By The Associated Press
Sal Alosi, the New York Jets coach who tripped Miami player Nolan Carroll(notes) in the third quarter of the Dolphins’ 10-6 win last Sunday, didn’t “just happen” to be there.
The Jets have discovered that he strategically ordered players to “form a wall” in that specific place, and have now changed Alosi’s suspension from “rest of the season” to “indefinite.”
“As we continued our investigation, we discovered some new information,” Tannenbaum said in a conference call from the NFL owners meetings in Dallas, “and the players at the Miami game were instructed by Sal to stand where they were to force the gunner in the game to run around them.”
To force the gunner to run around them, or to give them an opportunity to trip the gunner? It seems a little unlikely that the gunner would go all the way around them. Tripping him, as we all saw on Sunday, isn’t all that far-fetched. That actually happened.
Tight end Jeff Cumberland(notes), who was inactive Sunday, said it was nothing new for the players to line up next to each other as they did against the Dolphins, according to AP.
“Since the beginning of the year, we’ve been instructed to line up behind the (white) line,” he said, adding that it was only Alosi who has told them to do so.”
As far as further punishment goes, Tannenbaum says the Jets are still gathering information and that “all options are on the table.” A lot of people felt like Alosi should’ve been fired for acting so recklessly to begin with. Now that there’s evidence pointing to this being a premeditated plan, things seem even worse.
If you’ll take his word for it, Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said today that neither head coach Rex Ryan or special teams coach Mike Westhoff were involved in the plan.
The Jets interviewed the players who were standing near Alosi, but will not take any action against them. “This is just about Sal,” Tannenbaum said.