“The Trip Heard Around the NFL” as NY Jets’ assistant Sal Alosi made a dumb mistake that will cost him some of his reputation and in the pocket
In an NFL Season that has been defined by it’s unexpected nature, it got even more bizarre in one of Sunday’s games. During the 3rd quarter of the hotly contested divisional battle between the NY Jets and Miami Dolphins — won by the ‘Phins 10-6 — New York assistant coach Sal Alosi intentionally tripped a Miami player on a punt play.
Alosi stuck out his left knee on the Jets’ sideline and knee-tripped Dolphins rookie CB Nolan Carroll, who was covering a punt. Carroll fell to the turf and laid there for several minutes before walking off. After the play, which was shown nationally on replay by CBS including a scathing commentary by announcer Hall of Famer Dan Fouts, Alosi was rightfully-so in for with his team and the league.
After the game, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said of his assistants act, “That’s a thing that has no business in this league, or anywhere else.” Clearly Alosi lost his head for a moment of non-clarity and now he has to face the music. A very remorseful Alosi later said while fighting back tears in a Monday news conference, “I let everybody down yesterday with my actions. My actions were inexcusable and irresponsible.”
To make matters worse, volatile Dolphins LB Karlos Dansby used Alsoi’s act to take a swipe at Ryan. Dansby said, “He’s just taking after the head coach, man. It all trickles downhill. That’s how I look at it, it trickles downhill. The head coach, he opened a can of worms over there and now he’s got to fix it.”
Unfortunately for the New York Jets assistant, he did something that has crossed many a player or coach’s mind, unfortunately Alosi acted on it. Luckily Carroll was okay, but the NFL and the New York Jets organization had to act with disciplinary action despite his publicly apologizing to everyone involved.
The league and NY Jets organization did their duty by suspending Alosi on Monday night without pay for the remainder of the 2010 season, including the playoffs, and fined him $25,000 dollar which isn’t small potatoes on an assistant’s salary.
In the end, much like much-maligned Eagles QB Michael Vick — for his dogfighting past — I say that Alosi made a mistake and deserves a second chance once his suspension is completed. He went “nuts” in the heat of battle, but being a football coach is his passion and I don’t think it is right to take it away for a brain-cramp moment.
“I know I’ll get killed for it,” Ryan said. “There’s no place for it in football, without question, but he made a mistake and he admitted it.”
BTW: Did anyone else think of former Ohio State head coach Woody Hayes’ former sideline fiasco in the 1978 Gator Bowl when Alosi’s incident occured