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."
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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