The decision leaves Alosi, who had already been suspended indefinitely and fined $25,000 by the team, in a tenuous position with the Jets, who have been tailed by on- and off-field distractions this season. The league’s severe action could lead to Alosi’s eventual termination.
In handing down the punishment, the N.F.L. said that the incident represented “both a competitive violation as well as a dangerous tactic.”
In the third quarter of the Jets’ 10-6 loss to Miami on Dec. 12, Alosi tripped the ’ Nolan Carroll, who was running down the sideline on a punt return. Carroll limped to the Miami sideline but later returned.
Alosi, a former Hofstra linebacker in his second stint with the Jets, was and fined by the team a day after the incident.
Two days later, the team determined that Alosi had ordered five inactive players to form a shoulder-to-shoulder wall on the sideline. The wall was designed to make it harder for opposing players to run down the field when they were blocked out of bounds. One of the inactive players, Jeff Cumberland, said Alosi had told the players to form the wall all season. Alosi was then by the Jets.
Westhoff and Coach denied knowledge of the strategy. The N.F.L. has met with the team to investigate the matter.
In the wake of Alosi’s actions, Westhoff said that other teams had used a similar tactic, naming the . The N.F.L. statement cited Westhoff’s comments and reiterated that it required teams to report actual or suspected violations by other teams to the league office and to refrain from publicly criticizing other teams.
The N.F.L. said, “The fine has been imposed on the Jets to emphasize that clubs are accountable for the actions of their employees and have the obligation to ensure that all members of their organization comply with league rules.”
The Jets said, “We will comply with the league’s decision.”