The Jets are going to have to rely on somebody else to maintain and increase their physical power, thanks to strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi’s wayward antics on the sidelines of Sunday’s deflating 10-6 loss to Miami.
Gang Green won’t be seeing the 33-year-old former Hofstra linebacker for the rest of the season.
The NFL and the Jets suspended Alosi last night for the remainder of the season and any postseason games, without pay, for intentionally tripping Dolphins special teamer Nolan Carroll as he covered a third-quarter punt.
Carroll, 23, was shaken up on the play, but returned later in the game after spending some time on the stationary bike. Alosi, also fined $25,000, gets to keep his job.
After the Patriots all but eliminated the Jets from the AFC East division race with their 36-7 pounding of host Chicago, Ryan’s 9-4 group must now worry about simply making the playoffs — and having this additional issue hanging over this week won’t help in preparing for a trip to AFC North-leading Pittsburgh (10-3).
“I let everyone down by my actions,” Alosi, an eight-year Jets staffer, said after opening a news conference yesterday with an apology to both the Dolphins and the Jets. “I can’t give a logical explanation for an illogical act.”
Alosi’s actions were only the lowest of a low point. Mark Sanchez and his offense have lost their swagger, and need to find it quickly if they expect to hang in against the Steelers. Sanchez fumbled four times, losing one, and was intercepted once in a 17-of-44, 216-yard disaster Sunday. He’s 34-of-77 for 380 yards and four interceptions in two games.
“These last two weeks I haven’t played like I played earlier this season,” a shaken Sanchez said. “I need to fix it, and it starts with me. I need to be the guy to turn it around.”
Quick Thought: About right
While we were among those who initially thought Sal Alosi’s cowardly trip-up of 205-pound Nolan Carroll warranted the coach’s dismissal by the Jets, the fact that cooler heads prevailed is ultimately just. Most of us can say we would not have even contemplated what Alosi did, but we’d also be hopeful of getting a second chance.
(Max J. Dickstein)