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.
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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.
The Chicago Bears travel to Sun Life Stadium to battle the Miami Dolphins on November 18 at 8:20 PM.
The Miami Dolphins are 5-4 overall with a home record of 1-3 on the season. Tonight they host the NFC North, co-leading Chicago Bears, 6-3 overall and an impressive road record of 3-1.
Online sportsbooks list the Dolphins as home favorites at - 1 1/2 points and a Total of 39 1/2.
Miami will attempt to improve their sub-par home record under less than ideal circumstances due to losing their two top quarterbacks, Henne and Pennington, in the last week's home victory over the Tennessee Titans.
Expected to start tonight's game is third string QB Tyler Thigpen. The four year veteran of the NFL has only 12 pass attempts in 2010, completing 6 for 79 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception.
The Dolphins have the option to run the wildcat offense, utilizing running backs Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown to take direct snaps. The Bears, however, possess the NFL's 2nd best rush defense and will look to stop the run early so they can focus on applying maximum pressure against Thigpen in his first regular season start of the season.
On defense, the Dolphins are ranked 16th against the run and 6th against the pass. On the ground they will face Chicago running back Matt Forte, who averages 3.8 yards per carry and has 3 rushing TDs. Forte is a receiving threat out of the backfield as well, with 30 receptions, averaging 10.8 yards and scoring 3 TDs.
The Bear's offensive line has had trouble protecting quarterback Jay Cutler, giving up 30 sacks on the year. If the Dolphins can continue that trend they stand a much better chance of frustrating Cutler, who has thrown 9 interceptions along with 12 touchdowns.
Former Miami Hurricane and 5th year NFL veteran Devin Hester is always a big play threat. His speed, agility and field of vision provide Hester with the tools to make a game changing play anytime he touches ball.
The Dolphins lead Chicago in nearly every offensive category with the exception of points scored per game. Chicago averages 19.4 to Miami's 19.1. The Dolphins also dominate the Bears in third down conversions, converting at a rate of 45.7 to 28.7. The question to be answered tonight is if Miami can achieve the same success with Thigpin starting and with so little time to prepare.
Minnesota Vikings: league sources indicated that quarterback Brett Favre is likely to start in today's match-up against the New England Patriots. Favre suffered fractures in his left ankle and heel during a loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Jacksonville Jaguars: quarterback David Garrard suffered a concussion during a loss to the Tennessee Titans on October 18. A team official said the Garrard has suffered no complications and will be active for today's game against the Dallas Cowboys.
St. Louis Rams: RB Steven Jackson will be play against the Carolina Panthers, only six days after having surgery on a broken ring finger on his left hand.
San Francisco 49ers: TE Vernon Davis will be active for the London, England game against the Denver Broncos, after taking a limited role in Friday's practice with an injured ankle. The 49ers are also starting Troy Smith at quarterback, filling in for an injured Alex Smith.
Denver Broncos: Veteran safety Brian Dawkins return to the Bronco's lineup against San Francisco after missing the last two games with a knee injury. The Broncos will also be without third string quarterback Brady Quinn.
Green Bay Packers: The Packer's injury troubles continue this week against the New York Jets, as they enter Sunday's contest without two key lineman. OT Mark Tauscher and DT Ryan Pickett will not play due to shoulder and ankle injuries. DE Cullen Jenkins returns to the Packer's lineup after missing one game with a calf injury.
Cincinnati Bengals: An injury depleted secondary will face off against the Miami Dolphins without three defensive backs. Jonathan Joseph, Roy Williams and Chinedum Ndukwe are listed as unavailable, sustaining ankle and knee injuries.
Washington Redskins: a host of players have been listed as active by team sources for Sunday's road game against the Detroit Lions. OT Jammal Brown, TE Chris Cooley, CB DeAngelo Hall, QB Donovan McNabb, FB Mike Sellers, and LB Brian Orakpo are amongst those available.