For Jets, One Picture Says It All

Posted: December 14, 2010 in NFL
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By Michael Goldberg

Little known Sal Alosi, the New York Jets’ strength and conditioning coach, earned douchebag of the week award for his inexcusable actions yesterday, during a 10-6 Jets’ loss to the Miami Dolphins. During a punt return, with Nolan Carroll running down the sidelines, Alosi lunged forward, stuck his leg out, and watched as Carroll stumbled helplessly to the ground. Carroll remained on the ground for a couple minutes, clearly in pain. After having a night to think this over, two things came to mind: How absolutely hilarious and utterly stupid this was, and is Alosi really to blame? (Well get back to that in a moment).

First, in a sport that is viewed by millions of people every Sunday, in a stadium with more video cameras, capturing more angles than Paris Hilton’s bedroom (gotcha!), did he think no one would notice? There has been a lot of controversy in football this year, including fines for “illegal” hits, and the babying of star quarterbacks (yes you Tom Brady, and you Peyton Manning). However, this incident has to be the dirtiest, most shameful, and most cowardly act ever to take place on a football field, despite some “stiff” competition. The league has yet to come out with a punishment. Alosi is well aware of the potential repercussions and said, “I made a mistake that showed a total lapse in judgment….I accept responsibility for my actions as well as any punishment that follows.” I interpret that to mean, “ Shit, that was so damn obvious. The only thing to do is play the good guy card and hope it works.”

Dolphins’ fans and players were furious, and rightly so. Channing “I don’t know who the fuck Anne Frank is” Crowder asserted, “I wish they’d tripped me. I’d have broken that old man’s leg.” As much as I hate Crowder, he does have a point.

I understand how truly horrible the act was, however should Alosi really take ALL the heat? As a die hard Jets fan, it has been excruciating to watch the last few weeks of football and seeing their once promising season fall apart faster than Shaquille O’Neal’s acting career. After last weeks beat down at the hands of the Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, many, including myself, thought the Jets would take out their frustrations on Miami at home in a must win game to save their season. However, the Jets, like they have done so many times in the past, let their fan base down again.

They are now 9-4 with remaining games @ Pittsburgh, @ Chicago, and home vs. Buffalo, and are dangerously close to finishing 10-6. In a conference with the Ravens, Colts, and Chargers at 7-6 or better, 10-6 may not be good enough to make the playoffs. To make things worse, no one can stay healthy. Jim Leonhard, the team’s field general and captain in the secondary, is out for the year. Damien Woody, one of the best Offensive Tackles in football and the anchor of the Jets’ offensive line, will join Leonhard. Added to the laundry list of injuries include both of Leonhard’s backups safeties, Eric Smith and James Ihedigbo. Determined not to be left out, Shonn Greene left Sunday’s game with a neck injury.

As a die hard Jets fan it kills me to watch them play like this and breaks my heart to see them lose the way they do. Santonio Holmes dropped a wide open touchdown pass, which would have tied the game, and for the most part Mark Sanchez played like a school girl running for her life. As a fan watching from home, I was infuriated. I could only imagine what emotions were running through Alosi’s body. He puts his entire heart and soul into the team and to see them lose from the sidelines must be gut wrenching. While I am not condoning his actions, I am merely suggesting that guys like Mark Sanchez, Santonio Holmes, Ladainian Tomlinson, and Jerricho Cotchery (who also had an inexcusable drop that would have gone for 30 yards), are partly to blame as well. Here’s hoping the Jets can turn it around so we can stop seeing the patented Sanchez sulk, and start seeing more of the calm, fun Sanchez, who has had so much success in this league.

  1. emma goldman says:

    If you watch replays of the play and every punt before that, you will see that 6 or 7 players lined up right next to each other on purpose. like they were blocking a free kick in soccer. They were clearly told to do that by the jets coaches. Teams have sent video of the jets doing it to the league. .

    P.S. we are in a fight

  2. emma goldman says:

    I guess that makes the jets the biggest “douchebags” in the NFL

  3. jets2010 says:

    dont you think there was a chance he was asked to do it?

  4. Etcho says:

    where the hell have i been the last two years?? “Sanchez, who has had so much success in this league.” what so much success are you referring to here? im pretty sure when has had “success” it has been when they run the ball 50 times and dont let him throw.

    • von wafer says:

      When you lead your team to the AFC championship game in your rookie season, you have had success in the league. He had a 93 qb rating in the playoffs and here are the headlines from their playoff wins: “Sanchez nearly flawless, Jets beat Bengals 24-14” “Sanchez, Greene lead Jets to shocker over Chargers”. In the lost to indy in the AFC ship, he had 257 yards 2 tds 1 int (a very late one when the game was over). That is a very impressive resume for a 2nd year nfl qb. Further, this season he has taken strides, while he is struggling the past few games (O-line and deteriorating running game have not help) his numbers are trending up. When he plays with confidence he is a very good qb.

  5. Mark's Dirty Sanchez says:

    If you are going to make this site legit you are going to need different writers. It’s ok to have people write about their team, however, don’t have someone as biased as this kid writing an article. You need to put your biasedness aside when writing. Who in their right mind would call Jim leanoard a field general!!!! he might be the captain but that is probably because he gives rex ryan good blowjobs. The guy wouldn’t come off the bench on 90% of NFL teams. This writer sucks, no offense.

  6. Etcho says:

    Sanchez nearly flawless in the bengals game? must be a new york paper. ill give you that he didnt make any mistakes but they ran the ball 42 times for close to 200 yards. The bengals were putting 8 and 9 in the box. Not impressive that he threw 15 passes with an offensive line that gives him all day to throw. The SD game again they ran the ball 20 more times then they threw and sanchez had a combined 100 yards passing, real impressive. Then in the colts game jets were down 13 with the ball at the 47 yard line with 3 minutes left when he threw the pick. I wouldn’t call that and int “when the game was over”, unless of course you have no faith in sanchez to drive you down the field and get an onside kick. Next, he has taken strides?? really??? yes hes not making as many turnovers, but that could be because it hasnt been cold yet (we all know he cant play in the cold) his completion percentage is the exact same as it was last year, even though they upgraded his offensive weapons. His completion percentage of 53% is good for 29th in the NFL, his QB rating of 74 is ranked 28th in the league, real impressive there. Not sure what strides your talking about. I guess jet fans take pride in the fact that there qb isnt the 32nd ranked qb. No one who is sane has ever, ever considered sanchez a “very good qb” let alone a good qb.

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