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. blahh

    all i can say is GO JAGS!!!!! not playing the Jets any time, but oh well... GO JAGS!!!

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

    He should have been fired 3 days ago. Hey Jets, 'git er done' and get rid of this useless POS.

    December 15, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. slupdawg

    All fun and games until somebody gets hurt....

    December 15, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. HappyFeet

    oh get real! Fire him?? for 'tripping' a fully padded player? Fine him yes.. a few games maybe.. but firing is extreme!

    Y'all get wound up over a tripping stunt..but kiss Vicks feet and approve his multimillion reward for his cowardly, illegal, inhumane acts. Yup..your priorities are set about right...

    December 15, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Frank

    Dear N.Y Jets,
    I would expect the coaching staff was told not to have this type
    of thing happen again.If I were the opposition coach,I would have that coach arrested for assault

    December 15, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. drum man

    that being said do not fire him......... bloooed it UP tooooo much

    December 15, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cybersport

    Rex Ryan needs to be investigated as well. The idea that Rex Ryan didn't know about this is difficult to accept at face value

    December 15, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Apu Whopooped

      Rex Ryan couldn't have known - he was too busy eating to notice.

      December 15, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Steelers will crunch Jets

    This Sunday, I'll be watching the Steelers crunch the Jets alongside my cutie! 🙂

    December 15, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Antwoine

    He has got to go... up the fine... and charge his ass with assualt and battery.

    December 15, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jason B.

    I'm really glad the Jets are taking this seriously. They could've handed out some tiny fine and suspend for a game, but I like that they're showing this type of stuff won't be put up with.

    December 15, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. CyndyP

    This is the epitome of bad sportsmanship and I'm glad he has been exposed. There is no place for this guy in professional football and he should be fired and set as an example to anyone who thinks they can get away with this kind of crap! He clearly has no respect for the game and his own integrity is in question. He has lied repeatedly, even when he said he wasn't thinking – intentionally lining his players up is not only thinking, it is premeditated!

    December 15, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. 2112Temple

    My 10 year old plays football. This stuff start right from the beginning. Its the American way. Parents of 10 year old who think their kids will go to the nfl would do this any day of the year. Give the guy a break. Its in our nature.

    December 15, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • enuffisenuff

      I guess you love the opening scene in the movie Any Given Sunday, where the wide receiver shoots the player who is about to tackle him. Is that too part of the game?

      December 15, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ya boy "P"

    If the player were hurt very badly (broken leg, spinal cord injury, concussion, etc) and ended his career, there would be no question about this coach being fired....he would be, and probably in jail for assault. He is lucky to have a job in the NFL as a seventh-tier coach, and if you do something like this and embarrass your team, you are just ass-out of a J-O-B partner! You fellow commentors don't know TISH about football. Stop bickering back and forth and just keep it on da mudda kuffin reel doggz! If you want to know about football, ask ya boy "P" BET!!

    December 15, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • kro513

      'P' – You must be a complete retard!

      December 17, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. Sarah

    I am sure the Jets could hire a 30 trainers from India for what they pay this goof.

    December 15, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Not a fan

    From the very first time I saw those sweat wearing goons all lined up foot-to-foot like on a basketball free throw box. Planted there, then this specific dope reaches out with a knee??? Fire him.

    December 15, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
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