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Dave DeGuglielmo Fired as New York Jets Offensive Line Coach

January 24th, 2013 at 4:02 PM
By Donald Lappe

The New York Jets seemed to be ready to move forward with their coaching staff, plus the official introduction of John Idzik as general manager, but it has been reported that offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo has been fired. Dave DeGuglielmo followed the Tony Sparano train to the Jets and now will follow that train out the back door of the facility. Jets tight ends coach Mike Devlin is expected to take over the offensive line.

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The New York Jets have fired Dave DeGuglielmo and moved Mike Devlin over from tight ends coach to offensive line coach. The Jets offensive line wasn't bad, but wasn't overly impressive either, as the offense struggled throughout a 6-10 season. The offense was seen as the downfall of the team and plenty of change has gone down in an effort to change that.

It's yet another step in the staff shakeup, but appears to be the last one. The Jets should be ready now to move forward into the offseason with a new direction on offense and hopefully better results on the field. Much of that will depend on the personnel decisions made by John Idzik, Rex Ryan and the gang.

Before we're ready to take that step, let's look back at the single season Dave DeGuglielmo spent with the Jets. There were plenty of missteps, but the one that sticks out the most was his peculiar press conference after Hurricane Sandy. Dave DeGuglielmo was very short with the media during the mandated press conference which was a makeup due to the conditions the storm brought to the New York and New Jersey area. During the presser, he even seemed to imply that reporters should have been at the Jets facility during the storm.

That was just one example of Dave DeGuglielmo's inability to deal with the media. More importantly his offensive line gave up 47 sacks this season, sixth-most in the NFL. For a unit with three players who have been Pro Bowl selections (Nick Mangold, D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Brandon Moore), that's just not good enough. There's a lot of money invested in the offensive line for a reason.

It will be worth watching how Mike Devlin makes the transition from tight ends coach to offensive line coach. It's a natural progression up the coaching ladder and is a great opportunity for him to make his mark.

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Tags: Brandon Moore, Dave DeGuglielmo, Ferguson, Football, Hurricane Sandy, John Idzik, Mike Devlin, New York, New York Jets, NFL, Nick Mangold, Rex Ryan, Tony Sparano

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