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. FINFAN4LIFE

    Trip Gate and now Wall Gate are being looked at by NFL, according to Tannenbaum the GM for the Jets, he said the Patriots do this same wall formation every punt return. Its one thing to train to get an edge but another to cheat by manipulating the game outcome from non-players. Enough said!

    December 16, 2010 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. Rodek

    To the idiots that say forming the line was ok.. Even if it was, it's not the point. He claims he didn't think, but planning to purposely be in the way proves that he DID plan it and DID mean to cause harm. This is a coach in an authoritative position and is supposed to set an example for his players. Not only should have have already been fired, but he should also be banned from the NFL.

    December 16, 2010 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • TCP

      uh, they're ALL grown men! Do you really expect this coach to be a mentor, guide, and wise old sage to grown MEN who get paid millions to play the game? C'mon man.

      December 16, 2010 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Rodek

      Umm. Yes. He also gets paid millions to do exactly that.

      December 16, 2010 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • reality check

      Get a grip. This happens every week in the NFL, watch video of past games of all teams and you will see a line of players and coaches keeping the players, during punts, in bounds. BTW this guy makes less than 200K while the player that bumped him out of bounds makes a whole lot more! Try to see the forest for the trees here, it was minor.

      December 16, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jet4life

    I have been a jets fan my whole life, I do believe the actions of Alosi were totally uncalled for,it is rather embarrassing as a fan ,but with that being said, all the people who would like to send him to the gallos to be hanged think about all the athletes,and coaches who have done worse things than tripping someone. In all sports you have people selling drugs, being involved in shootings at night clubs, commiting murder, raping women,and abusing there wife and children, yet people welcome them with open arms and idolize them. Maybe I am wrong here but it seems to me that people need to get there priorities straight, because if Alosi should be ban from football so should half the athletes and coaches who are involved in sports!!

    December 16, 2010 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Tired of the BS

      Couldn't agree more with you. But this guy needs to go now!

      December 16, 2010 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. LC

    Sorry-this guy's gotta go. Teams need leaders and good examples, not poor sportsmanship. Buh-bye!

    December 16, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. urFired!

    Fire this stoopid idiot! Let him try to find a job elsewhere.

    December 16, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  6. Texan

    HaHa...what an idiot!

    December 16, 2010 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  7. boomer

    Needs to be fired! He obviously is NOT very smart

    December 16, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jack

    Obviously, this guy has some kind of sick envy. The envy of the fame that others get combined with their skill and athleticism. He sees himself as a nobody who could not get the Beautiful girls on the cheer-leading squad or at the bar. He has to tag along with black athletes just to seem like he's important. Well we all finally just seen what was on your mind. Unfortunately there is more to come. Loser. New York, had just dropped down a few notches. LOL

    December 16, 2010 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. Sussay

    This behavior is the result of "win at any cost" mentality. I'd be willing to bet this nimrod still probably doesn't think he did anything wrong.

    December 16, 2010 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mike

    Vick kills dogs, hangs them, abuses them, does prison time and we give him a second chance. Suspend the guy, fire him even but once the prosecutors office is done with him (if they do anything) the NFL would be proven liars and hypocrites if they fail to extend the same forgiveness and second chance they did to Vick.

    My feelings on Vick, he did something horrible, he lost his freedom for a period of time and deserves a second chance, I have no problem with this guy being reinstated AFTER any civil penalties are paid AND an appropriate penalty faced professionally, even if that means being fired from the Jets but he should not be blackballed from the league, however I advise he watch out for flying elbows on the sideline for a while.

    December 16, 2010 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • steeve-o

      I'm sure this guy will get a job for someone else, maybe not NFL, but maybe college or UFL... perhaps arena football would be good for him, since there's no sideline you can stand on.

      December 16, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jon

    Heck, if I were to trip someone at work, I would be fired right away, and a nice mark woul be on my record for future employers to see.

    This guy gets to hang aorund for awhile, then IF he is fired, will get picked up right away by another team.

    This guy wil not even be phased by this, his biggest hassle will be moving to where his new job is, wait, that won't even be a hassle, the new team will pay for his move. I guess picking out curtains for his new house will be the biggest challenge.

    December 16, 2010 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • reality check

      If someone were running at full speed in full pads at your office and ran into your knee they'd be fired and you'd be leading the charge!

      December 16, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  12. IceT

    The NFL puts together and sells videos of the hardest hits each year. They profit from hard hits and fans buy it. This "hit" wouldn't make the pansy bloopers but everyone is upset about it. He didn't drive his knee into the player, the player ran into his, albeit slightly bent knee, out of bounds no less. I have worse hits than this happen to me everyday using public transportation! Have a little perspective folks!

    December 16, 2010 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  13. Stranabrade

    He needs to be fired. Now. Period. This is what the world has come to – we feel the need to discuss this before doing it. Ridiculous.

    December 16, 2010 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  14. Addie

    Personally I don't think firing him is a fair or good idea. Only because of what I viewed almost anyone and everyone who has anything to do with NFL has some history that they perfer not to rehash, thou was forgiven for. To fire him would seem more of a personal attack, not saying he should'nt be fined or suspened. I am only stating this...go back and think about what football players, coaches, etc. what they have said are done that they should've been fired for but did'nt. Be fair and real. Speakingoutloud. P.S. what he did WAS real dirty.

    December 16, 2010 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  15. Religious Sects

    I say we vote him Coach of the Year for cheating just like Bill Belichick!! Only difference is, this little "trip" didn't help win the game.

    December 16, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
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