Jets strength-and-conditioning coach Sal Alosi has already cost himself and his team plenty of embarrassment for his Week 14 tripping of Dolphins CB Nolan Carroll.
Now his actions are going to cost the Jets some serious money. It was announced on Thursday that the NFL has fined the Jets $100,000 for Alosi's trip, as well as for the team's handling of the incident. The league called the actions "a competitive violation as well as a dangerous tactic."
Part of the fine was due to the allegations by New York special-teams coach Mike Westhoff, who said that the Patriots also formed sideline walls during punts that could be dangerous to players if they ran close by. The league prohibits coaches and players from publicly criticizing other teams, as they are supposed to handle all incidents internally at the league office.
The way we see it
Alosi's trip was a huge mistake, but it seems the bigger problem was the aftermath of the incident. The league is using this situation as a warning to all 32 teams to conduct their business the right way or face major financial punishment.