This goes a little outside the usual realm of this blog, but I’m not seeing much discussion of this in the media.
Check out this photo of the Jets sideline:
Note the blue line. As far as I know, that indicates the furthest spot that sideline personnel are allowed to stand.
I heard a WFAN caller (the infamous incarcerated bob) claim that two Jets players said that the Jets were angry that the Dolphins gunner had been going out of bounds during kickoffs, and that this formation was done to stop that.
Should they have been there?
From the NFL Rulebook:
Rule 13, Article 5 Coaches and other non-participating team personnel (including uniformed players not in the game at the time) are prohibited from moving laterally along the sidelines any further than the points that are 18 yards from the middle of the bench area (i.e., 32-yard lines to left and right of bench areas when benches are placed on opposite sides of the field). Lateral movement within the bench area must be behind the solid six-foot white border
The rule book also contains a diagram:
So, Jets strength coach Sal Alosi and his cronies (practice squad players?) were standing the zone marked for “Coaches and substitution players only” and they were lined up as close to the edge – both to the playing field and edge of the bench area zone as humanly possible.
Definitely a planned lineup, no? Who had them do this?
I don’t think the plan was for Alosi to stick his knee out and knock the player down, but he was put into that position. By whom?
After the game, Rex Ryan professed to be unaware of the situation until the team’s director of media operations informed him.
So many questions here.
- Did Rex Ryan order this formation?
- Is it common to do this?
- Do other teams do it?
- Is it only a big deal because Alosi stupidly stuck his knee out?
- Is this rule even enforced?
What Alosi did was a penalty:
Palpably Unfair Act (Non-Player)
Rule 13, Section 1, Article 8
Article 8 Non-player personnel of a club (e.g., management personnel, coaches, trainers, equipment men) are prohibited from making unnecessary physical contact with or directing abusive, threatening, or insulting language or gestures at opponents, game officials, or representatives of the League.
Penalty: Loss of 15 yards. (Unsportsmanlike conduct.) Enforcement is from:
a) succeeding spot if the ball is dead;
b) previous spot if the ball was in play; or
c) whatever spot the spot Referee, after consulting with the crew, deems equitable.
Should it be more?
Adam Schefter adds the details that he is being fined $25,000 and that it is the Jets who took this action, not the league.