Sideline Trip Adds Insult to Injury in Jets Loss to Dolphins
By Jim Scott
DNAinfo Senior Editor
MANHATTAN — The New York Jets tripped up more than themselves in a 10-6 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
The Jets came out flat offensively again, failing to scrore a touchdown against the Dolphins less than a week after a humiliating 45-3 loss to the New England Patriots on Monday.
"It makes you sick," New York quarterback Mark Sanchez told reporters after the game. "I’m really upset. I think the team is, too."
The loss wasn't the only problem the team had to deal with on Sunday.
The Jets found themselves with another controversy on their hands after a staff member intentionally tripped Miami’s Nolan Carroll while he was running down the field out of bounds to cover a punt.
Sal Alosi, New York’s strength and conditioning coach, casually extended his left knee and hit Carroll on the right thigh, sending the rookie to the ground. Alosi's poor sportsmanship display was caught on camera and could result in disciplinary action by the team.
"I made a mistake that showed a total lapse in judgment," Alosi said in a statement a few hours after the game.
Things weren't much better on the field for New York.
Sanchez continued his erratic play, completing only 17 of 44 passes for 216 yards and one interception. He also fumbled in the first quarter, leading to a touchdown by Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall to give Miami a 10-0 lead in the first quarter.
The Jets quarterback played so badly that Head Coach Rex Ryan considered benching benching him the third quarter.
"I thought about it, but he’s not the only one to blame," Ryan told the Associated Press.
Jets running backs LaDianian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene both averaged less than three yards a carry and New York's wide receivers dropped several passes. Santonio Holmes was wide open when he had a perfectly thrown ball by Sanchez bounce off his shoulder in the end zone in the second quarter.
Kicker Nick Folk was the Jets most effective offensive weapon, hitting field goals of 35 and 42 yards during a steady downpour for New York.
The loss dropped the Jets two games behind the New England Patriots in the AFC East. New York's schedule doesn't get any easier with tough road games at Pittsburgh and Chicago in the next two weeks.