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More Jets turmoil: O-line coach says he’s being forced to play Vladimir Ducasse

Posted By Mike Neff On November 30, 2012 @ 1:26 pm In Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Jets offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo said it hasn’€™t been his decision [1] to play guard Vladimir Ducasse. And he doesn’€™t seem too happy about it.

‘€œIt’s directed from high above me,’€ DeGuglielmo said. ‘€œThat’s something higher than me.’€

Ducasse, a former UMass standout, was New York’s second-round pick in 2010. He’€™s been replacing Matt Slauson every third series.

“Nobody tells me directly where it’s coming from,’€ said DeGuglielmo, who grew up in Lexington, played football at Boston University and is in his first year coaching with the Jets. ‘€œI just get the word that this guy’s going in. Coordinator tells me what to do, I do it.”

Coach Rex Ryan [2] later said he was the one allotting playing time for Ducasse. DeGuglielmo, however, didn’€™t seem too enthusiastic about the player.

‘€œHe’€™s played well enough to be an every third series guy,’€ DeGuglielmo said. ‘€œMaybe.’€

Slauson, a 2009 sixth-round pick from Nebraska, is more DeGuglielmo’s style.

“Slauson is a big, tough, smart, strong kid,” the coach said. “That’s what he is. There are too few of those guys in the world.”

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[1] hasn’€™t been his decision: http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2012/11/jets_o-line_coach_dave_degugli.html

[2] Rex Ryan: http://media.weei.com/football/rex-ryan.htm

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