Ryan Responds to Questions About Slauson-Ducasse Playing Time Split

With the Jets game seemingly out of hand Sunday against the Steelers, the Jets replaced their starting Left Guard with Vlad Ducasse.  Since then there’s been speculation about whether or not there are longer reaching reasons for letting Ducasse see some time at the spot.

Slauson declined to discuss what happened after the Steelers game, referring questions to the coaches. Head coach Rex Ryan explained it this way when asked if Slauson had been injured: Matt wasnt hurt. “[We were] giving an opportunity to Vlad to play. We do the same thing on defense. You saw Demario Davis in there some, you see Josh Mauga, you see the defensive line rotation. If you have a good football player, you should use him. I think Vlad’s earned that right to play some.”

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

There’s two positions in football that seem to be sacrosanct in terms of the allowance of substitution of backups: quarterback and the offensive line.  So when a team starts substituting players at those two spots in particular, antennae tend to go up among fans and the media.   Rex Ryan seems to be very insistent that it’s not a big deal and it shouldn’t be read into too much and that the Jets were just trying to get Vlad some live action before he might be needed in the role down the road.

If anything, it tells something that we already know, other than Right Tackle the biggest question (and opportunity) to the line’s overall output is now at the Left Guard spot.  Austin Howard still needs as much seasoning as possible and there is no sense to replace him for Ducasse.  If Ducasse is going to get opportunity to play, it’s going to be at the expense of Slauson … no one else right now … but the Jets want him more equipped than he currently is.

8 comments
Jeff Comerford
Jeff Comerford

One thing that cracks me up - is people going on and on about a 4th round draft choice.  Look at all of the Giants 4th round choices since 2000.  how many have made an impact?  DeOssie - on special teams.  Barry Cofield - who we lost as a free agent - possibly Andre Brown/Brandon Jacobs.


Let's be clear - none of these guys are hall of famers, most are role players at best


2012 4th rounders

Adrien Robinson

Brandon Mosley


2011 4th rounder

James Brewer


2010 4th Rounder

Philip Dillard


2009 4th Rounder

Andre Brown


2008 4th Rounder

Bryan Kehl


2007 4th Rounder

Zak Deossie


2006 4th Rounder

Barry Cofield

Guy Whimper


2005 4th Rounder

Brandon Jacobs


2004 4th Rounder

Reggie Torbor


2003 4th Rounder

Roderick Babers


2002 4th Rounder

None


2001 4th Rounder

Cedric Scott

Jesse Palmer (the batchelor)


2000 4th Rounder

Brandon Short


Skookaloop
Skookaloop

Another Sign of Weakness,

from a Once Great FRANCHISE:

ZERO QB Roster Depth....

Why spend 2, 2013 Draft Pick's, on a Back-Up QB....

who Took-Up a SPOT on the 53,

that you PRACTICED as a DB all last Season,

and NOW when you need HIM, and he's not READY !!!

It's these Behind the Scene MISTAKES,

that Keep ADDing UP !!!

The GIANTs DECLINE,

is 90% MIS-MANAGEMENT....


Jeff Comerford
Jeff Comerford

There are two things to keep in mind in reviewing free agents.


1. Quality is important (Does Feeeman have his head on straight?)


2. Not overpaying for talent is another.  Not sure about Kevin William's salary expectations - but not sure we should break the bank for him.  If Freeman worked out well - is he realistic about what his value is on the market?

Peter Sinapi
Peter Sinapi

Kevin Williams would be a nice, solid DT in a rotation. The Vikings rush defense was middle of the pack and he played/started 15 games last year.

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

@Skookaloop Even if Nassib or Painter was fully ready to be the #2, they would still need to sign another QB.  Teams need at least 3 QBs to run OTAs.  So with the potential for Eli to not be 100% by the beginning of OTAs, they would need a body simply to go through the drills.


So please, not every single move the Giants make is to cover up the GMs "mistakes".


You know, I really wish I was following this blog the year the Giants won SB46.

I would've loved to hear what Skook had to say about Reese as a GM then.

When REESE DRAFTED players like Bradshaw, Nicks, Manningham, Linval Joseph, and Prince, along with REESE SIGNED players like Rolle, Canty, Weatherford, Deon Grant, and VICTOR CRUZ were all MAJOR contributors to the Championship winning team.

John Fennelly
John Fennelly

@Peter Sinapi  Looks like they low-balled him, though. That's why he left. He's waiting to see if anyone comes to the plate.

Billy Suede
Billy Suede

I was here and he was trolling then too.

One trick trolls like him don't know anything else.

To people like him, it's championships every year or everyone must burn. Completely forgetting the fact there is a price to be paid when your team wins a chip. Even the best cap management and the best laid plan doesn't guarantee you'll be hoisting the trophy again the following year.

You don't hear patriots fans giving belichick and Brady this kind of grief and it's been ten years since they've won.

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

@Billy Suede OK, I figured as much.  It didn't take me long here to realize he's one of those "Win it all or go 0-16 for a better draft pick, there's no in-between" kind of fans.

This idea that the Giants aren't a top-shelf organization anymore because they had a losing season and it's been whopping TWO seasons since they won a Championship is just laughable.


Consider the fate of the teams that are considered the other "Class" organizations.

Patriots Last Title: 10 Years Ago.

Packers: 3 Years Ago.

Steelers: 6 Years Ago.

49ers: 19 Years Ago.

Cowboys: 18 Years Ago.

Bears: 28 Years Ago.