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.''