Joe Bugel, Washington Redskins offensive coordinator, has turned down an offer to become head coach of the new Pittsburgh franchise of the U.S. Football League and will remain with the Redskins.
"I weighed all the avenues and everything came up National Football League and Redskins. I'm staying right where I am," said Bugel, 43, the man known as Boss Hog for crafting the Redskins' offensive line since 1981.
"I have no second thoughts about it. I was very flattered that they considered me, but right now I'm perfectly happy where I am: with (Coach) Joe Gibbs and the Redskins," said Bugel, who is in the final year of a three-year contract.
"For Joe to be considered for a head coaching job is to his credit," Gibbs said late today. "For him to want to remain here is a credit to the Redskins' organization."
George Heddleston, general manager of the Pittsburgh franchise, could not be reached for comment.
Before coming to the Redskins, Bugel had coached offensive lines for 16 years, 10 years in the colleges. Bugel coached the Houston Oilers' offensive line from 1977-80. In 1978, the Oilers led the league in fewest sacks allowed and in 1980, they set club passing and rushing records.
"He's the head man, the guy who keeps everything going," said Mark May, offensive guard. "I'm glad he's staying, but it's probably just a matter of time before he gets a head coaching job in the NFL."
Bugel said, "In the back of your mind, you always hope that you get the opportunity to become a head coach in this league. But I'm in no hurry. As long as you keep on doing a good job, good things are going to happen to you."
The Redskins cut seven players today to reduce their roster to 98 players. The players cut were linebackers Fred Orgas, Joe Hines and John Prassas, defensive end Ken Brown, tight end Gerald Toney, defensive tackle Kevin Kellin and wide receiver Cris Crissy.