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Jets won’t comment on whether Alosi can’t comment

When Jets strength coach Sal Alosi claimed he and he alone designed and implemented the sideline phalanx aimed at impeding gunners on the opposing punt team, we suspected that Alosi was taking the fall for a practice that was actually designed and implemented by special-team coordinator Mike Westhoff and/or head coach Rex Ryan.  Given that Alosi had previously lied to the team about whether a coordinated effort was made to limit the amount of room with which the opposing gunners had to work, most organizations would have fired Alosi on the spot.

When Alosi wasn’t fired, we predicted two outcomes.  First, the Jets would find a way to keep him.  Second, Alosi would leave the employment of the team and receive a severance package that included a written commitment not to talk to the media or anyone else about what Westhoff and Ryan knew, and when they knew it.

As to the latter possibility, Alosi no longer is employed by the Jets.  Rich Cimini of reports that a Jets spokesman declined to say whether Alosi received a severance package or signed a confidentiality agreement.

If Alosi actually did not sign a confidentiality agreement, it would be in the team’ best interests to say so.  Under these circumstances, “no comment” arguably amounts to implied confirmation that he received something of value in exchange for a willingness to adopt the demeanor of Sgt. Schulz.

From the Jets’ perspective, it’s good business.  They pay Alosi for three or four months and he agrees never to say anything to anyone about what he knows.  And he received the opportunity to resign, which makes it much easier to land a new job than saying, “I got fired.”

Bottom line?  Strength coaches usually aren’t involved in developing or implementing strategy.  It would be strange for Alosi to have been acting on his own, especially since the video of the incident that exposed the practice shows coach Rex Ryan standing next to the alignment of Alosi and others standing shoulder-to-shoulder and toe-to-toe.

In the end, the Jets did something to merit a $100,000 fine.  And that seems to be a very stiff punishment for something as simple as a strength coach gone rogue.

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28 Responses to “Jets won’t comment on whether Alosi can’t comment”
  1. 305phinphan says: Feb 1, 2011 12:39 PM

    Who cares? It’s over and done with. Nolan Carroll was not injured and Sal Alosi made a bad judgment call. He got suspended for the rest of the season and once the season was over he was let go. I would say lesson learned.

  2. cletusvandam says: Feb 1, 2011 12:44 PM

    Team of destiny my ass

  3. vdaigglesfan says: Feb 1, 2011 12:48 PM

    Couldn’t we settle all this with Tonya Harding’s former fiance breaking his kneecap. (Google it, she was white trash Lindsey Lohan type train wreck).

  4. dboom says: Feb 1, 2011 1:05 PM

    Enjoy the offseason, Jet fans!

    I’ve never seen so much controversy surround such an irrelevant team.

  5. majikalmushr0om says: Feb 1, 2011 1:06 PM

    I guess Rex never told him the other useful purposes his feet can serve…

  6. mksnpcola says: Feb 1, 2011 1:08 PM

    Once again this team displays it’s class. When the guy in charge conducts himself the way he does ( running his mouth, foot fetish garbage displayed on you tube, and generally being a foul mouth jerk) you don’t have to wonder about the special teams coach, or the strength coach. It is the trickle down effect of dysfunction.

  7. mvp43 says: Feb 1, 2011 1:12 PM

    I’m sure he’ll land on both feet……

  8. wetpaperbag2 says: Feb 1, 2011 1:13 PM

    vdaigglesfan says: Feb 1, 2011 12:48 PM

    Couldn’t we settle all this with Tonya Harding’s former fiance breaking his kneecap. (Google it, she was white trash Lindsey Lohan type train wreck).


  9. rcunningham says: Feb 1, 2011 1:13 PM

    I won’t comment on if the Jets won’t comment on whether Alosi can’t comment.

  10. commoncents says: Feb 1, 2011 1:16 PM

    Alosi made a better attempt at a tackle than Cromartie ever did.

  11. east96st says: Feb 1, 2011 1:20 PM

    “From the Jets’ perspective, it’s good business. They pay Alosi for three or four months and he agrees never to say anything to anyone about what he knows.”

    No wonder you’re no longer a lawyer. He should get more money than that just from Rex alone.

  12. blackglass3 says: Feb 1, 2011 1:24 PM

    Look, the Jets have their own personal Matt Walsh. So, is Alosi going to wait until the day before the Jets play the Super Bowl and tell the Daily News or Post that he was ordered to do this and have tape to prove it, then actually have nothing of interest and become an obscure stain on the sports world?

  13. avrus says: Feb 1, 2011 1:45 PM

    You guys must love the Jets here at PFT. I have no other way to explain why you feature 5 articles a day on them.

    Can’t wait to see what you come up with from March to August.

  14. scoob766 says: Feb 1, 2011 1:51 PM

    Horrible franchise, horrible team, horrible coaches, horribly players, horrible owners, horrible management.

    This guy takes the fall for something it’s clear EVERYONE knew about. At least when New England videotaped (not a Pats fan) they won SB’s, the Jets can’t win anything while cheating.

  15. jkapps3 says: Feb 1, 2011 2:08 PM

    stay classy jets…stay classy

  16. mistrezzrachael says: Feb 1, 2011 2:11 PM

    So sad to be talking about a Super Bowl without the jets in it…especially after their big talk and guarantees.

    Bet the Mrs is happy though..Her beautiful feet are getting worshipped….lol, old Rexy will do anything to get somethings in his mouth.

  17. cylondetector says: Feb 1, 2011 2:20 PM

    You know something’s up when they Jesters AREN’T talking.

  18. chapnastier says: Feb 1, 2011 2:48 PM

    and yet there is still no proof that Ryan had anything to do with it. Oh keep hating the Jets and trying to make everyone else hate them as well. It worked since last summer, why mess with it?

  19. lhaveprettyfeet says: Feb 1, 2011 2:55 PM

    Nice mug shot, Alosi.

    Didn’t know Goodell threw him in jail. That man really is on a power TRIP. No pun intended.

    Alosi will be alright, Rex will make sure he lands on his feet somewhere.

  20. lawyermalloy says: Feb 1, 2011 3:25 PM

    He’ll stay quiet until he realizes no other team will ever touch him AND someone offers him more money to talk!

  21. jc1958coo says: Feb 1, 2011 3:25 PM

    no comment! guess which one of us is it!!!!!!! lol

  22. redsghost says: Feb 1, 2011 3:25 PM

    “And that seems to be a very stiff punishment”

    For CHEATING??? That’s it???? Seem to recall a certain other team that once accidentally taped a few feet away from the prescribed taping area and lost a 1st round draft choice and half a million dollars. That’s why I like Goodell- he treats all the teams the same (sic)
    So this guy didn’t accidentally tape a few feet away, but DELIBERATELY tried to injure a player AND it appears as if the team was in on it. Much,much worse than said team.
    So, WHEN will Gooddell take away their first rounder?
    Clue- He won’t cause he’s an Ex-employee of the cheating team.

  23. hooterdawg says: Feb 1, 2011 3:45 PM

    “This guy takes the fall for something it’s clear EVERYONE knew about. At least when New England videotaped (not a Pats fan) they won SB’s, the Jets can’t win anything while cheating.”

    Obviously, you don’t realize that the Pats DENY cheating during their SB years. Goodell destroyed any tapes that could connect their cheating to those Superbowl wins.

  24. dempsey63 says: Feb 1, 2011 4:26 PM

    One grave is a plot; two graves make for a cemetery. If Alosi talks, Jimmy Hoffa will have a partner in his new digs.

  25. granadafan says: Feb 1, 2011 6:19 PM

    Alosi got the boot by Ryan, but he’ll toetally land on his feet somewhere else. Now that the shoe is on the other foot caught cheating, the Jets can’t stomp on the Pats anymore.

  26. wtf__seriously says: Feb 1, 2011 7:47 PM

    Wow, 25 comments on a non-story. Thanks PFT readers for keeping the NY Jets relevant, then complaining about their being relevant!

    And MistrezzRachael, welcome back! you disappeared the week the Jets eliminated the Pats from the playoffs, despite being called out by so many posters. I see your comments still obsess over the foot story. Confirms where your interests lie, if nothing else.

  27. drunkendegenerate says: Feb 2, 2011 8:52 AM

    I can’t wait to see Green Bay beat up on the Patriots in the Super Bowl. Wait, what’s that? Oh, the Patriots lost. 14-2, number 1 seed. But when the chips were down, they were intimidated by the NYJ. Now that’s funny. Talk about FRAUDS.

  28. redsghost says: Feb 2, 2011 12:32 PM

    I love it when idiots like Drunkendegenerate pretend to know something about football! Of course the name is appropiate for the kiddie team known as the Jets.
    What he (or she cause he sounds like a pansie) neglects to mention is…. The team with the BEST record in the NFL this year at 14-2 was…….. in a REbuilding year (or two). Imagine that!
    Oh but wait, it get’s better! The Jets, who shot their one and only load for this year were building a win-now team! How’d that work out? Three games behind a REbuilding team?

    Didn’t expect a SB this year and perhaps not next year but with the young talent on NE AND the upcoming draft we won’t be REbuilding for long!
    BUT, The Jet’s shot their load and couldn’t get the job done.
    Both teams out of the playoffs, but NE is primed for many more shots at a SB, while the NY Jets are toast for the next several years!
    When is the league going to take away the Jet’s 1st rounder? Oh, wait… the Ex- Jet employee is now the Commish, so keep on cheating New York, Goodell’s got your back!

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