Alosi Tactics Bring Up More Questions


Sal Alosi made a mistake and not really a big one.  At least those are the words of Palm Beach Post columnist Brian Biggane.  Keep that in mind, they are not MY WORDS!  I felt that after the incident occurred the NFL and the NY Jets should immediately terminate the teams strength and conditioning coach.  But Biggane apparently felt that he has already had too much face time and frankly the issue needed to die.  He had his 15 minutes of fame, Biggane said before saying this.

we all make mistakes, and unless they are really big ones – which this one isn’t - there should be room for forgiveness” – Brian Biggane

Not a big one?  Interesting considering that something like this could have easily ended the career of a player.

Apparently though this entire ordeal isn’t over yet.  Well, maybe it is now.  According to league reports Alosi has been placed on “indefinite suspension” and could possibly be terminated after he admitted to ordering players to stand foot to foot to form a wall on the sideline in an attempt to block the Miami Dolphins gunner, in this case Nolan Carroll.  Gunners are often pushed out of bounds on punts so the wall was used as an impediment.

So are you telling me that Alosi came up with this idea all on his own?  (take the poll on page 2)

The real issue here is how a strength and conditioning coach came up with such a well designed plan that had it not been for his own stupidity would have not been caught.  I find it hard to believe that this “muscle” coach came up with this wall all on his own.  Both Mike Westhoff the Jets special teams coach and HC Rex Ryan vehemently deny any knowledge of the tactic.

Earlier this week former Dolphins LB Zach Thomas spoke about this on a local Miami radio show when he pointed out that the 6 individuals would have to be ordered to stand there as it was so out of the ordinary.  Thomas was right and as of right now, it’s Alosi who is at the center of the issue.  Which again brings up the question, did Alosi call this on his own or was he too ordered to do it?  If so, are the Jets coaches and ownership working hard to keep this quiet by allowing Alosi to be a team player and shut his mouth?

They are legitimate questions that should be asked regardless of whether anyone will ever know the truth.  The reality is that the entire Jets team has become something unusual since the arrival of Rex Ryan.  As Karlos Dansby pointed out, it starts at the top.

Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum is definitely none to thrilled but has yet to fire the man…which also begs the same question.  IF he did in fact order the wall and did in fact trip Carroll, then why does he still have a job?

“All options are certainly on the table,” General Manager Mike Tannenbaum told reporters in regards to the possibility of Alosi being fired.

He said coach Rex Ryan and special-teams coach Mike Westhoff  were not aware of the tactic and said the Jets extended Alosi’s suspension because he was not “forthcoming about his instructions to the inactive players.”

“It was really for the totality of the situation – the unsportsmanlike act of what happened, and the fact that we didn’t have all the information on Monday,” Tannenbaum said. “Over the course of the next couple of days, more information came out, and that really doesn’t sit well with us.”

So why extend his suspension?  Why not simply fire him?  Alosi has been suspended for the remainder of the season and the playoffs without pay, so changing that to indefinite means he won’t return until sometime after the season…if at all.  Why wait?  Well, maybe the conspiracy theorists are right on this one.  Maybe they are trying to figure out how much it will cost to keep him quiet about what really happened on the sideline.

What do you think?

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  • CJ

    It really is about the totality of the situation. Ordering players to stand in a wall isn’t necessarily “wrong.” It becomes wrong if it’s being used to actively influence the play (say, the blockers are consciously funneling the gunner out of bounds into the wall, which no-one has alleged yet.). If you’re passively standing in a location that’s technically out of bounds, it’s cut-throat, but not really unsportsmanlike.

    The only reason the wall matters is that it shows Alosi’s conduct wasn’t simply spontaneous, it was premeditated that he was looking to influence that play. Had he not tripped Carroll, i wouldn’t have had a problem with it, and if he hadn’t formed the wall, I would have taken a much more sympathetic view of his “I wasn’t thinking. It was an unfortunate spur of the moment decision” excuse. But the combination says something different. He was itching for an opportunity to influence a play, and he got it and took it.

    So yeah, he should be fired, but he should be fired for the trip, not for the wall. The wall only matters because it affects the light through which you must view the trip.

  • Brian Miller

    It’s interesting you bring that up as Mike Westhoff has accused the Patriots of doing the same thing, then turned around and clarified that he didn’t think it was wrong, then distanced himself further from the Jets issues with it. Which leads to believe that he knew about it being used by the Jets.

    A league spokesman did say that forming that wall is not supposed to be allowed but didn’t ellaborate to whether or not there was a rule regarding it.

    I can say this, I spoke with an NFL media guy and they are already talking about making the coaches and the players stay further away from the field.

  • john

    The guy is taking a fall for the big fat #$^& in charge. I don’t think they came up with it, I think they stole it from the Pats.