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Sideline stunt leaves Jets classless and clueless

The Jets put their worst foot forward in many ways on Sunday, from a sloppy offense to poor execution and generally being outcoached. But nothing was worse than an incident in the third quarter involving a member of the Jets coaching staff.

The Jets put their worst foot forward in many ways on Sunday, from a sloppy offense to poor execution and generally being outcoached. But nothing was worse than an incident in the third quarter involving a member of the Jets coaching staff.

Strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi was fined $25,000 and suspended without pay for the remainder of the season yesterday after he publicly apologized for tripping Miami’s Nolan Carroll in the Jets’ 10-6 loss to the Dolphins. Carroll was running down the sidelines on punt coverage when Alosi stuck out his left knee and sent the cornerback tumbling to the ground.

“I made a mistake that showed a total lapse in judgment," said Alosi, who apologized to Carroll and Miami coach Tony Sporano Sunady night. "My conduct was inexcusable and unsportsmanlike and does not reflect what this organization stands for.”

It was a bizarre action from an eighth-year coach who many Jets players call a “professional.”

“Nothing went through my head,” Alosi said. “I wasn’t thinking.”

The Jets seem to be doing a lot of that these days under coach Rex Ryan.

The season started with the mishandling of All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis’ holdout, which turned into a media fiasco. Then came the claim in September that TV Azteca reporter Ines Sainz was harassed in the Jets locker room with crude calls and whistles. Sources even said Ryan had purposefully overthrown balls in practice so players could get a closer look at the voluptuous reporter. Days later, receiver Braylon Edwards was arrested in Manhattan for driving under the influence.

“I know we had all that stuff,” Ryan said when asked if there’s a concern his team has a bad reputation. “It would be an unfortunate thing if that’s the case.”

Players around the league, though, say the Jets brought this on themselves.

“You just take it up with the head coach. It all trickles down here,” Miami’s Karlos Dansby said. “The head coach, he opened a can of worms over there and now he has to fix it.”

Blame game

Sal Alosi is in his eighth season with the Jets and played college ball at Hofstra. Here’s a few random thoughts on the incident:

1
A strength and conditioning coach is supposed to be jacked, right? So is it Alosi’s fault Nolan Carroll couldn’t help but miss his massive legs? We take a page from “The Situation” and realize that Alosi got run into, not the other way around.

2 How can you be mad at Alosi? It was a better tackle than any Jet made a week earlier against the Patriots.

3 Rex Ryan has never been a part of anything like that before, but it’s not the first time the sideline has gotten involved in a play. Alabama’s Tommy Lewis sprinted onto the field without his helmet and tackled Rice’s All-American Dickey Moegle, who had broken free down the sidelines on a run in the 1954 Cotton Bowl. Moegle was awarded a touchdown on the play.

 
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