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. DvlsAdvocat

    Uh, why was the gunner running out of bounds anyway? I'm sorry, but I can't get worked up over a guy running down field out of bounds getting tripped by someone standing where they were supposed to be...wasn't he supposed to be between the sidelines?

    December 16, 2010 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
    • mmi16

      Football is to be played inbounds of the field of play. The Miami player was OUT OF BOUNDS when he got the knee. There is no excuse for Alosi to flex his knee to create the contact, but there was nothing wrong with the Jets personnel standing at the legal edge of the boundry...I am surprised that most teams don't have there full teams at the boundry, so as to keep the 'gunners' on the field of play.

      The game is played between the lines – go outside the lines and bad things can happen.

      December 16, 2010 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
    • MXD

      So if a car accidently swerves into your lane do you HIT that car and claim that you were in your rightful spot, or do you swerve out of the way to avoid a collision?? Can you REALLY not see the difference? This guy didn't run into the Jets coach- the coach INTENTIONALLY tripped him. That's wrong in EVERY way, and it doesn't matter that they were out of bounds at the time. This is just common sense and good sportsmanship. I hope you DO see that.

      December 16, 2010 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. ClareFrancis

    Yep, it trickles down from the top. From the owners to the head coach to the coaches to the players... What a dirty team.

    December 16, 2010 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Deedle

      You hit the nail on the head!

      December 16, 2010 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bill Sowers

    The guy should be banned from coaching in the NFL and the NCAA as well. No place for this in athletics (or anywhere
    else for that matter). Commissioner, Jets: Please take a stand; no moral ambiguity here.

    December 16, 2010 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  4. caliconor

    And meanwhile, pop warner teams in the New York area are getting giddy to have a new former NFL coach working with them.

    December 16, 2010 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. mmi16

    Football is to be played inbounds of the field of play. The Miami player was OUT OF BOUNDS when he got the knee. There is no excuse for Alosi to flex his knee to create the contact, but there was nothing wrong with the Jets personnel standing at the legal edge of the boundry...I am surprised that most teams don't have there full teams at the boundry, so as to keep the 'gunners' on the field of play.

    The game is played between the lines – go outside the lines and bad things can happen.

    December 16, 2010 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. MikeBike

    Not to defend his unsportsmanlike behavior, but if the other team was penalized for crowding the sideline later in the game, it sounds like this might be a bigger trend in the league beyond just one coach. I doubt this is the first time something like this has happened - just the first time it "blew up."

    December 16, 2010 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mitchell

    One strike and you're out. Typical of US society, where any deviation from the rules is a capital crime.

    December 16, 2010 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. Brian

    Football is a joke. The game consists of fat men falling down and laying on top of each other.

    December 16, 2010 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
    • SpaceTech

      HAHA and you're an idiot.

      December 16, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. SpaceTech

    How could he even think he could get away with something like that? With all the cameras at a football game that was just plain dumb.

    December 16, 2010 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jerry

    Everyone on the net was talking about the formation of that line, the Jets HAD to have noticed it too right off the bat. If Zach Thomas of the Dolphins haven't gotten the media coverage of his thoughts about it I wonder it the Jets or the Commission would have addressed as they are now.

    December 16, 2010 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. SpazMan

    He's an idiot. He his fine is $25,000. He's off for the rest of the year. With all the cameras rollin' and people taking pics with their iPods, cameras and cell phones, did he think he was going to get away with it. His feetz are there right in the way. Num Nutz knew what he was doing. Hope he learns from his stupid dumb nut error in judgment. He probably will get fired. I'd fire his buttocks

    December 16, 2010 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ourinhos

    The Jets need to hire the lady from Panama City...she could do more damage with her purse.

    December 16, 2010 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. phil

    Ok, let's kick everyone out of the NFL who has ever tripped anyone. There are too many teams anyway.

    December 16, 2010 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Cleopatra

      Tripping, when seen by a refereee, always incurs a penalty for that team! Why in the world should a coach be allowed to deliberately trip someone during a game - on or off the field. Many in this post seem to miss the point that it is a question of sportsmanship and respect - you know, what sports used to teach and coaches used to model, but only a few continue to do.

      December 16, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jason

    Like the Buffalo Wild Wings commercial? lol

    December 16, 2010 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
  15. Brian

    I'm in the same line of work and would give anything for this gig and he just throws it away.

    December 16, 2010 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
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