Bugel staying positive

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Offensive line coach Joe Bugel is upbeat despite the loss of six-time Pro Bowl left tackle Chris Samuels to a serious stinger.

“If it was my first year … I’d probably be in the corner shaking,” said offensive line coach Joe Bugel, who’s in his 32nd season. “We’re playing musical chairs. It’s my job to develop the guys. I don’t care if you get ‘em out of the trash barrel.”

They might not have been in a trash barrel, but neither new left tackle Mike Williams nor new right guard Will Montgomery were in the league this time last year.

Bugel said Williams “has made tremendous improvement” since he began practicing in June once he trimmed down from 415 pounds to 370. Williams now weighs 337. 

The 69-year-old Bugel said he feels good about Montgomery, the fourth right guard in five weeks, whom he called “a tough dude.”

Bugel also said “it’s not over until it’s over” for Samuels, who was hurt last Sunday against Carolina and whose future is in question at 32.

Bugel said “I have a lot of trust in Stephon [Heyer],” who’s moving from right tackle to replace Samuels.

— David Elfin

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David Elfin

David Elfin

David Elfin has been following Washington-area sports teams since the late 1960s. David began his journalism career at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., history) and Syracuse University (M.S., telecommunications). He wrote for the Bulletin (Philadelphia), the Post-Standard (Syracuse) and The Washington Post before coming to The Washington Times in 1986. He has covered colleges, the Orioles ...

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