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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 ESPN.com. "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: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2010 8:24 pm
 

Why Sal Alosi was even in position to trip

@ sdmmia:

Wow, I've read quite a few of your posts, and I probably should apologize to you.  You belittle everyone and are rude to everyone you respond to, so at least you treat everyone the same.  But really, you are the moron!



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2010 9:21 pm
 

Why Sal Alosi was even in position to trip

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Since: Jul 2, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2010 8:50 pm
 

Why Sal Alosi was even in position to trip

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Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2010 7:51 pm
 

Why Sal Alosi was even in position to trip

it would be interesting to see film of the sideline from this game to see if they just appeared at the edge of the coach's box in those punting situations

I'd be shocked if this wasn't the case.  It happens all over the league, every game.  They're allowed to do it as long as they're within the coaches box and many, if not most, teams do.  They're just not as "formal" about it, standing toe to toe.  They generally just stand around within the coaches box where they anticipate the gunner getting forced out if its going to happen.  They don't "have to be that close" but there's nothing wrong with it.  What Alosi did, that was obviously wrong.


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