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Jets O-line coach not happy with LG rotation

Jets O-line coach not happy with LG rotation

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Dave DeGuglielmo made it clear that if it were up to him, there would be no rotation at left guard on the New York Jets' offensive line.

It would be Matt Slauson, not Vladimir Ducasse.

All the time.

``That's a directive from high above me,'' the offensive line coach said Thursday. ``You'd have to ask somebody higher than me.''

Coach Rex Ryan says he's responsible for that decision, and wants to make sure Ducasse gets snaps so he can continue to develop in his third season. DeGuglielmo, however, isn't so high on the second-round round pick out of UMass.

``He's playing well enough to be an every third series guy, maybe,'' DeGuglielmo said.

Not exactly a ringing endorsement for Ducasse, who has twice been beaten out for the starting job - once in 2010 and again this past summer - by Slauson.

``Slauson is a big, tough, smart, strong kid,'' DeGuglielmo said of the 2009 sixth-round pick out of Nebraska. ``That's what he is. There are too few of those guys in the world.''

But, Ducasse is still getting a handful of snaps per game - and that hasn't sit well with Slauson or DeGuglielmo. Slauson begrudgingly took a pay cut before this season and is a free agent after this year, while Ducasse is a slowly developing player whose performance reflects on general manager Mike Tannenbaum as a poor draft pick.

``What's best is for me to do what I'm told to do,'' DeGuglielmo said. ``That's what's best.''

DeGuglielmo had a rather testy 15-minute sit-down with reporters Thursday, his first group session since training camp. He opened with an angry statement stemming from an email sent by a reporter to the NFL offices that the coach hadn't met with the media during the bye week, the league minimum requirement.

DeGuglielmo said he was available. But the facility was closed to media and Superstorm Sandy hit the area.

``I made a commitment to speak to you people on the bye week, OK?'' he said, holding a copy of the reporter's email. ``I was sitting here Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, OK? If anybody needed to speak with me, I was here.

``It's not my job to find you.''

The coach remained in a foul mood the rest of the way, objecting to one reporter's suggestion that he had some ``hostility.''

``I have no hostility,'' said DeGuglielmo, who was offered last offseason to replace Bill Callahan. ``I'm trying to get third down, goal-line and short yardage done. You've got a job to do, and I've got a job to do.''

The offensive line has taken its share of criticism this season, for not protecting quarterback Mark Sanchez consistently and not opening enough holes for the running game. DeGuglielmo, however, has been satisfied with his line's performance.

``Everyone's going to look at the film and evaluate it as they wish,'' he 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. You guys see what you want to see and write what you want to write. That's how it goes. That's the business we're in.''

DeGuglielmo added that when the running game is off, the offensive line always gets the blame, as it does when the quarterback is sacked.

``It's part of the business and they have to understand that from the time they're 5 years old playing in this game, they know that everything that goes on is going to fall on their shoulders,'' DeGuglielmo said. ``Period.''

DeGuglielmo also was critical of websites that rank offensive linemen using specialized rating systems.

``What guy's sitting on a computer rating Richie Incognito versus Matt Slauson versus Chris Snee,'' DeGuglielmo asked. ``I mean, what is that? All of the sudden we're `Moneyball' with offensive lineman. I don't understand that. I don't get it. The world I live in isn't a fantasy world. Those are big boys in there putting their heads into another human being 75 times a game. That's what it is.

``If it doesn't work out right, they still put their head in there.''

DeGuglielmo first spoke to the media in May, and strongly supported embattled right tackle Wayne Hunter, saying he would be the starter ``until they ship him out of this building or until they shoot me dead in my office.'' The Jets traded Hunter three months later to St. Louis for tackle Jason Smith.

The coach, who said he had no input on the deal, again defended his players and the job he has done with them.

``If you think this line stinks and I'm a terrible coach, so be it,'' he said. ``I disagree and I think my bosses would say the same thing.

``That's up to you guys.''

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NOTES: Ryan emphatically disagreed with some Jets fans who think it might make more sense to lose the rest of the way and get a better draft pick in the offseason. ``I want to apologize to those fans right now because there's no way we're tanking anything,'' he said. ``There's nobody in this organization that feels that way. We're going to go out and we're going to compete to win every single game, and that's just the way it is.''

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Injuries to Marshall and Perine will open the door for Kapri Bibbs to make the Redskins

Injuries to Marshall and Perine will open the door for Kapri Bibbs to make the Redskins

Following the Redskins' Week 2 preseason win over the Jets on Thursday, Jay Gruden said both Byron Marshall and Samaje Perine were "OK" after the two running backs each left the game with injuries. Marshall's was labeled a lower-leg issue, while Perine's injury was called a twisted ankle.

Timetables for their recoveries were then reported on Friday, and while the two members of the backfield escaped anything too severe, they will each be sidelined for decent chunks of time.

Perine will miss a week, according to Mike Garafolo. Marshall, meanwhile, is looking at a longer two-to-four week recovery, per Tom Pelissero. Those pieces of news hurt them in more ways than one.

Derrius Guice's torn ACL in Week 1 of the team's exhibition schedule meant that Marshall and Perine both had a big-time opportunity to step up and earn a spot on Washington's 53-man roster, spots that were harder to envision for them when Guice was healthy.

Overall, the two were slated to compete with Kapri Bibbs for what will likely be two spaces on the depth chart behind the absolutely safe Chris Thompson and Rob Kelley. Now, though, they'll be forced to sit until they're healed up, giving Bibbs more chances in practice and the two remaining August contests to earn Jay Gruden's trust.

Against New York, Bibbs struggled on the ground but led the offense with seven grabs, including a 29-yard gain off a screen play. That performance absolutely brought him closer in the race with Marshall, who scored vs. the Patriots a week earlier. Next, he'll need to prove he can run effectively between the tackles vs. the Broncos in Week 3, which will put some heat on Perine as well.

The 'Skins have 15 days left until they have to finalize their regular season roster. As things stand now amongst the running backs, Bibbs presently has a real shot at stealing a job from the two shelved RBs. But with the way this race has unfolded thus far, that can all change in a split second. 

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Familiarity for coach and GM should allow Capital City Go-Go to hit ground running

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Familiarity for coach and GM should allow Capital City Go-Go to hit ground running

Despite being a brand new franchise with a new roster and new facilities, the Capital City Go-Go will carry into their inaugural season a level of continuity. Both their general manager and head coach are familiar with what they are getting into and the people they will be working with.

GM Pops Mensah-Bonsu is no stranger to the D.C. community and the Wizards franchise. He made a name for himself starring at George Washington University, spent time with the Wizards as a player in their 2013 training camp and remained a frequent visitor to Wizards games as a scout for the Spurs in recent years.

"To be back in the community and the first general manager of the G-League team is special," Mensah-Bonsu said. "This is D.C.’s team. I want them to embrace us."

Head coach Jarell Christian played college ball in Virginia and goes back several years with Wizards coach Scott Brooks. Christian joined the Oklahoma City's G-League staff when Brooks was in his final year as head coach of the Thunder.

Christian began his coaching journey with an eye trained on how Brooks goes about his job.

"My introduction to pro basketball was under Coach Brooks and his philosophies. A lot of that stuff, I believe in wholeheartedly. That’s my foundation," Christian said. "I got a chance to know him through training camp and throughout that season. He and I developed a bond and a relationship that stood the test of time. To this day, we still talk often. It’s just another chance for me to reconnect with him and to continue to grow our relationship."

The Go-Go intend to make what they do as similar to the Wizards as possible. When guys like Devin Robinson, one of their two-way players, is called up he can step right in without a learning curve of the playbook or how they practice.

Having Christian in place will help that process in particular.

"There won’t be any issue or any slippage with guys going up and down to know what’s in store for them," Christian said. "A lot of the stuff that the Wizards will do, we will implement with the Go-Go. Just some offensive and defensive concepts. Some of the playcalls and the terminology will be the same."

"Whatever you see the Wizards doing, you will probably see the Capital City Go-Go doing, too," Mensah-Bonsu said.

The symmetry between the G-League and the NBA teams will also be helped by the fact they will share the same practice facility. Their proximity will come with many advantages from the Go-Go perspective.

"I think it’s going to help motivate these guys. We’re going to be practicing in the same place that the Wizards do and the Mystics do," Mensah-Bonsu said. "I think if these guys can see Dwight Howard and John Wall and Bradley Beal walking around every day, it will help motivate them to get to that next level."

"The exposure our players get with the Wizards [front office], the Wizards personnel, being able to watch them practice daily, watching their practice habits and what their routines may be, is really big," Christian said.

That element will also apply beyond the players. Christian, who is just 32 years old, will get to watch how an NBA coaching staff operates on a daily basis.

Christian has yet to take a tour of the new building in Ward 8, but he has seen blueprints. Among the amenities the Go-Go will enjoy that other G-League teams do not usually have is a dedicated dining area.

Many G-League teams do not go to that length.

"A lot of organizations do not provide food for their players on a daily basis, but we will. That’s the No. 1 thing in my opinion that’s gonna set us apart from our competitors," he said.

The Go-Go won't take the floor for their first game until November, but it seems like a good foundation is starting to take place.

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