The New York Jets have lost their swagger.Â And following this Sunday's 10-6 loss to the Miami Dolphins (their second straight), it seems they've been reduced to using lowball tactics in order to gain an advantage.
On a punt return late in the third quarter during the Jets' Week 14 loss to the Dolphins, the camera catches a Jets coachÂ intentionally tripping Dolphins special team player Nolan Carroll as he ran down the sidelines.
That coach, as it turns out, is strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi. Â Alosi, who has been with the Jets for eight seasons, released this statement after the game:
"I made a mistake that showed a total lapse in judgment. Â My conduct was inexcusable and unsportsmanlike, and does not reflect what this organization stands for."
Not like Alosi's apology for tripping Carroll made much of a difference. Â According to NYDailynews.com, Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder was livid following Alosi's trip of Nolan Carroll.
"I wish they would've tripped me," Crowder lamented. "I would have gotten up and broken the old man's leg."
As for Carroll, the victim in all of this, he simply wants what we all want - to get paid. Â "If he gets fined, then give me the money," Carroll joked. Â Swift justice indeed.
What did Alosi think, with dozens of cameras around that nobody would see him trip Carroll? Â This is about as bush league as it gets.Â When Jets head coach Rex Ryan reviews this tape, there's no way he doesn't fire Alosi, right? Â You simply don't trip at the pro level.
It's like spitting in someone's face during a fight. Â You can punch, kick, scratch, do whatever it takes to win as (as long as it's legal), but spit in a man's face during a fight and you've crossed the line. That's exactly what Sal Alosi did here.