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NY Jets offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo admits rotation between Matt Slauson and Vlad Ducasse wasn't his idea

Tom Gannam/AP

In a week when the Jets are praying for a win and Bart Scott ripped his own team’s fans, offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo kept the chaos coming. A feisty DeGuglielmo said Thursday that the rotation at left guard between Matt Slauson and Vlad Ducasse was “a directive from high above me.”

Though he never stated his opposition, that directive did not seem to agree with DeGuglielmo. The offensive line coach said of Ducasse, “He’s playing well enough to be an every third series guy. Maybe.”

Rex Ryan said the platoon was his decision.

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The rotation was the most substantive part of a bizarre press conference with DeGuglielmo, who was speaking for the first time since training camp. The offensive line coach walked in with hostility, cutting off a reporter to make a statement on a complaint he received from the league about his lack of access to the media. As an assistant coach, DeGuglielmo was required to speak during the Jets’ bye week, but did not and has not since.

“I made a commitment to speak to you people on the bye week, OK? I was sitting here Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday,” said DeGuglielmo. “If anybody needed to speak with me, I was here. It’s not my job to find you.”

The Jets’ facility was closed during the bye week, which also happened to be the week of Hurricane Sandy.  

Asked about the perception that the offensive line has regressed, DeGuglielmo said, “I know I get comments from my boss, his boss and even his boss. And the owner. And they don’t seem to be dissatisfied.”

He begrudgingly explained why the offensive line receives all the blame for an offense that struggles.

“When the running game doesn’t go well, it doesn’t matter who’s carrying the ball,” said DeGuglielmo. “It goes on (the O-line). It could be holes as big as this room.”

“If it’s a sack issue, immediately everyone’s looking in one direction. If it’s a run game issue, immediately everyone’s looking in one direction,” DeGuglielmo added. “Have you ever heard, ‘Boy those tight ends didn’t block well today. Those tight ends had a s----- year blocking?’”

REX KEEPS THE FAITH

Despite Rex Ryan’s preseason claims that he was the best defensive coach in football and his defense would finish in the top five, the Jets’ defensive unit has not lived up to expectations. The Jets are 19th in total yards allowed on the season.

Ryan, half-jokingly said, “(It) certainly looks that way right now. I’m not willing to concede anything yet. Because you know what: I don’t know anything different. We’ve got five games left.”

Ryan, as usual, expressed confidence in the players.

“I believe in myself,” he said Ryan. “I believe in the guys that are with me. I know everybody’s tired of it, but that’s the case.”

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Time to burn it all down, and it build new.

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Becomes more obvious every day. This leadership group is TERRIBLE.

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Becomes more obvious every day. This leadership group is TERRIBLE.

Reminds me of Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now, leaving that one outpost on the river "There's no C.O. here."

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Reminds me of Bluto propping a ladder on the window of Constance Frye to smell her feet, and being forced to watch her undress

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The rats are ready to jump off this sinking ship

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Herman Edwards never had people showing this my disloyalty. I knew they should have stuck with him. They would have had 2 Super Bowls by now.

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I wish I could say I couldn't believe it, but with this franchise anything is believable.

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Herman Edwards never had people showing this my disloyalty. I knew they should have stuck with him. They would have had 2 Super Bowls by now.

I love Herman Edwards.

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When you start losing all hell breaks loose- whether it is fact or not

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There is a reason they haven't let this guy talk to the press all year.

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Come on, guys. Rex has earned another year.

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yeah... we've known this all year. they have to decide if Vlad is the future. Sounds like it's a no.

bfd.

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Vlad is probably a starting guard next year for us. This shouldn't come as a surprise.

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yeah... we've known this all year. they have to decide if Vlad is the future. Sounds like it's a no.

bfd.

Time to fire the guy who gave him a 1st round grade.

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Rex feels it, he believes, so STFU!

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This is the same guy that said all of the wonderful things about the great Wayne Hunter

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I thought this guy was found dead in his office, something about Wayne Hunter not being our RT?

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I think this confirms that Vlad is a stiff. We had been fed this line of BS that he was improving and deserved time, that's obviously untrue. He is still having his lunch eaten by Slauson...which is sad.

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ducasse actually does a good job in the run game. He's not bad.

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So the OL coach, who is a professional, who works with and has worked with lineman and has made a career of working with lineman and, particular, the Jets linemen, says he's being overruled in his assessment of one of his player, by someone above him, even above his "boss". The player in question has been underwhelming and has failed to crack the starting lineup for years, and cannot win the guard position currently held by a mediocre former 6th round pick. DeGugliemlmo has to be furious, or looking for another job or both, in order to come out and tell the truth about how this organization is run. It's big indictment of the FO. How long before Sporano steps up and admits Tebow was a waste of time and has a mandatory play count from week to week? I'm finding it hard to justify rooting for this team. Every pretense of being a "football" organizatioin has been dropped. This is a business with a business model in place that puts on-field success way below financial success in its list of priorities. And they aren't even pretending to be a team anymore. Just a money machine. Nothing else. You can't get enough Tebow.

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Every pretense of being a "football" organizatioin has been dropped. This is a business with a business model in place that puts on-field success way below financial success in its list of priorities. And they aren't even pretending to be a team anymore. Just a money machine. Nothing else. You can't get enough Tebow.

believe it or not, that's every team in the league. it's all about money, always.

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believe it or not, that's every team in the league. it's all about money, always.

Most organizations are smart enough to realize winning = money.

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ducasse actually does a good job in the run game. He's not bad.

Right. We've never had a bad draft pick. Gholston was just coming around when we let him go. Wilson is still a "project". Hill is still a "project". Sanchez just needs to "mature". Greene needs a better line. The line is actually pretty good. Ducasse is actually good in the run game. Coples needs time to develop.

Trader Mike must be gone. The beans have been counted and he's come up short one time too many.

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