Blog Entry

Why Sal Alosi was even in position to trip

Posted on: December 14, 2010 3:31 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2010 3:43 pm

Posted by Andy Benoit

UPDATE 3:42 p.m. ET: Turns out Zach Thomas was right: the Jets assistant coaches were indeed instructed to form a wall along the sideline. And we’ve found out who gave that order: Sal Alosi. As in, the Sal Alosi who tripped Nolan Carroll. The Jets have now made Alosi’s season-long suspension an indefinite suspension. His future with the franchise is bleak at this point.

There are some whS. Alosi o believe that the Jets assistant coaches, including Sal Alosi, were under orders to crowd the sideline on the play in which Dolphins gunner Nolan Carroll was tripped. Count former Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas among the believers.

"They had to be ordered to stand there because they're foot to foot," Thomas told Tim Graham of "There's four of them, side to side -- five of them, I mean -- on the edge of the coach's zone. They're only out there to restrict the space of the gunner, who is Nolan Carroll.

"But there's more to it because I'm telling you, the only thing [Alosi] did wrong was intentionally put that knee out there. If he just stood there, there would never have been a problem, even if the guy got tripped. But there's more to this. He was ordered to stand there. No one is foot to foot on the sideline in the coach's box."

Thomas makes a very valid point. And if the coaches were indeed ordered to stand there, that could explain what prompted Alosi to do what he did. (Not saying Alosi was instructed to trip Carroll, but the very idea of crowding Carroll’s space could have subtly encouraged him to take things a step too far.)

If the assistants were instructed to stand shoe-to-shoe, then who gave them the order? Rex Ryan has already said it wasn’t him. Tuesday, special teams coach Mike Westhoff issued a statement saying, “Number one, I did not instruct anyone. Number two, I was not aware. With all of the people on the sidelines, it would be inconsequential and I would not be involved in any way, shape or form.”

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed


Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2010 5:10 pm

Why Sal Alosi was even in position to trip

also if you look at the picture the other trainers are lookig right at alosi's kneed tripping carol ...its so bush and the jets should also be fined ...there a bunch of grit bags

Since: Mar 5, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2010 5:03 pm

Why Sal Alosi was even in position to trip

They 9coaches) played like JETS, too.  Trickle down effect from the head coach.  It does make sense now that I see it again.  I cannot remember EVER seeing assistants standing like this, especially, on a punt.

Since: Mar 12, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2010 5:02 pm

Why Sal Alosi was even in position to trip

Not a Jets fan, but I don't really care if the sideline was positioned to block the gunner. I don't care if Alosi was suspended, although I think the $25K fine was excessive. What bothers me, and what should bother Jets fans, is that the head coach and front office hasn't taken an ounce of responsibility for this incident. In this case, it is true that the team reflects the personality of the coach. He's a fat blustering buffoon, and that attitude has been passed on to the coaches, players, and staff. Suspend Alosi? A guy who's probably making less than $100K? Fine him? Without admitting that maybe there's something wrong with the culture in Jetsville? That's just hypocritical.

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2010 4:38 pm

Why Sal Alosi was even in position to trip

Well...I'm not much for conspiracy type theories, but it is odd that they are standing like that.  Even if Ryan didn't explicitly order them (or order someone to order them) to do it, it is an indictment on how unprofessional of a system he has built in NY.  

Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2010 4:02 pm

Why Sal Alosi was even in position to trip

Now we know why the Patriots were filming the Jets' sideline.

Had to keep an eye out for rouge training staff.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2010 3:54 pm

Why Sal Alosi was even in position to trip

I love how coaches spend hours planning every detail of every hour of every day for everyone underneath them on the totem pole, which is everyone, and then act stunned after the game when things like this happen. They're apparently the last man to know everything despite the fact that they plan literally everything. They know everything about their team, unless it's something that makes them look bad. Then they have no Earthly idea what happened, why it happened, who ordered to happen, or that it happened at all.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or