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League, Jets mum on Alosi, for now

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Jets strength coach Sal Alosi probably would like to send a fruit basket (or maybe just a photo of one) to former colleague Brett Favre tonight, given that news of the end of Favre’s 297-game regular-season starting streak is now dominating the NFL landscape.

But we’re not willing or ready to move on (or move out) from the question of whether and to what extent Alosi will be disciplined by the league or the Jets.  Since it’s not clear whether the league or the Jets will discipline Alosi — and since we’re not sure why no decision on a fairly clear-cut issue wasn’t made on Monday — we sent these question within the past half hour to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello:

“Is there anything you can tell me about Alosi?  Who is imposing discipline?  When will decision be made?

“Is it permissible for teams to instruct a phalanx of players, staff, etc. to stand on the border of the sideline to keep gunners from running out of bounds?  Did that happen here?”

Aiello’s response?  “Check with the Jets.”

(We pointed out that the last question is applicable to the league.  In response, Aiello said, “There is no rule that pertains to the situation you describe.  Obviously, players and staff stand on the sideline.  But Ray Anderson and his staff are reviewing the overall issue.”)

So we cut and pasted the questions and sent them to Jets spokesman Bruce Speight.  Said Speight, “I will keep you posted.”

There could be a reason for the evasiveness.  Chris Mortensen reported on ESPN’s SportsCenter that the league and the Jets currently are caucusing regarding the issue, and that a decision could come soon.

For now, we’ll leave you with this observation.  Look at the video again.  Whoever was standing second in the Alosi Alignment apparently dipped his shoulder and leaned toward Dolphins gunner Nolan Carroll.  As a result, it’s imperative that the league refuse to regard this as an isolated incident and investigate whether and to what extent Rex Ryan or Mike Westoff or someone else has specifically arranged for these men to stand in a position that potentially will interfere with the gunner, and whether Rex or someone else may have quipped at some point, “And if that mutherf–ker happens to run into you and fall down, then that’s his f–king problem.”

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28 Responses to “League, Jets mum on Alosi, for now”
  1. blackglass3 says: Dec 13, 2010 6:47 PM

    Scumbag front office. Scumbag players. Scumbag fanbase.

    Enjoy golfing in January, you cheating pieces of crap.

  2. pooflingingmonkey says: Dec 13, 2010 6:48 PM

    Alosi = scum. A perfect match for the Jets going forward.

  3. cletusvandam says: Dec 13, 2010 6:50 PM

    I discovered this site years ago. This is one of the reasons that I come back 10-15 times a day. You stay with things that others let slide. Keep up the good work!!

  4. giablommi says: Dec 13, 2010 6:51 PM

    The Jets are a disgrace for their (lack of) handling of this matter. 24 hours after the fact, nothing.

    I believe the term as applied to college programs would be “lack of institutional control”, and that would seem to fit this embarrassment of a franchise.

  5. prior0knowledge says: Dec 13, 2010 6:52 PM

    If the Jets owner has any respect for the game of football, he would fire Alosi immediately.

    Unacceptable. If Woody Hayes, one of the most respected college head coachs ever can be fired immediately for a similar action, so can a strength coach.

  6. joerevs300 says: Dec 13, 2010 6:52 PM

    It’s pretty clear they weren’t rehearsing for a Broadway show over there, unless they were trying to break the “gunner’s” leg.

    I can’t ever, for the life of me, remember anyone that close to the out of bounds line on a kickoff or punt return, so their intent is undeniable.

    Wish I had the video access, because I’m willing to bet a large amount of money that this isn’t the first time the Jets have done this, but it might have been the first chance they had to pull a Bugs Bunny on Yosemite Sam crime

  7. hockeygoalie29 says: Dec 13, 2010 6:54 PM

    Red Rover Red Rover send Nolan Carroll right over!!!

  8. jackm1184 says: Dec 13, 2010 6:57 PM

    if Aloisi needs to send a fruit basket to Brett Favre, should the NFL in turn send a fruit basket to Aloisi for overshadowing a certain fifth down at FedEx Field…

  9. hobartbaker says: Dec 13, 2010 6:58 PM

    I wonder what the guys down at Luigi’s $3 Dollar Haircuts have to say about the incident?

  10. ampats says: Dec 13, 2010 7:00 PM

    Keep up the good work Mike !

    It is interesting when you see the video how all the Jets coaches are in a line with their shoes right on the white line. I would not be surprised if this was a plan for the Dolphins Special teams punt team, not to trip the player but to make it difficult on the gunner if he is forced out.

    The implosion has begun and will continue this Sunday in Pittsburgh and continue onto Chicago!

    Loved that dumbfounded look on Rex’s face !

    Firehydrant Ed looked like someone stole his GD snack !

    Jets BOOM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. seanx40 says: Dec 13, 2010 7:01 PM

    If Rex said that, and made it team policy, then the team should also be punished. Like the Broncos, and Patriots for the spying.

    Alosi still should be fired. Even if his boss told him to do such things.

  12. steelers6pack says: Dec 13, 2010 7:01 PM

    NFL won’t do ANYTHING! Since when are 6 peopel who are not players allowed to stand RIGHT ON THE SIDELINES? This is Rex Ryan driven, like his old man trying to take out a kicker years ago! They let players play who get arrested a few days before games aka, Parrish Cox! However if a Steeler and you touch a QB you get fined! Goodell won’t do anything…….

  13. bucks12965 says: Dec 13, 2010 7:02 PM

    Why you gotta call him a mutherf–ker?

  14. materialman80 says: Dec 13, 2010 7:04 PM

    The man needs to be put out of the game. There is no place for that in the NFL.

  15. kimcon22000 says: Dec 13, 2010 7:05 PM

    Very funny stuff.

  16. hobartbaker says: Dec 13, 2010 7:07 PM

    Everyone was mum except Sal who would only say “Yo mama”.

  17. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Dec 13, 2010 7:10 PM

    Why is this so hard. Fire him. Then ProFootballtalk earn their NBC money and go over all NBC footage of the Jets and see if it’s happened before(you know establishing a pattern). This is not freaking rocket science.

  18. agamemnon1974 says: Dec 13, 2010 7:12 PM

    Let me first state that what the Jets coach did was absolutely a cheap shot; I’d say the guy should be fired for this type of cheap shot.

    Still, hasn’t anybody brought up the fact that the gunner was out of bounds when he wasn’t supposed to be? There is what looks like 4 to 6 feet of out of bounds white there between the field out of bounds and where players and coaches are standing. A gunner cannot go out of bounds on his own or it’s a 15 yeard penalty on the kicking team. If a gunner doesn’t make an effort to get back in bounds as soon as he can after being pushed out, that’s a 15 yard penalty. If the blocker doesn’t allow the gunner to come back in bounds, I believe that’s a 15 yard penalty on the receiving team. The gunner shouldn’t have been anywhere near the Jets’ coaching staff. This should never have happened.

    Still, it is absolutely a cheap shot and I’d fire the guy.

  19. dvnelson72 says: Dec 13, 2010 7:16 PM

    If Sal is Jeff Gillooly, who is Tonya Harding? Ryan or Westhoff?

  20. dvnelson72 says: Dec 13, 2010 7:21 PM

    If teams are allowed to form walls of flesh just beyond the white line to interfere with the game, running backs and wide receivers will get killed soon.

    I guess it’ll be like a schoolyard fight. Both sidelines will be shoving and hitting any player who dares step out of bounds… whether voluntarily or with help.

    How many WRs dive toward the sidelines to make a catch? Maybe some reserve LBs can inadvertently go head to head, to protect themselves of course.

  21. thetooloftools says: Dec 13, 2010 7:36 PM

    Suspend him for the rest of the season.
    This cheap shot has no excuse.
    It’s like a bad playground move gone
    really bad.
    It wouldn’t have sucked so bad if it wasn’t so obvious.
    He can cry and apologize all he wants…. but at the end of the day… this loser needs to go for the rest of the year.
    BANG
    RIGHT IN THE KNEE?
    WTF was he thinking.
    If Goodell is going to bang on players.. he better put this dog down.
    This wasn’t a “heat of battle” deal.
    This was BEYOND reckless.
    That shot was NOT an accident.
    A price must be paid.

  22. benjaminbreeg11 says: Dec 13, 2010 7:43 PM

    #
    blackglass3 says: Dec 13, 2010 6:47 PM

    Scumbag front office. Scumbag players. Scumbag fanbase.

    Enjoy golfing in January, you cheating pieces of crap.
    —————————————————
    Well said.

    This incident really shows what the JETS, their crap coaches and witless fans are all about.

    My guess if flabby Rex will be running an all-you-can-eat buffet dive within a couple years, you know, something he can actually handle.

    Eat Sh#t, Jet Fans.

  23. doe22us says: Dec 13, 2010 7:49 PM

    yeah looking at the video its kinda odd, the way they are aligned in a straight line waiting to wreck havoc.. oh well you can thank the classless Jet organization for that..

  24. youaretheworst1 says: Dec 13, 2010 7:52 PM

    Draft Pick!!!! Take it off the board. Yup!

  25. iownyou2 says: Dec 13, 2010 9:34 PM

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    steelers6pack says: Dec 13, 2010 7:01 PM

    NFL won’t do ANYTHING! Since when are 6 peopel who are not players allowed to stand RIGHT ON THE SIDELINES? This is Rex Ryan driven, like his old man trying to take out a kicker years ago! They let players play who get arrested a few days before games aka, Parrish Cox! However if a Steeler and you touch a QB you get fined! Goodell won’t do anything…….
    ____________________________________
    Im a steelers fan and you are a moron. Coaches stand right on the sideline, he is a coach. Watch any game and there will be many more than 6 people standing OUTSIDE of the white boundary. And also, moron, Parrish Cox doesn’t play for the Jets.

  26. iownyou2 says: Dec 13, 2010 9:36 PM

    To all you idiots out there. Refer to the next post.

  27. dvnelson72 says: Dec 13, 2010 10:34 PM

    @iownyou2 “Im a steelers fan and you are a moron. Coaches stand right on the sideline, he is a coach. Watch any game and there will be many more than 6 people standing OUTSIDE of the white boundary.”

    They do stand on the sideline. How many coaches/players on the sideline do you see engage someone who is in the play?

    They usually step back instead of holding their ground.

  28. stanjam says: Dec 14, 2010 12:54 AM

    Look at the film. This was planned. They obviously were told to stand there, because they look like a chorus line. The second guy indeed did throw a shoulder.

    Look at them all looking exactly the same, all with hands in their pockets, so they look like they aren’t doing anything.

    The Jets fine and suspend him before the league takes action. Why? Because they do NOT want the league looking into this.

    The Jets are cheaters, and they should have their number one pick taken away, and Rex should be fined for planning it all.

    At first I was willing to think that it was just this idiot, but after looking closely at the footage, and after hearing this guy apologize so quickly, and the Jets actions, I am CONVINCED this was a premeditated plan, and it should be looked into.

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