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Posted at 1:58 PM ET, 12/15/2010

Jets suspend coach Sal Alosi indefinitely because of new information

By Cindy Boren

Sal Alosi's knee meets an onrushing Nolan Carroll. (

The New York Jets have now suspended strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi indefinitely because they discovered he instructed players to form a wall along the sideline.

Alosi was initially suspended for the rest of the season and fined $25,000 for tripping Miami Dolphins rookie Nolan Carroll on special teams coverage Sunday. The Jets changed the punishment today after speaking to players and determining that, according to Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum, Alosi instructed inactive players to line up next to the sideline (see photo).

"Once we got through the day Monday, it looked to me that it was unusual for them to be standing that way," Tannenbaum said.

In the wake of the incident, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said that Ray Anderson, the NFL's vice president of football operations, and his staff are "reviewing and clarifying sideline protocols with the teams at today's league meeting in Fort Worth and will follow up with a memo to the clubs this week."

Tannenbaum said that the instructions came from Alosi, that he did not receive them from Rex Ryan or special teams coach Mike Westhoff, Jenny Vrentas of the Star-Ledger tweets. The new information came to light, Tannenbaum said, when players were questioned yesterday and they said they were told to stand in that alignment. Tripping, however, was not part of the instruction.

"I don't teach it," Westhoff said, "I don't condone it. And I don't see it as gaining an advantage."

Tannenbaum said it was a "big concern" that Alosi didn't provide all the information Monday and that he is not ruling out any options regarding Alosi.


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"Tannenbaum said that the instructions came from Alosi, that he did not receive them from Rex Ryan or special teams coach Mike Westhoff"
I call BS, this guy did the tripping yes, but the call to line up like that came from above him. Alosi is the scapegoat, surprised he hasn't been fired yet.

Posted by: sleastacks | December 15, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Poor guy was just stretching out his hamstring and gets all this negative press.
Plus you can ask the "dream seat" ticket holders how bad the view is behind all the players, he needed to stand right on the sideline to be able to see the game!
Always a negative spin when it was clearly and accident!

Posted by: rfe18 | December 15, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Poor guy was just stretching out his hamstring and gets all this negative press.
Plus you can ask the "dream seat" ticket holders how bad the view is behind all the players, he needed to stand right on the sideline to be able to see the game!
Always a negative spin when it was clearly an accident!

Posted by: rfe18 | December 15, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

See you at golds gym buddy! Hook me up with some free training sessions.

Posted by: DCSportsfanatic1 | December 15, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

The man is bad news and needs to be fired. He wasn't mature or professional enough to handle (or even appreciate) the opportunity he was given to work with an NFL team. In a few years, if he grows up, maybe he'll be ready then.

And yes, I know some players behave badly too, but they are held accountable for unsportsmanlike behavior, just as Alosi is.

Posted by: CAmira5 | December 15, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

I love that the Jets brass is acting like they are shocked and outraged. Do you really think a strength and conditioning coach came up with this? Really?

Posted by: ouvan59 | December 16, 2010 6:34 AM | Report abuse

I'm not a sports jock so will someone please explain to me why is it wrong to line up on the sideline the way those players did. They were not ON the field of play while the Miami player was OFF the field.

Also, in the article by the Associated Press that appeared in the print edition, the word "gunner" was used. What/who is a gunner: the player carrying the ball?, a defense player? I have never heard this word used in a sports article before.

Posted by: Paaa | December 16, 2010 7:20 AM | Report abuse

Rex Ryan's father would have bounties out on opposing players. The apple doesn't far from the tree. No doubt that this was orchestrated by Fat Rex and the strength coach is the patsy. The strength coach has about as much clout on the sidelines as the 8 year old kid who runs out on the field to grab the tee after kick-offs.

Fess up, Rex and way to run your mouth b4 your team got waxed and humiliated by the Patriots.

Posted by: randysbailin | December 16, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse

When I saw the headline I figured they got this guy on a steroid charge. All these juice monkeys are doing roids or supplying them, right?

Posted by: sjp879 | December 16, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Is Rex Ryan's father Buddy Ryan?

As a Redskins fan, about the only time I ever sympathized with the Dallas Cowboys was when Buddy Ryan's team was playing them. His team was comfortably ahead by a touchdown or two, it had the ball first and goal on about the Dallas's five yard line and there was about a minute left in the game. Ryan's quarterback took the knee three times as the Cowboy players just stood around while the clock wound down. Then on fourth down the quarterback threw a pass into the end zone for a touchdown. After the game Buddy Ryan was quoted as saying he always wanted to do that. That's some kind of classy guy isn't he?

Posted by: Paaa | December 16, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Buddy was an obnoxious P.O.S. just like his kids.

It's funny, Belichick gets criticized for lackluster handshakes. Buddy didn't even bother going out to midfield.

Posted by: Please_Fix_VAs_Roads | December 16, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Paaa - "Gunner" is an unofficial term used on special teams. The gunner is the guy who's job it is to be the first one down the field on a kick. He'll try to either get an early hit on the returner before he has a chance to move, force the returner to commit to a direction - funnelling him toward other tacklers - or disrupt the blocking scheme enough that the other defenders can come in and make a tackle (they used to call them 'wedge-breakers' when wedge blocking formations were in vougue). In order to accomplish this, the gunner will often run out of bounds to get around the blockers assigned to impede him. Going out of bounds is legal, provided he makes a reasonable effort to get back on the field, re-establishes himself on the field before engaging a blocker or making a tackle and is not the first one to touch the ball in the event of a fumble or downed kick.

The Jets were trying to form a wall along the sideline to limit his ability to run out of bounds and elude their blockers. In and of itself, there is nothing inherently wrong with that per se, other than perhaps being a bit unsportsmanlike, provided that they are all off the field of play (which they were). There are many who feel that players' ability to cover ground out of bounds should be curtailed by rule anyway, so it's a bit of a grey area as to wheter this is a shrewd or dirty tactic. It's open to interpretation and everyone will have an opinion. That being said, engaging, intentionally contacting or tripping the gunner is unquestionably beyond the pale and Alesi pretty much deserves whatever he has coming his way, particularly if it was premeditated as it now seems to be - at least somewhat.

If it was a spur of the moment thing, I can accept it as a mistake. If it was a premeditated thing, that makes it a bit harder to forgive and definitely warrants further punishment. If it was premeditated and was, in fact, done without the knowledge of the senior coaching staff, then the guy will be lucky if he ever works in the NFL again. As to wheter you believe that or not, most likely will come down to what team you support and how big a rival the Jets are to them. But don't believe for a second that "your" team doesn't have knuckleheads like this prowling the sidelines as well!

Posted by: jeffgraham117 | December 16, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

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