Jets suspend coach Sal Alosi indefinitely because of new information
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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