Monday, January 31, 2011
Sal Alosi's departure inevitable, necessary
By Tim Graham
The long, strange trip that was Sal Alosi is over.
The New York Jets' estranged strength and conditioning coach has resigned. The Jets announced Alosi's decision in a statement Monday night.
Alosi made headlines for jutting his knee to trip Miami Dolphins gunner Nolan Carroll on a punt Dec. 12 at New Meadowlands Stadium.
The incident triggered a sequence of events that led to his indefinite suspension and a $25,000 fine. Special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff accused the New England Patriots of doing the same thing, a public declaration that played a part in the NFL fining the Jets $100,000 for the whole fiasco.
Alosi's decision, regardless of whether it came of his own volition, puts to rest an untidy affair. The split was necessary for an organization that has established itself as a winner on the field but clearly needs to improve its unhinged off-field reputation.
Jets owner Woody Johnson and general manager Mike Tannenbaum must refine the Jets into a more respectable business operation.
I think everybody knew Alosi couldn't be on the sideline ever again.
"After speaking with Sal, he decided that it is best for him to tender his resignation at this time," Tannenbaum said. "We appreciate all of Sal's contributions during his tenure with the team. He played an invaluable role in our success and established what we feel is one of the better strength and conditioning programs in the NFL."
Alosi also released a statement through the Jets. The departure must have been a heartbreaking one for him. Alosi is a native Long Islander who played football at Hofstra, where the Jets used to train. His first NFL job was as a Jets intern in 2002.
"I'm thankful to have been a part of the New York Jets," Alosi said. "I am especially grateful to Mr. Johnson, Mike Tannenbaum and Rex Ryan for allowing me the opportunity to be a head strength and conditioning coach in this league. I have many fond memories, including earning my first NFL job in 2002.
"After the events that have transpired, I feel it's best for my family and me to look for a fresh start. I wish nothing but the best for the entire organization."