The same day that the Jets suspended strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi indefinitely after the team got “new information” that Alosi “instructed” five players to stand in a wall before he tripped a Dolphins player on Sunday, New York special teams coach Mike Westhoff hinted that the Patriots engage in many of the same tactics.
Appearing on the Waddle & Silvy Show on ESPN 1000 in Chicago, Westhoff said “a number of teams do it,” including “a pretty good team up north.”
Asked by one of the hosts if he was talking about the Patriots, Westhoff added, “Well, if you watch them, their defense when the opponents’ punt team is out there ... they’re up there pretty close to the line so it looks like they are trying to do it. Now are they doing anything illegal? Are they tripping anybody, heck no. I’m not saying that. That’s not the point. But, yeah, they’re lined up there. Is it making a difference? I don’t know. I really don’t know, because to tell you the truth before this happened I never really looked at anybody’s sideline in all my years.”