Jets trainer could be fired over new info about tripping
December 15th, 2010
06:03 PM ET

Jets trainer could be fired over new info about tripping

A New York Jets coach has now been suspended indefinitely - instead of for the rest of this season - after the team learned he instructed players to stand with him near their sideline before he tripped a Miami Dolphins player, the team said Wednesday.

The Jets said they're still reviewing the case of  strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi, and that they could opt to fire him. Alosi tripped rookie Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll during a punt in third quarter of the Dolphins' 10-6 win over the Jets.

"The players at the Miami game were instructed by Sal to stand where they were, to force the gunner in the game to run around them," Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum told reporters Wednesday.

Carroll, covered by two Jets players, was running along the sideline toward the Jets punt returner when the incident happened at the New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey. Video shows Carroll was out of bounds and trying to run back in the field of play when Alosi - standing with Jets players on the out-of-bounds edge of the sideline - leaned his left knee forward. The knee caught Carroll, who tumbled to the ground.

Carroll was shaken up but eventually walked to his sideline on his own power. He returned to the game in the fourth quarter.

Alosi apologized to Carroll, the Dolphins' coach and others Sunday, and on Monday he told reporters that he "wasn't thinking."  Asked that day whether someone had instructed him and other Jets personnel to stand close to the sidelines to prevent the Dolphins from running out of bounds - something for which Miami was penalized earlier in the game - Alosi said: "No, that wasn't anything that was instructed."

On Monday the Jets suspended Alosi for the rest of the season and fined him $25,000. But the Jets continued to look at the play and then talked with players "who appeared to be standing in a wall-like formation with Alosi," the Jets said in a statement.

"It looked to me that it was unusual for them to be standing that way, and then on Tuesday we talked to the players involved, and that's when we were told they were asked to stand there by Sal," Tannenbaum said in a conference call with reporters Wednesday. "They were instructed by Sal throughout the game, but specifically when Miami was punting, they were asked to stand there by him."

"Once we got this new information, we actually met with the commissioner [Roger Goodell] and [vice president of football operations] Ray Anderson this morning. They support this initial decision that we presented to them, but the league is going to look into this as well, as they should," Tannenbaum said.

The Jets said they could choose to terminate Alosi's services.

"All options are certainly on the table," Tannenbaum said. "We're going to complete the review, get all the information. [Special teams coach] Mike Westhoff was not involved, [head coach] Rex Ryan is not involved, but we just want to be thorough and then make the best decision."

Alosi, who played linebacker at Hofstra, joined the Jets as an intern in 2002 before serving as their assistant strength and conditioning coach from 2003 to 2005. He worked one year with the Atlanta Falcons before returning to the Jets as their head strength and conditioning coach in 2007.

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  1. NH

    And you're telling me that Rex Ryan didn't instruct this? BS. Of course it was sanctioned from the top. Alosi is just a convenient fall guy.

    December 15, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Aaron

    He shouldn't be fired... because that solves nothing. He will be suspended until next season, and likely won't be allowed on the sidelines again. Thats plenty punishment enough for a guy who probably makes less than 6 figures and who owned up to his mistakes in a much more professional manner than most people would in that situation.

    As far as him requesting that a "wall" be setup... I'm for that. Once a player crosses the white line, hes now in the trainers territory, not the players. Theres no such thing as being "forced" out of bounds... the gunner can choose to go out of bounds by not yielding to blockers, or he can cut back to the middle of the field. Gunners over the past decade of chosen to run out of bounds, because they can avoid blockers and in many instances get to the returner quicker rather than navigating blocks. Its only natural that opposing sidelines would try to make this more difficult. The gunner is implementing a strategy, just as the "wall" is.

    The trip was classless and wrong. The "wall" is both legal and strategically intelligent.

    December 15, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • steeve-o

      The "wall" will most likely be determined to be illegal by the commish, in my opinion. The game is played on the field, not on the sidelines. The thing about football is each position has an offensive and a defensive counterpart. When the players on the sidelines are getting into the game, that throws the game out of balance. The sideline personnel are to yield to the players on the field, otherwise they should be allowed to be tackled. And you know that won't happen.

      December 15, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      The wall will probably be called illegal... after the fact. Its not now, but it will be in response to this act.

      In case you haven't been watching... players on the sidelines don't necessarily yield to players coming from the field to the sidelines.... nor should they.

      If the Jets trainer just stood there, didn't move, and the gunner runs into him and falls down.... no penalty is called, no suspension occurs, no mention of the story happens. Hes not yielding to the gunner, and he doesn't have to.

      Take a look around the league... gunners run into sideline players almost weekly who don't "yield" to them. No penalties, no coverage on ESPN.

      People need to stop pretending like this "wall" is some kind of new form of cheating. Its been going on for years, and nobody cared then... not even the gunners.

      December 15, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • SpazMan

      Aaron, it's good to be an informed idiot.

      December 16, 2010 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. Markybhoy

    I guess the retard forgot he was on TV.

    December 15, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Brandt

    OMG FIRE HIM! But, uh...just make sure you kinda forget about all the felons who still play football...ya know, guys who were convicted murders and people who torture animals. Yup, sounds about right.

    December 15, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bradly

    When was out of bounds not out of bounds ? How are can he leave the field then come back on it. If that is the case can the defender hide behind someone then jump in and tackle the runner with the ball ... Granted he was wrong for tripping him, though I'm sure that the everyone from the coach down knew about this!

    December 15, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tripgate

    A thousand dollars says they already found a way to blame this one on the Patriots.

    December 15, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cubby

    What about the players that were standing there? They had to know that that was wrong...can they not think on their own? Shouldn't they be at least reprimanded for helping form this "wall" that was so wrong to have been made?

    December 15, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Christina

    He should have been fired on the spot and got a security excort off the field for being an IDIOT!!!!

    December 15, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. stu gutz

    Where's Woody Hayes when you need him, or better yet, John Belushi.....

    December 15, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Alan

    What a jerk....next they will be slipping razor blades onto the field and stun guns under their jerseys..moron

    December 15, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. lisa

    FIRE THE MAN!!!!!!!!!

    December 15, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Percy

    Hope he realized that when the truth came out he would be fired. The NFL will now demand that the team do just that.
    It makes perfect sense!!

    December 15, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Holly

    Dumb, dumb, dumb. There probably goes a good career down the tubes for one stupid moment of what? Revenge? Childishness? Pettiness?

    December 15, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. drum man

    coach woody hayes is his daddy lmao

    December 15, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jordan

    It's not surprised to me that this guy preplanned this tripping by formatting a wall of his players. Watch the replay and you can see all of the people around him were just standing next to him like nothing happen when he tripped the guy...I think if he wasn't caught on national TV No one would know who did it because he's white..

    December 15, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
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