Tag:Sal Alosi
Posted on: January 9, 2012 10:09 pm

TripGate instigator, Alosi, gets new job


By Josh Katzowitz

You might recall the tiny uproar created last year when former Jets strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi stuck out his leg and tripped Dolphins gunner Nolan Carroll on the sideline during a Miami punt.

He was suspended immediately, fined $25,000 by the Jets (who were fined $100,000 by the league), and Alosi resigned after the 2010 season was complete.

Now, he’s got another job, as UCLA announced that new coach Jim Mora Jr., has hired Alosi as the school’s strength and conditioning coach.

"These coaches are all important elements to us moving our program forward," Mora, who also hired a new receivers coach, said in a statement. "We welcome them, as coaches and teachers on and off the field, to the UCLA football family."

First rule that Alosi the teacher should impart to his new charges. No tripping!!!  We hear that gets people in trouble.

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Posted on: April 26, 2011 11:52 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2011 11:58 am

Rex ruffles some of Rhodes' feathers

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Only seven more shopping days until Rex Ryan’s autobiography, “Play Like You Mean It” hits bookshelves, and in celebration, a number of tweeters and New York media put out excerpts that might entice you to buy the tome of Rex (who got help from Don Yaeger along the way).

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We point you toward the Newark Star Ledger where some of Ryan’s comments are shared on draft bust Vernon Gholston, the TripGate incident involving strength coach Sal Alosi, and the whole Ines Sainz/Jets incident.

But what got at least one of his former players upset was what Ryan wrote about Kerry Rhodes, now a DB with the Cardinals.

“He was a selfish-ass guy,” Ryan writes. “He wouldn’t work, and he was a Hollywood type, flashy and needing attention. I don’t mind flashy, but your work ethic had better back it up.”

So, how did Rhodes respond on his Twitter account? “Classless!” he wrote.

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Posted on: January 31, 2011 8:22 pm

Sal Alosi resigns from Jets

Posted by Will Brinson

Sal Alosi created one of the bigger rulebook stirs in the 2010 season during "TripGate," when he and other members of the Jets coaching staff lined up and took out Miami CB Nolan Carroll in a game against the Dolphins.

Alosi was suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2010 season, and now he's resigned, the team announced on Monday afternoon.

"I'm thankful to have been part of the Jets," Alosi said in a statement released by the team. "After the events that have transpired, I feel it's best best for my family & me to look for a fresh start."

Alosi's "resignation" will likely be painted as conveniently timed -- the Jets clearly can't afford to have him on staff even if he's a hard-working, team-first kind of guy. He just brings too much baggage and opens the Jets up to too much scrutiny.

It also stands to reason that Alosi might receive a decent severance package in exchange for keeping quiet as he moved forward, although it's reasonable to assume the Jets won't actually announce that.

Regardless, though, a quick and quiet (the news came a few short minutes before Troy Polamalu was announced as the DPOY) divorce was the easiest way to move on for both sides.

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Posted on: January 16, 2011 12:27 pm

Pats outed for using 'sideline wall' against Jets

Posted by Will Brinson

The Jets were fined a large chunk of change ($100,000 to be exact) for "TripGate." The extent of the fine was based on Sal Alosi's physical actions on the sideline against the Dolphins and Mike Westhoff claiming the Patriots engaged in the same tactics.

Turns out, they (allegedly) do just that. Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported Sunday that the Jets found out about the Pats illegal sideline antics and actually showed a videotape of a Pats sideline wall with the final member attempting to trip the Jets gunner.

Apparently, a former member of the Patriots practice squad told the Jets that New England practiced the sideline wall manuever, and it appears that the Jets pulled the footage from a game against New England.

Glazer pointed out that if the Jets had sent this footage to the league office, then it probably would have been the Patriots getting fined and not New York. He's probably correct, too, because a large portion of the league's fine of the Jets stemmed from Westhoff's public comments. If, instead of making public allegations about the Pats behavior was similar to Alosi's, the Jets had sent the tape to 280 Park Avenue in New York, there's a pretty good chance Bob Kraft would have been cutting a check too.
Posted on: January 13, 2011 1:24 am
Edited on: January 13, 2011 12:29 pm

Patriots vs. Jets: 7-Point Divisional Preview

Posted by Andy Benoit

CBSSports.com's patented and award-winning 7-point preview gets you ready for each and every playoff game. As an added bonus, check out our playoff podcast preview:

1. New York Jets (No. 6, AFC, 12-5) @ New England Patriots (No. 1, AFC, 14-2)

The regular season’s undisputed champion begins the final chapter for a fourth Lombardi Trophy by hosting the preseason’s self-proclaimed undisputed champion. The Jets are responsible for one of the Patriots’ two losses on the season (Week 2 at the New Meadowlands), though revenge was already administered by the Pats in that 45-3 November Monday night thumping.

Still, you can bet the Patriots will come out focused and hungry (or with something to prove or with a chip on their shoulder or whatever hollow cliché you prefer). These AFC East foes both know their opponent and, after the Jets stifled the Colt offense by refusing to blitz Peyton Manning, are capable of debuting a freshly-minted, never-before-seen gameplan for this decisive rubber match.

2. PLAYOFFS?! Watchability Ranking

On the field, the Patriots are the most interesting team in football once again. Off the field, the Jets are, so it's a near-miss Five Mora Face ranking.

3. Key Matchup to Watch: Jets run offense vs. Patriots run defense

In that Monday night thrashing, Tom Brady carved up the Jets by exploiting their iffy nickel and dime backs (Drew Coleman and Dwight Lowery). Confident and fond of his defense as he may be, Rex Ryan knows that the best way to slow Brady this time will be to keep him off the field (just like the Jets did during the second half against Manning).

You control the ball by running. The Jets stayed on the ground 38 times for 169 yards at Indianapolis. Of course, there is a considerable difference between running against the undersized Colts front seven and running against the oversized unit of the Patriots. Normally, the Patriots prefer to align Vince Wilfork in the opponent’s favorite run gap. Against the Jets, that would mean putting the “325-pounder” at left defensive end. Of course, the Jets may be less inclined to follow their usual “run to the right” formula now that tackle Damien Woody is on IR.

For matchup purposes, Bill Belichick may be tempted to put Wilfork outside so as to capitalize on the mismatch against Woody’s replacement, Wayne Hunter. Hunter is a superb athlete but he hasn’t always shown consistent raw power. However, Mike Wright and Ron Brace’s trips to injured reserve depleted New England’s depth up front. Veteran end Gerard Warren has been a decent starter alongside rotating rookies Brandon Deaderick (seventh-round pick), Kyle Love (undrafted) and Landon Cohen (undrafted), but with these men starting, the Patriots have been less variegated with their front-three looks.

If Wilfork remains at nose tackle, expect the Jets to run away from him – i.e. outside. Because tight end Dustin Keller is a glorified slot receiver (not unlike New England’s Aaron Hernandez), Brian Schottenheimer may be inclined to bring Robert Turner off the bench for more six-man offensive line formations. Even if the Jets can win in the trenches, their running backs still must make plays against the athletic Patriot linebackers. Usually Nick Mangold is at the second level to help pave a path, but Wilfork will give him more to deal with than most nose tackles.

Beating New England’s linebackers is a tall order for the Jets runners. LaDainian Tomlinson is coming off his best career playoff game, but neither he nor Shonn Greene has the quickness and elusiveness to make a beast like Jerod Mayo miss.

4. Potentially Relevant Video

For all the denigration of the Jets after the Sal Alosi episode, you might want to take a look at this seven-year old video of Bill Belichick’s crafty sideline ploy against Marvin Harrison.

5. The Jets will win if ...

Mark Sanchez (the franchise’s all-time winningest postseason quarterback, believe it or not) is more accurate than he was last week. That’s not all, of course (not even close). New York must bog down in the red zone (figure they won’t be able to prevent Brady and company from racking up yards between the 20s) and shift field position at least twice (via special teams or a forced turnover).

6. The Patriots will win if ...

Brady gets in his usual rhythm working out of the shotgun spread (a formation that naturally limits the presnap disguises that Ryan’s defense is built around).

7. Prediction: Patriots 31, Jets 20

Posted on: December 30, 2010 6:09 pm
Edited on: December 30, 2010 6:46 pm

Jets fairly fined $100K for 'TripGate'

Posted by Will Brinson

The NFL reached some resolution on the "TripGate" incident involving Sal Alosi and members of the team and staff who formed a wall against the Dolphins, announcing Thursday night that the Jets were fined $100,000 for the incident and calling it "a competitive violation as well as a dangerous tactic."

"The fine has been imposed on the Jets to emphasize that clubs are accountable for the actions of their employees," the NFL said in its statement.

The Jets, who suspended Alosi for the rest of the season sans pay and fined him $25,000, also released a statement in which they said they'll "comply with the league's decision."

The NFL also indicated that the the fine was shaped by Mike Westhoff's decision to imply that the Patriots might engage in similar tactics.

"The discipline imposed on the club also includes the response to the incident of coach Alosi and special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff, who made public comments accusing other teams of employing similar tactics," the NFL's statement said.

Those two aspects of the fine make the 100 grand a fair amount even it's certainly more than the NFL has fined anyone for a helmet-to-helmet hit, and it's twice the amount the Broncos were fined for taping the 49ers walkthrough.

That's because Alosi's actions need to halted immediately, and because when a member of one organization calls out another organization, it's not something the league takes lightly, particularly since what Westhoff did could construe libel in normal venue.

More important, though, is making sure that the Jets (and by virtue of the public fine, all other NFL teams) understand they can't risk the health of opponents through cheap tactics designed to find a competitive advantage vis-a-vis an often overlooked rule.

And although the steep nature of the fine might mean Alosi's working for free next year (if he's even working), you can guarantee that the NFL got everyone's attention when they hit the Jets with the amount.

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Posted on: December 17, 2010 4:31 pm

Sal Alosi tripping ordeal is getting ridiculous

Posted by Andy Benoit

According to Jane McManus of ESPN New York, NFL representatives met with New York Jets officials to find out exactly who in the organization had knowledge of Sal Alosi’s “sideline antics”. The Jets announced earlier this week that Alosi was suspended indefinitely after the team discovered that he was the one who issued the order to form a wall along the sideline.

But if you pause for a moment, you might notice the funny smell this story emits. WhS. Alosi (US Presswire)y did it take the Jets until Wednesday to discover that Alosi gave the order to form a wall? That’s not the type of thing that requires an investigation. After Nolan Carroll was tripped, Rex Ryan or another Jets coach could have walked up to the members of the wall and said something along the lines of, “Say guys, who told you to stand there?” Or, they could have asked that question after the game. Or first thing Monday morning. Or anytime Tuesday.

Instead, the Jets discovered that Alosi issued the order after the entire country over-reacted to the story. (And yes, the country over-reacted. What Alosi did was cheap and out of line, but at the end of the day, this major controversy we’re talking about here is a case of one man tripping another. It’s easy to say Carroll could have been hurt on the play, but any player can get hurt in any circumstance. The reality is, Alosi didn’t commit a felony – he TRIPPED a guy.)

But let’s get back to the point: the Jets “discovered” Alosi gave the order to form a wall only after the story became a big deal. Then they suspended him indefinitely. Convenient timing, no?

Some might think that Alosi is taking the fall for an order that was issued from someone above him (like, say, Rex Ryan or Mike Westhoff). But do you really think something like people standing along a certain part of the sideline is an official order that comes down from the powers that be? Or, is it possible that it’s something that happens when one person sees a team lining up for a punt and suddenly says, “Hey guys, I have a clever idea…”?

It’s extremely doubtful that there even was an official order given. And if there was, no way Alosi was the guy. The NFL is a very hierarchical culture; no team would give its strength and conditioning coach the power to issue an order of any sorts during a game.
Nevertheless, the media has run with this opportunity to make a story. Can’t blame the media, really. Fans have eaten it up. Which is why here we are reporting the big news that the NFL is formally looking into a tripping case.

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Posted on: December 15, 2010 5:45 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2010 6:05 pm

NFL says Jets' wall violated rules

Posted by Andy Benoit

Ray Anderson, the NFL’s VP of football operations (and star of the “legal/illegal hits” video from earlier this season) said Wednesday that where the Jets assistants were lined up during Sal Alosi’s tripping play was “improper”.

"There are protocols where players are supposed to be,” Anderson told CBSSports.com's Will Brinson and reporters at the owners' meeting in Dallas on Wednesday. Apparently, their alignment violated playing rules.

If this is the case, it’s somewhat curious that officials did not ask the members of the wall to move. Players and coaches on the sideline are constantly being told to back up during the course of a game.

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