Jets Blog: Jets Drop The Ball…Again

By Peter Schwartz
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It might have been the most despicable thing that I’ve ever seen during a game.

When Jets strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi deliberately tripped Nolan Carroll of the Dolphins during the third quarter of Sunday’s game, the first thing that came into my mind was that Alosi should be fired.

If I owned the Jets, Alosi would have exited the New Meadowlands Stadium as an ex-employee. It was a heinous act that deserved immediate termination. Alosi’s actions were disgraceful and he’s lucky that Carroll wasn’t seriously hurt.

On Monday, the Jets suspended Alosi, without pay, for the remainder of the season including the playoffs. He was also fined an additional $25,000 and will not be allowed inside the Jets practice facility and can’t have any contact with the players or coaches as it pertains to his job.

To his credit, Alosi has taken ownership of his actions.

“I would like to apologize to Nolan Carroll, (Miami Dolphins Head) Coach (Tony) Sparano, Mr. (Woody) Johnson, and the entire New York Jets organization,” said Alosi during a Monday news conference.

It’s an honor and a privilege to work and coach every day in the National Football League. I’ve come in contact with a lot of good people in our building and I let everyone down with my actions. My actions were inexcusable and irresponsible. I’m extremely thankful that my actions yesterday didn’t result in any significant injury to Nolan or any other player.”

The Jets took the lead in terms of discipline on Monday and had several discussions with the NFL. In the end, it was the Jets who would be the one to determine Alosi’s fate. Monday evening, the ruling came down.
“We did speak to the league office more than once,” said General Manager Mike Tannenbaum. “At the end of the day, this was our punishment and something we felt was appropriate.”

I disagree.

The punishment is severe but not enough. Alosi should never be allowed on an NFL field again. Period.

The Jets continue to send the wrong message when it comes to their employees acting like idiots.

Braylon Edwards should not have been allowed to play in Miami after his DUI arrest but the Jets tried to convince people that they had to play him because of the CBA.

And where was the discipline when Jets players and coaches provided “Animal House” treatment to the female reporter from Mexico?

This is disgusting and embarrassing. The Jets want people to think that they’re this great franchise with a winning tradition and they can do no wrong.

We’ll let’s be honest. They are far from that. They are not winners and the record speaks for itself.

They had another chance to show that they are a franchise with integrity and that they can do the right thing. Terminating Alosi would have sent a message that they will not tolerate this type of behavior and that being a member of the Jets organization is something special.

Instead, they blew it….again!

But that’s just par for the course with this franchise because almost everything that they do backfires on them. Forget about the two game losing streak for a moment. If you’re a fan of Gang Green, you should be embarrassed to put your Jets jersey on today.

A team can’t guarantee that they will win. They can try all they want but sometimes it just doesn’t happen. However, there’s one thing that an organization can control and that’s acting like professionals.

It starts at the top. Owner Woody Johnson has allowed this to happen. I find it hard to believe that Leon Hess would have tolerated this type of nonsense.

Sal Alosi stained the New York Jets with one unthinkable display of unsportsmanlike conduct. He’s lucky Nolan Carroll wasn’t hurt . Yet, he has a job to go back to in 2011.

Santonio Holmes wasn’t the only member of the Jets organization to drop the ball this week. Ownership and the front office did it too.

pixy Jets Blog: Jets Drop The Ball...Again
  • TC

    How can anyone take this franchise serious when the head coach in a clown and never knows when toshut his mouth. He has created this culture that will never result in anything but a few playoff wins.

  • Darter

    The Jets cheated

  • Chris

    It makes me sick that people want the stupid Jets coach banned from the NFL so bad for his stupid mistake, yet we forget this is the league that allows that dog killing piece of garbage Vick to come back and play and be a superstar again. Hmm let me see trip a guy your banned, but murder someone (Ray Lewis), kill some dogs (Mike Vick) Oh or you could rape a couple of women too like Ben Roethlisberger and you could still be in the league and be megastars. Give me a break. Get of your soap box LOSER.

  • Chris

    This is ridiculous. Never allowed on the field again, for tripping? This man made a mistake and is paying for it. He was clearly remorseful for for what he did and I think the punishment fits the crime. Why should dog killer Mike Vick be allowed back and become a big supersta

  • http://None Joe from les

    Now- Peter please- your going overboard on this issue- is it for the lack of attention that you are not recieving for the holidays! The act of one man should not reflect on a organization but on that one man, the punishment reflect on the act- 25,000 fine is a persons yearly salary- suspended without pay adds more money to the pot- and chances are when his allowed to return to the facility- in all likehood he will be demissed of his services! This is a man with a family, these are the holidays, it’s out in the public eye, this man whole career just when down the toilet. Maybe just maybe he can be someone personal trainer and make a living like a average joe!!

  • Jimmy

    this action illustrates total disrespt for the sport, the players, fans, coaches, owners, and shows how little class there is in an organization that will tolerate it.

  • J

    what he did is a criminal act and he shoud be prosecuted. If a fan hit’s someone in the stands they would be prosecuted. He could have seriously hurt this player, ruined his career, his life. The player should press charges against him,

  • Drew

    Typical Jet fans above – if the shoe had been on the other foot, these same “forgiving” fans would have been calling for blood. Peter’s article is spot on!!

  • Brian

    Oh please , the jets acted on it immediately it was stupid he made a mistake an admitted to, for you to bash the jets front office on something a coach did especially one that’s been with the jets for almost ten years and has never done anything wrong is just pathetic , to say the jets let this happen your kidding yourself, come on guy

  • Jay

    Seriously, ever since francesa yelled at you that one time you have been on the jets. Get over yourself.

  • pirate dave

    peter schwartz is just another holier than thou piece of rat dung.

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