Sal Alosi Resigns

In the wake of an embarassing Week 14 gaffe, long time Jets strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi resigned on Monday.

On Monday night as the news cycle closed down, the Jets announced that strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi had resigned from the team. On Dec. 12 during a 10-6 home loss to Miami, Alosi stuck out his leg and tripped a Dolphins player when the player crossed out of bounds during a routine special teams play. Alosi was suspended indefinitely in the days that followed when an internal investigation revealed that he had purposefully committed the act.

The days after the event also showed that the Jets had purposefully formed a wall of players on punt returns and kickoffs, designed to entangle any opposition player who may run out of bounds. Several players who compromised that wall, including practice squad members Jeff Cumberland and Vlad Ducasse admitted that Alosi was in charge of the movement of the players to form the wall. All the players were properly positioned behind the sidelines, but their intent was clear.

In a statement released by the Jets, general manager Mike Tannenbaum made it sound like Alosi was the one who approached the Jets about leaving the organization. The long-tenured strength coach was well respected in the locker room by the players he worked closely with on a daily basis.

"After speaking with Sal, he decided that it is best for him to tender his resignation at this time," said Tannenbaum. "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."

One day after the tripping incident, Alosi had spoken with the media and acknowledged that his actions were intentional. During the press conference, Alosi also said that he had met with the team management to discuss the situation and was prepared to take any punishment that came his way. At the time, he said he would not resign and would await his punishment.

In the same statement released by the Jets, Alosi once again sounded his remorse.

"I'm thankful to have been a part of the New York Jets," said Alosi. "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."


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