Jets Coach Sal Alosi Trips Nolan Carroll
The Jets are struggling. The pressure is building. And the Jets' strength and conditioning coach, Sal Alosi, decided to take matters into his own hands, (or feet) during Sunday's 10-6 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
Alosi joined the Jets in 2001 as a strength and conditioning intern. He returned to the Jet's organization in 2006 after a brief stint with the Atlanta Falcons. Alosi is a former linebacker from Hofstra University, where he was awarded the Mayor's Trophy, recognizing the spirit of fair play, both on and off the field, as described by the university's media guide.
Alosi offered an apology after the game.
Nolan Carroll, a rookie corner back signed in the 5th round out of Maryland, said he wasn't angry about the incident.
Some of Carroll's teammates were less restrained when asked for their reactions.
Crowder went on to add,
The Jets fell to 9-4 after the loss to the Dolphins. In week 13, the Jets were embarrassed by the New England Patriots in a 45-3 blow out. The Patriots (11-2) now control the AFC East and leave the New York Jets scrambling for a position in the post-season.
The Jets play next on the road against Pittsburgh (10-3) on Sunday, December 19 at 4:15 PM.
AFC East Patriots vs NFC North Bears - Possible Super Bowl Preview
The New England Patriots (10-2) are playing inspired football, destroying the New York Jets in week 13 to take sole possession of the AFC East lead. QB Tom Brady has thrown for 27 TDs and only 4 interceptions in 2010. He owns a passer rating of 109.5.
The Chicago Bears (9-3) are winning games; it's not always pretty, but they get the job done. The Bears squeaked by the Detroit Lions 24-20 last week, shut down Michael Vick and the Eagles 31-26 in week 12, and shut out the Dolphins 16-0 in week 11. QB Jay Cutler owns a passer rating of 92.8, tossing 17 TDs and 10 interceptions thus far.
The New England Patriots are listed as -3 point road favorites by online sportsbooks managing the NFL betting odds for today's game. The game's Total is 37 points.
The Bear's defense must control, if not dominate, if Chicago is to emerge victorious in today's NFL battle. Chicago ranks 2nd in the league against the rush, allowing only 85 yards per game, and ranks 3rd in overall yards allowed per game. The Bears also do a great job of limiting opponent's scoring opportunities, holding teams to 16 points per game for a ranking of 3rd in the NFL. Chicago will face the Pat's high powered offense without LB Pisa Tinoisamoa who will miss his second consecutive game, sidelined with a knee injury. Strong-side linebacker, Nick Roach, who started for Tinoisamoa last week is listed as questionable with a back injury.
The Bear's success also depends of course on QB Jay Cutler. As goes Cutler, so go the Bears. Cutler has been sacked a league high 41 times in 2010. However, offensive coordinator Mike Martz has made adjustments, running a much more balanced scheme, and the Bears are on a five game win streak. Running back Matt Forte is having a solid season, averaging 4.2 yards per carry with 5 TDs. If Chicago can establish a running game against the Pat's very average run defense, ranked 19th in the league, it will open the passing lanes for Cutler to exploit New England's very soft pass defense. New England allows 277 passing yards per game, ranking 31st in the league.
The Patriots will counter any defensive weakness with an explosive offense. Brady, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, and Wes Welker are scorching opponents. The Pat's may rank middle of the pack in individual categories, 13th in rushing yards and 11th in passing, but they know how to score touchdowns and put points on the board. New England is averaging 31.6 points per game, 1st in the NFL.
Can the former Miami Hurricanes star, Devin Hester, break away for a game changing play against the Patriots?