January 31, 2011– On Monday evening the New York Jets announced that their strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi has resigned. For those of you that do not remember Alosi, Sal was a part of the “scandal” known as “Tripgate” where he tripped a Miami Dolphins player during a kick return.
Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum offered the following:
“After speaking with Sal, he decided that it is best for him to tender his resignation at this time. 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 offered the following comment:
“I’m thankful to have been a part of the New York Jets. 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.”
My take: Is it me or does it seem like Alosi took the Jets off of the hook by resigning? Could this not have been done a month ago to avoid having the situation drag out? I think it is pretty apparent that Alosi was just following orders and has been made the scapegoat by Gang Green. Why else would the Jets be walking on egg shells regarding this issue?