Jets fire offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo

Jets offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo tries to

Jets offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo tries to get the players moving during practice at the Atlantic Health Training Facility. (June 12, 2012) (Credit: Joe Epstein)

The Jets announced several coaching changes Tuesday, including the firing of offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo.

"Guge'' was known best for his unwavering support of former Jets tackle Wayne Hunter and his combative nature with reporters. He followed former offensive coordinator Tony Sparano from the Dolphins last offseason.

DeGuglielmo's brief tenure here included several argumentative run-ins with the media, including spitting tobacco juice at reporters' feet. He also said the decision to platoon left guards Matt Slauson and Vladimir Ducasse came from "high above me."

Despite a report last month that DeGuglielmo had been fired, he wasn't told until Monday he would not be retained. A team spokesman confirmed keeping him as a special assistant had been discussed as a possibility.

Replacing DeGuglielmo is Mike Devlin, the Jets' tight ends / assistant offensive line coach for five seasons. The team also hired former Jets punter Louie Aguiar (1991-93) as assistant special teams coach and named former Browns tight ends coach Steve Hagen to replace Devlin. Pierre Ngo was hired as assistant strength and conditioning coach, and Jeff Weeks became assistant defensive line / linebackers coach.

The Jets also hired former NFL offensive lineman Ron Heller as assistant offensive line coach. The Farmingdale High graduate won Newsday's Thorp Award in 1979 as Nassau County's best player.

Former assistant tight ends coach Lance Taylor was named the Panthers' assistant wide receivers coach.

The Jets still must replace former linebackers coach Bob Sutton, now the Chiefs' defensive coordinator.

Landry on ESPN.

Jets safety LaRon Landry will appear on seven ESPN programs Wednesday, starting at 9 a.m. on "SportsCenter."

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