The Early Lead: Jets coach apologizes for tripping Dolphins player

By Cindy Boren
Monday, December 13, 2010; 7:18 AM

It might be a good idea if, in the future, the New York Jets kept their strength and conditioning coach a little busier on the sideline during games. With his team struggling of late, Sal Alosi decided to help out Sunday.

As Miami Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll took off up the sideline on punt coverage, Alosi leaned into the play as Carroll sprinted past, pushing his left knee out and tripping Carroll, who fell in front of Rex Ryan and was shaken up.

Jets spokesman Bruce Speight said the organization was "looking into appropriate next steps," something the NFL will do this week as well. (May I suggest a first question? "What? You thought no one would notice because NFL games are so rarely photographed?") Alosi, a 33-year-old coach who's been in the NFL with Atlanta and the Jets for nine years, apologized after the game, issuing a statement that said:

"I made a mistake that showed a total lapse in judgment. My conduct was inexcusable and unsportsmanlike and does not reflect what this organization stands for."

Carroll stayed in the game at cornerback and had the Dolphins' only interception in his team's 10-6 win. "I just remember running," Carroll said. "Water off a duck's back."

His teammates were far more incensed. "I wish they'd tripped me," linebacker Channing Crowder said. "I'd have broken that old man's leg. I didn't see anything. He stuck his leg out and tripped him? He should be ashamed of himself. A grown man from the coaching staff? That's high character."

Said Ricky Williams: "It's the Jets right? We're not surprised."

Carroll offered his own suggestion for how the dastardly incident should conclude:

"If he gets fined, then give me the money," Carroll said.

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