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. Jeff

    I am a JETS fan and I think this moron should be fired, we have enough problems keeping our performance together as a team without thoughtless people like this screwing it up further. fire his ass.

    December 16, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. LMP

    New York is dirty and so are their teams.

    December 16, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. Nick

    He should be promoted for displaying a commitment to winning.

    December 16, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mike in Miami

    I don't think he realized he was gonna actually be able to trip this guy. Sorta a knee jerk reaction with out much thought. Kind of like thinking out loud and then you realize what you said. The words were true but you didn't truly intend to say it out loud. I hope they don't fire him, he's hot.

    December 16, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      "knee jerk reaction"...hahahahaha

      December 16, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  5. Robert

    Yeah, it was bad sportsmanship and, yeah, the guy should probably be fired. But, admittedly, I fell off my couch laughing when it happened. I kinda think it SHOULD be dangerous to go out of bounds on the opposing teams side. I'd like to see a punch or two thrown when a players runs into the other teams bench. It would bring back the gladiator element of football.

    December 16, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jennifer

    I remember when a UVA coach tried to trip a Va Tech player several years ago.What are these guys thinking?
    http://backporch.fanhouse.com/2010/12/15/video-uva-coach-tried-to-trip-virginia-tech-player-during-1995/

    December 16, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Harry

      Jennifer......CORRECTION....it was not a UVA coach, it was the UVA trainer, which, of course, is exactly what this Jets knucklehead was. Must be something going on with these trainers. Probably frustrated ex-athletes trying to relive or live some glory. In any event, at both UVA and with the Jets, it's just plain ridiculous and out of line.

      January 12, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jennifer

    A UVA coach tried to trip a Va Tech player several years ago. What are these men thinking??
    http://backporch.fanhouse.com/2010/12/15/video-uva-coach-tried-to-trip-virginia-tech-player-during-1995/

    December 16, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  8. another john

    This seems to be the way Americans win, by cheating. This is a macrocosm of American society that harbors lazy non-academics. There are developing countries who score higher than US students. Humiliating.

    December 16, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Mikel Williams

      Why don't you kiss my American Ass?

      December 16, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • BT

      I think you mean MICROcosm. That's just the type of mistake a lazy non-academic would make.

      December 22, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      You are an idiot. This was a poor judgement action by one guy.

      December 22, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      But they're still 3rd world so whats it matter?

      January 9, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. Larry

    "Rex Ryan is not involved" – this has been going on during the course of the season according to new reports I have read. How is the Head Coach not aware of this? This is as bad as Belechick and his videos. The Jets cannot repair their image without some pretty serious changes in coaching staff. As Bruce Beck said on the 11 PM news last night – we have not heard the end of this.

    December 16, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Debbie

      I agree. I have trouble believing a strength and conditioning coach took the initiative to essentially coordinate part of a special teams offensive play. Poor guy is being scapegoated. If not Rex Ryan, the special teams coach instructed him so he would not be directly implicated.

      December 18, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chris

    Was this coach standing on the field? or for that matter was he even standing on the white barrier that seperates the playing field from the sidelines (NO). The last I heard this games is played "between the lines" and for the gunner on the coverage team to escape the defenders by running out of bounds is in my opinion also "cheating". Call for the players job, fire the player, fine the player, suspend the player. Did the coached foot come off the ground? He told his players to stand still on the sidelines (call for the death penalty) What a, parden the pun, knee jerk reaction to something that pales in comparison to what Andre Johnson committed the week before. Cut the guy some slack. We let guys that fight dogs, take drugs, grope women and kill people with cars, play given a second chance, how about a tripper.

    December 16, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Perogi

      Chris, Learn the rules. A player who is blocked out of bounds can come back into play. Probably a Jets fanboi...

      December 20, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pittsburgh Guy

      Extremmmmmely well said. A player leaving the field of play should be disqualified from the play until they re-enter the field of play at the point of or prior to the point of leaving. The only thing this coach did was show extremely poor judgement in sportsmanship and I think 25K should cover that. BTY groping minors was fun when I was a minor (LOL)(high school crap) Who didnt cop a feel. Rumor has it Ben will not announce his engagement until she turns 18.

      January 7, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff

    Sal,Sal, Sal. What were you thinking here ? You should banned from the NFL for life. I guess strength and conditioning didn't travel to your melon, huh ?

    December 23, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. D

    Bush made him do it, or was it Obama??
    Is that crap old yet? I still laugh when I see it.

    December 25, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  13. Brandi

    Just saw this story...may be old news to you...bunch of cheaters!

    December 28, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chris

    I hope the team doesn't listen to the court of public opinion. There is no rule against team members standing off the field outside the white zone, which they clearly are. The coach, yes, was wrong to extend his leg and should be appropriately penalized.

    December 29, 2010 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. Chuck

    Stupid people would kill for his job and he throws it away

    December 30, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
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