the best out of one another and the team. They have two Super Bowl victories together to show for it.

As for who would have won if those arguments went from "close" to fisticuffs to actual fisticuffs, Jacoby will remain as he did when he was near the arguments during his playing days: impartial.

“I’m going with a draw.”

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This Washington Red Wolves design would be an easy transition from Washington Football Team

This Washington Red Wolves design would be an easy transition from Washington Football Team

There's no shortage of Washington Red Wolves concepts out there, and considering it's the overwhelming fan favorite for the Washington Football Team's next name, are we really surprised?

The common theme of some of these Red Wolves designs is that they aren't exactly practical. Yeah, they're really cool, but are they something an NFL franchise would adopt, or is it something you'd only use in Madden? 

One of the latest Red Wolves concepts doesn't fall under that umbrella, and it might be most realistic option we've seen, especially when you consider the team's rebranding to Washington Football team. 

This design combines the wolf with the "W" in the logo, and while it's not exactly the team's new "W" logo, it could be easily modified. Then the uniforms don't veer too far away from what the team already has. 

"The logo also features two stripes going across the top of the letter, which symbolizes the two stripes on the D.C. flag," designer Matthew Harvey said. "The logo is to embrace the name of the red wolf as a fierce animal, as well as pay tribute in the style to the "Red Wolves" military helicopters. The logo, I feel, captures the feeling of both military and animal in this design.

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There appears to be a disconnect between Red Wolves fans and the field when it comes to the team's new name. Red Wolves hysteria has grown so big they reject every option that isn't their own, while those not in favor of it fear it's a bit too unorthodox. 

This design may be able to bring those two sides together, and while the fans won't have the final say in the team's permanent name, a united fanbase would be harder to ignore. 

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Eagles head coach Doug Pederson tests positive for coronavirus

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson tests positive for coronavirus

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has tested positive for coronavirus, the team confirmed on Sunday. Pederson is currently asymptomatic and following the established protocol which includes a self-quarantine.

Pederson is the second NFL head coach to contract the virus, as New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton shared that he tested positive back in March. 

Positive tests throughout the league come as no surprise as the pandemic continues on and players and staff begin to report to training camp. The situation around the league is a reminder of the health and safety risks that come with football restarting.

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Players and coaches are aware of that, and many have already announced that they are opting out of the 2020 NFL season. In Washington, Caleb Brantley is the only member of the roster to have removed himself from the campaign so far.

By Wednesday, August 5, all players will reportedly have to decide whether or not they will participate in the season as the league has set an opt-out deadline for that day. With 40 or so players already withdrawing and COVID-19 not going away in the near future, that number is likely to increase.

Though the NFL is working hard to put the proper protocols in place, the results from initial tests show that challenges remain. 

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