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More Jets turmoil: O-line coach says he’s being forced to play Vladimir Ducasse 11.30.12 at 1:26 pm ET
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Jets offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo said it hasn’€™t been his decision 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 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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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Jets players defend Mark Sanchez 01.12.12 at 7:51 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

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MLS: Draft, noon (ESPN2)


‘™¦ Following Wednesday’s New York Daily News story in which unnamed Jets players blasted Mark Sanchez for being “lazy and content,” some players came to the quarterback’s defense.

“It was completely false,” offensive lineman Matt Slauson said. “Mark is the hardest-working quarterback I’ve every played with. He puts in more time than anyone. Every since he came in he’s been all about improving the team and winning. His whole life is about making the Jets the No. 1 team in the NFL.”

Added defensive lineman Marcus Dixon: “Whoever said all that, they’re out of their minds and just trippin’. You can’t blame a season on one guy. I mean, come on. It’s all unfair. We have Mark Sanchez. He’s our quarterback. He’s our guy. And that’s how just about everyone in that locker room feels.”

‘™¦ Longtime sports agent Leigh Steinberg, the inspiration for the movie “Jerry Maguire,” filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday in Santa Ana, Calif.

“I just lost track while I was in rehab,” Steinberg said, acknowledging he has had an alcohol problem but insisting he has been sober since 2010.

‘™¦ Former NBA player J.R. Smith is still in China, locked into a contract with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls. Apparently, his sister isn’t enjoying the experience. One website has photos said to be of Stephanie Smith getting into an altercation with fans of the Bayi Rockets during a recent game. The accompanying report indicates she also threw a bottle on the court after a call went against her brother.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 12, 1997, the Patriots beat the Jaguars 20-6 in the AFC championship game, secured when which Patriot returned a fumble 47 yards for a touchdown with 2:36 left?

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