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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.”

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Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2010 12:32 pm
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Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2010 12:30 pm

Why Sal Alosi was even in position to trip

Alosi pulled a douche move and got caught.

Defend him all you want, but coaches and players on teh sideline are instructed to get out of the way.  None of that Jersey trash coaching staff had any intention of moving  - except to ensure contact was made with a player.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2010 12:26 pm

Why Sal Alosi was even in position to trip

Witch hunt plain and simple, Alosi moved his leg a matter of inches, a douche move to be sure, but tripping? Alosi is being thrown under a bus for very, very little reason.

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2010 12:15 pm

Why Sal Alosi was even in position to trip

The rule prevents any player (the gunner) from intentionally going out of bounds to avoid contact.  If they are forced out, as was Nolan Carroll ) they must immediately within reason go back into the field of play or it is an unsportsmanlike (15 yard) penalty.  Immediately, is at the discretion of the sideline referee. So the probability that the Miami defenders were intentionally running out of the field of play is very remote.

Since: Aug 12, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2010 12:03 pm

Why Sal Alosi was even in position to trip

Someone on the Jets staff needs to Man-Up and confess.  This nonsense makes the whole staff seem ignorant!  I don't think the assistants have the brains to think this up all alone! 

Since: Dec 3, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2010 11:55 am

Why Sal Alosi was even in position to trip

NOTE: The captioned picture enforces my point, as this shows the player STILL out of bounds at least 10 yards down the field. Don't get me wrong, I'm not condoning this man's actions (Jets faculty), but like the old saying "eye for an eye", we got a chicken $hit act for a chicken $hit act. I do believe he was penalized enough. (IF he even makes $100,00 - which I'm sure is less, but we'll use this figure for argument's sake, that is a QUARTER of his GROSS ANNUAL salary) Now try to imagine 1/4 of your gross salary taken from you.

Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2010 11:54 am

Why Sal Alosi was even in position to trip

As long as they are not standing on the chalk, the coaches can be wherever they want. And looking at this still shot, you can see the Miami player is almost on their side of the line too. The intentional tripping was bush league and the penalty on that coach was justified, but I say let them stand there, cuz they also stand a good chance of getting smacked into and injured by a player with a full head of steam. If Miami was doing this before, why didn't Ryan complain to the officials and point this out so they would watch for it? I can tell you why, Ryan is an ass who would rather do things his way. You know he was responsible for this to some degree.

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2010 11:47 am

Why Sal Alosi was even in position to trip

It seems each of CBS's writers are taking a turn at writing about this story, now they're seeking an ex-Dolphins player's opinion to keep the pot stirring. Who's next on the CBS writers' lists to interview? Dan Marino? Larry Csonka? Bob Greasy? Maybe even Don Shula? Are they going to also interview the surviving 1972 Dolphins when they pop the bubbly at next year's celebration? If that's the case, why limit it to just ex-Dolphins players. Why not ask Dear Abby what she thinks, or Oprah. Hell, let's make a case of it on 60 Minutes. After all, CBS does air that "investigative" prog

Ok, even if the Jets asked those trainers to stand there - just in case the gunner stayed out of bounds for 15 yards like their earlier gunner - It's highly doubtful they'd say trip the guy. It was an idiotic move by an idiotic gym rat. Period. If one were to suppose the Jets were that malicious, you'd have to believe they would've instead put a bounty on the Dolphins punter, who was punting 60 yarders on them all day. Wipe out the gunner? doubt it.

Get a life reporters and people. Alosi was fined a hefty amount (in relation to his Jets salary) and suspended. He's an embarrassment to the team, the league, the fans, his parents, his family, his friends and prospective future employers (when he and the Jets ultimatly part ways). He'll be living with this for a long time. If you want to continue the criticism, maybe even order a voodoo doll to jab at, go ahead. But remember we all probably give better treatment to colleagues, acquaintances, friends and even family members who subtly try to trip us on our walk/run through life without any warning. Think about that for a while.

Since: Dec 3, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2010 11:42 am

Why Sal Alosi was even in position to trip

I was sick Sunday afternoon and couldn't reach the remote, so I watched this game. I did take notice at the top of the screen (visible side of punt formation televised) that the Miami gunners (regardless of player lined up there) would go in motion towards sideline and at snap run straight out of bounds (not forced) and would remain there (running out of bounds down side line) to avoiding blocks.  I believe they were penalized at least once for this. I also believe the Jets coaching staff took notice and in fact notified and instructed these men to block the sideline from Miami's gunner tactics (which is illegal)...of course there is usually one over zealous individual that will take things too far. And now you have the makings of this story.

Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2010 11:31 am

Why Sal Alosi was even in position to trip

Alosi you stupid idiot, go hang yourself and never come back. That includes you Rexy, you fat nasty, triple chinned, trailerpark, manteca eating, sister banging bastard. CHEATERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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