The NFL has the power to suspend its players when they violate either the league’s substance abuse policy or its personal conduct policy.
Apparently, coaches can be subject to suspensions for similar violations, as well.
Ravens offensive line coach Andy Moeller has been suspended two games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy after being found guilty of a September DWI.
The Ravens will have assistant offensive line coach Todd Washington handle Moeller’s duties in his absence.
“We knew this was coming, and we prepared for it,” head coach John Harbaugh said today. “Todd’s done a very good job, he’s a very good coach. It’s always a group effort in coaching, the whole offensive staff. Andy obviously set things up very well. It’s a group effort, and he’s done well.”
Moeller, 47, was promoted from assistant offensive line coach when the Ravens fired John Matsko back in January. The DWI last September was Moeller’s third alcohol-related incident since December of 2007.
This is Washington’s first year on the Ravens’ coaching staff. The former Buccaneers fourth-round draft pick spent one year as the University of San Diego’s offensive coordinator and was most recently the offensive line coach for the UFL’s Hartford Colonials in 2010.
I guess it makes sense that coaches could be subject to suspensions, as the players are, but it happens so infrequently that even center Matt Birk said he was surprised to hear that Moeller had gotten a two-game ban from the league.
“I guess I was a little bit, because I didn’t realize it was possible,” Birk said. “But that’s the way it is, and we’ll just keep going on. That’s what you do. We’re well prepared and we’ll play hard.”
Birk said he doesn’t expect any changes to the Ravens’ O-line with Moeller out.
“It’s pretty much the same,” Birk said. “They’re different personalities, different guys, but coming into training camp, Coach Moeller and Coach Washington are on the same page on how we do things around here. It really hasn’t changed a whole lot.”
Moeller is the second member of the Ravens organization to be suspended this week; wide receiver David Reed was given a one-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.