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. grannyk

    Alosi should be fired and NEVER be allowed to work in sports again.

    December 16, 2010 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jim

    As the leader of this band (Rex Ryan) is fond of saying: "THAT's Jets football!"

    December 16, 2010 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. Shaman13

    When watching the replay, you can clearly see that all the Jets players are standing out of bounds. Slosi is also out of bounds. This tells me that the Dolphins player must have been outside of the legal playing field in order to make contact with any of them. Yes, Alosi's kneed was sticking out, but that guy had to be right on the very edge of that very wide sideline stripe in order to make contact. The replay clearly shows that both of Alosi's feet were out of bounds, so his knee couldn't have been more than a couple inches inbounds. I'm not saying he didn't pull a dirty trick, but I think firing and a ban from football are a bit overkill.. If that occurs, then the NFL needs to redesign that sideline stripe. They need to have a stripe showing just how close to inbounds you can actually stand to avoid contact with the players being allowed to run out of bounds legally.

    December 16, 2010 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
    • BDGFN

      You have obviously never played football. The player's job on a punt is to get downfield as fast as he possibly can and make a play on the return. The kicking team tries to slow him down, and it is not at all uncommon for the player to run out of bounds to avoid the opposing team's defenders then run back into the field of play...there is nothing illegal about this at all. No matter how hard anyone tries to make it look like the coach was not in the wrong, he was. He made the choice to do this dumb-azz thing, now he must pay the consequences of his actions. Period.

      December 16, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. Gomo

    I'd say he hasn't been fired because the Jets want to make sure he's not going to say that Rex Ryan instructed or new what they were doing. Suspending him keeps him in the fold.

    December 16, 2010 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rick

    Could be? He needs to be thrown out of sports & put in the unemployment line @ the back. Suspend the Jets from the NFL for the rest of the season.

    December 16, 2010 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. USgi2010

    Why would anyone sacrifice a good paying job over something so stupid? For those who are saying that he is a victim because he is one of the lower paid individuals in the NFL... GIVE ME A BREAK! And of course he isn't going to get fired, the NFL, along with other pro sports organizations, doesn't care about ethics or morality... it's all about money. Thanks for continuously sending such a great message to our youth, jerks!

    December 16, 2010 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mr Somerset

    The Jets went from one of the top teams in the league two weeks ago to a bunch of hucksters on a losing streak. This is the kind of distraction that effectively ruins the season.

    December 16, 2010 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. clay

    you ppl really think he did this on his own?? Think again. Rex Ryan played some part in setting this up. Sal Alosi is just a pawn in Rex Ryan's scheme.

    December 16, 2010 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  9. Tim from Toledo

    The guy should have been fired for tripping the guy – regardless of whether or not he told the other players to stand in a wall formation....
    He apologized, but only because he got caught......typical bully mentality – remorseful when they get in trouble. Had he not been caught, he'd be laughing his butt off.
    Just another dumb person that got caught up in the football mentality......FIRE HIM!!

    December 16, 2010 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dennis

    He should be fired and barred, and the players who colluded with him in this cowardly act should be suspended for the rest of the season.

    December 16, 2010 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  11. David M

    While Alosi was wrong in what he did, Carroll was clearly out of bounds and had been out of bounds for quite a distance. He did not make an effort to get back on the field of play. He had been flagged earlier for the same thing. It was quite obvious that there was a 'wall' on the Jets sideline and and no one made an effort to step back out of the runner's way. The field of play is inside the lines, not outside. None of this would have happened if the player had been on the field.

    And no, I'm not a J-E-T-S fan and never will be, but the whole situation needs to be seen objectively, not through the lens of team loyalty.

    December 16, 2010 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      I agree, granted the knee thing was stupid and should be dealt with however the league sees fit, but I don't quite get the 'violation' cited of having the players stand in a line out of bounds. With the league now looking at revising the rules for sideline behavior, what are they going to say "Players cannot assemble in groups larger than three when not on the field"? They should just put everyone in dugouts like baseball, then "gunners" could run through the stands and blindside a kick returner from behind the soda vendor.

      December 16, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • steeve-o

      Players not in uniform should not attempt to influence the game on the field, or interfere in any way. Football is about balance; my eleven guys against your eleven guys. Carroll was double covered, and forced to run out of bounds. The whole thing was to get him flagged for a penalty.

      December 16, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  12. Momof1

    Why hasn't this child been fired yet? Someone could have seriously been hurt. It was tasteless, tacky and down right dirty! Who is to say he hasn't done this before? This time he just got caught. Fire him! Restore fans/viewers faith in football. Do the right thing!!

    December 16, 2010 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  13. datruf

    he should be fired. this joker wanted a tidbit to tell his grandkids in the coming years to prove to himself that somehow he matters. what a parasite. its a rough job he has, seeing others in the spotlight, so what does he do? extends the foot. straight to detention for this hoodlum. he can think about his actions in the unemployment line picking up his check....

    December 16, 2010 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  14. torino

    Maybe if the coach were black and the player were white, he'd still have a job.

    December 16, 2010 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  15. John Smitty

    He is an ultra-maroon! What a total Tool and Jerk. He should be fired. Let him go help fat people work out in some small town gym if he can even get that job. I hope his family is ashamed of him. I hope his mother told him what a terrible human being he is.

    December 16, 2010 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
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