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Posted at 5:25 AM ET, 12/13/2010

Jets coach Sal Alosi apologizes for tripping Dolphins player

By Cindy Boren

Updated at 9:34 a.m.

It might be a good idea if, in the future, the New York Jets kept their strength and conditioning coach a little busier on the sideline during games. With his team struggling of late, Sal Alosi decided to help out Sunday.

As Miami Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll -- a former University of Maryland player whose mother is the lieutenant governor-elect of Florida -- took off up the sideline on punt coverage, Alosi leaned into the play as Carroll sprinted past, pushing his left knee out and tripping Carroll, who fell in front of Rex Ryan and was shaken up.

Jets spokesman Bruce Speight said the organization was "looking into appropriate next steps," something the NFL will do this week as well. (May I suggest a first question? "What? You thought no one would notice because NFL games are so rarely photographed?") Alosi, a 33-year-old coach who's been in the NFL with Atlanta and the Jets for nine years, apologized after the game, issuing a statement that said:

"I made a mistake that showed a total lapse in judgment. My conduct was inexcusable and unsportsmanlike and does not reflect what this organization stands for."

Carroll stayed in the game at cornerback and had the Dolphins' only interception in his team's 10-6 win. "I just remember running," Carroll said. "Water off a duck's back."

His teammates were far more incensed. "I wish they'd tripped me," linebacker Channing Crowder said. "I'd have broken that old man's leg. I didn't see anything. He stuck his leg out and tripped him? He should be ashamed of himself. A grown man from the coaching staff? That's high character."

Said Ricky Williams: "It's the Jets right? We're not surprised."

Carroll offered his own suggestion for how the dastardly incident should conclude:

"If he gets fined, then give me the money," Carroll said.


Other moments in trippin' history: Woody Hayes and Tommy Lewis.

Carroll's comeback: After breaking his leg last year in a Terps game, Carroll is playing again.

Carroll's mom elected lieutenant governor: Jennifer Carroll elected to No. 2 spot in Florida

By Cindy Boren  | December 13, 2010; 5:25 AM ET
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Posted by: ohwell1 | December 13, 2010 6:37 AM | Report abuse

The Jets players stay on the field. Why was Carroll two yards out of bounds? It could add a dimension to the game if the bench can trip and otherwise harrass players that can't stay on the field.

Posted by: DontGetIt | December 13, 2010 7:00 AM | Report abuse

There is no excuse for this type of activity, but it is nothing new - in fact, a lot of old school players did it as well. I remember years ago, on MNF, they ran a replay of Don Meredith attempting to do it to an opposing player after Dandy Don was already a Dallas Cowboys QB - Don actually narrated the clip and the guys in the booth all laughed about it.

Posted by: BobFV1 | December 13, 2010 7:32 AM | Report abuse

The "lead" punt coverage guys are regularly shoved out out of bounds on their way down the field -- often they'll have guys trying to block or slow them down, and inevitably they'll get pushed beyond the sidelines. So it's still up to players/coaches on the sidelines to get out of the way (or at least try to).

Posted by: blackjack65 | December 13, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Ya gotta wanna win.

Posted by: blasmaic | December 13, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

"Your employment with the organization is terminated, effective immediately."

How's that for "appropriate next steps"?

Posted by: dsk36 | December 13, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Football is a violent game full of players who get away with whatever they can both on and off the field and leaders who tolerate and promote the culture of self-absorbed violence. It attracts bullies like Alosi who get promoted to leadership positions. You just don't see this stuff at the math olympiads I watch.

Posted by: aurum79 | December 13, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

If the NFL doesn't direct the Jets to fire this guy today, then I hope not to hear any more garbage about players hitting each other too hard.

What that guy did was 100% inexcusable, and it's not something he should be allowed to apologize his way out of.

Posted by: kemp13 | December 13, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

5) WHY? MAYBE ONE STAFF IS STANDING INSIDE THE COACHES LINE, BUT a) six standing side by side b) and all six looking at the streaker and not the ball indicates that this was intentional with moras and c) maybe directed from the top.

6) all six standing side by side need to be fined and supsended.

Posted by: fatfreddie | December 13, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Now we know why the Jets were so concerned about the Patriots filming their sideline.

Posted by: justanotherguy | December 13, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Its the best play the Jets have made in two weeks.

Posted by: Poleman | December 13, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

I guess this now rates as the most bush league thing I've seen in pro sports. Worse even than A-Rod yelling "I got it" while heading to third base. This guy could have ruined somebody's career. If he is not fired, my rather great disdain for the Jets will grow even more profound.

Posted by: xSamplex | December 13, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

More on Nolan Carroll, his playing at days at Maryland and his comeback from a broken leg, from Amy Shipley:

Carroll's mom, fyi, is the lieutenant governor-elect of Florida. Hit refresh.

Posted by: Cindy Boren | December 13, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

To Dontgetit: That was about the most ignorant thing I have ever heard. You sound like a child looking to blame everything on everybody. You're as bad as the Jets coach that tripped the player.

Posted by: jrussell1 | December 13, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

NFL= National Felons League. Alosi should be fired and NEVER allowed near another NFL team in any capacity .Of course he is free to purchase tickets or watch a game on TV like the rest of us ...

Posted by: 10bestfan | December 13, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Today not tomorrow fine the Jets' management one million dollars.

Posted by: whocares666 | December 13, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

He should have been fired last night by the Jets and the fact that he wasnt should also bring additional sanctions from the league. He should be fired and banned from the NFL for five years and the Jets should be fined as well. Until a clear, definite, quick and severe punishment is levied there is no reason for better behavior. There are some things that can be solved with an apology. This is not one of them.
Let's watch the JETS and NFL today.

Posted by: sbeck1 | December 13, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

The Jets name is worth more to them then any coach. FIRE HIM!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: dv1236 | December 13, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Let's not forget Ohio State's Woody Hayes taking on a Clemson linebacker along the sideline. An unfortunate lowlight in an otherwise remarkable coaching career.

Posted by: flwood2341 | December 13, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

The Jets name is worth more to them then any coach. FIRE HIM!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: dv1236...

I call BS. JETS aint meant Nothing since Namath left...

Posted by: ensign83 | December 13, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

I expect nothing less from a Ryan coached team.
Buddy was the biggest A-hole of them all.

Posted by: Defund_NPR | December 13, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Well, it was unsportsmanlike, but I don't think it was a major felony. Carroll wasn't injured, and he was joking about it afterward. Alosi doesn't need to be fired, but he certainly should be fined. By the way, pretty funny that one of the Jets called him an "old man"- he's all of 33.

Posted by: justmike | December 13, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

They need to fire that jerk. What he did was highly unprofessional. What will he do for an encore? Knock a player upside the head with a 2 by 4? Maybe he's been watching too many 3 Stooges films.

Posted by: CAmira5 | December 13, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I really think this was some serious mental lapse. Was the play penalized, given a do-over, or was it just caught on the tape after the game was over? I missed it. I don't watch Miami games (snore).

Posted by: forgetthis | December 13, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Players should not run so close to the sidelines or allow themselves to be pushed out of bounds. The Jets were just trying to win the game, that's what it's all about.

Posted by: llrllr | December 13, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Carroll could stick his ex-Navy Lieutenant Commander, Lieutenant Governor mother on Alosi.

Posted by: nvamikeyo | December 13, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Carroll could stick his ex-Navy Lieutenant Commander, Lieutenant Governor mother on Alosi.

Posted by: nvamikeyo | December 13, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

If the Jets (or any NFL team for that matter) wanted to show a measure of class and respect, if not for their division rivals then for a fellow NFL player' they would immediately fire this bonehead without question.

That should have been done immediately after the incident became apparent to the Jets organization and the moronic employee admitted he did it.

Posted by: mika_england | December 13, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

"Players should not run so close to the sidelines or allow themselves to be pushed out of bounds. The Jets were just trying to win the game, that's what it's all about."

What the 'f' is that? So win at any cost is acceptable? Hope you get sterilized before you manage to have kids so you can't teach them that type of stupid, moronic, life lesson...

Posted by: mika_england | December 13, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Alosi should resign or be terminated from his job.

Posted by: brwntrt | December 13, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Make it a penalty to push a player out of bounds and place the ball at the spot of the foul.

Posted by: Keyskonnection | December 13, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

In a word, despicable.

Posted by: dand0202 | December 13, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Fire him and fine him 250,000 dollars. Ban him from the NFL.
This is inexcusable.

Posted by: America2010 | December 13, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

This is reminiscent in some ways to the tackle of Dickey Maegle by Tommy Lewis in the 1954 Cotton Bowl. Maegle was loose on a 95 yard touchdown run and Lewis came off the bench to tackle him in front of the Alabama bench. A 20+ year old kid can, perhaps, be excused for an emotional act, and, Maegle and he appeared together after that. Lewis was distraught that he lost his head. Such cannot be excused with the Jets coach, a mature 33 year old who lost his moral compass!

Posted by: jdrd58 | December 13, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Fire him.

Posted by: jckdoors | December 13, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

For the idiot who commented 'Why was he two yards out of bounds' obviously, you don't know squat about Special teams play -- the gunners are frequently blocked out of bounds; on to the incident, if there was any justice, and there won't be, this jack-a would be fired immediately. Of course, that won't happen. Who gives a crap about the players anyway, right? They're just a bunch of race horses.

Posted by: guisher | December 13, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Remember, there is Justice for whites. Since this is a white assistant coach, they will try and find a way out without firing him.

Now let that had been a Black Assistance Coach, and the player a white boy. He would have been fired and arrested on a charge of Battery of some sort.


Posted by: Special_One40 | December 13, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad Carroll wasn't injured, but what if Alosi had injured this player? Football players are tougher than most, but if they land the wrong way after being tripped, even they can end up with a broken bone. I can't even imagine a teenager being stupid enough to trip a football player who is running down field. I really can't.

I hope the Jets fire this man. He shows an appalling lack of judgement. And I don't see this as a "mental lapse" either. A mential lapse is forgetting where you left your keys, or forgetting to stop at the store on your way home from work.

Posted by: CAmira5 | December 13, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

he made a decision to trip the player--
he not only should be fired but charged with crime and a stiff fine. this mentallity is not needed in sports and
should be treated with harsh penalities

Posted by: llarry6409 | December 13, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

What a dumb thing to be caught doing on national television. How can someone "innocently" bend their knee out while someone is running in their direction? You shouldn't be allowed to get away with that kind of behavior especially if it was caught on tape. So far the Jets are just suspending him for the season and fining him $24,000, there was a poll about the severity of the punishment and some people think the punishment is too much, Alosi should be fired to maximize the damage to his reputation by doing this.

Posted by: ElsieW1n | December 14, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

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