Ravens offensive line coach Andy Moeller has been suspended by the NFL for the first two games of the season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
In April, he was sentenced to two years of supervised probation after being found guilty of driving while impaired by alcohol.
“We knew this was coming and we prepared for it,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said.
Todd Washington, a former NFL player who was hired as the Ravens’ assistant line coach this year, will take over for Moeller during the suspension.
“Todd’s done a very good job,” Harbaugh said. “Obviously, it’s always a group effort. Andy set things up very well.”
Moeller, 47, was stopped Sept. 18 by a state trooper on the outer loop of the Beltway at Greenspring Avenue after going 70 mph in a 55 mph zone, according to police records. He had a strong odor of alcohol and stumbled during a sobriety test, according to the statement of facts presented by the prosecution.
This marked the third time since December 2007 that Moeller had been arrested on alcohol-related charges. He was acquitted of driving while under the influence in May 2010 and was given probation for driving while visibly impaired in Ann Arbor, Mich., in 2007.
Moeller was promoted from assistant offensive line coach when the Ravens fired John Matsko four days after the playoff loss at Pittsburgh.
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti indicated at the end of the season that this is Moeller's "final chance."
"He's either going to get it under control or he's going to spend a lifetime of misery like other people that are affected by that," Bisciotti said in January. "We're behind him as long as he earns trust and continues to earn that trust. But he knows he's one step away from not being a Raven and then probably not being in the NFL at all."
This marks the second league suspension for the Ravens this season. Wide receiver David Reed was suspended for one game – Sunday’s season opener against Pittsburgh – for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun