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.”