Mike Westhoff puts issue behind him

Updated: January 13, 2011, 6:29 PM ET
By Mike Mazzeo | ESPNNewYork.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets special-teams coach Mike Westhoff is ready to put the Sal Alosi tripping incident behind him. And he doesn't care if he receives a rude reception from New England Patriots fans on Sunday after accusing the Patriots of using similar tactics on their sidelines.

"I don't have any comments on that stuff," Westhoff said after Thursday's practice. "To me, it's over. [The Patriots fans] can throw snowballs at me. [Just] don't stand too close. I don't care."

Westhoff made his comments about the Patriots after Alosi, the team's strength and conditioning coach, was suspended indefinitely for tripping Miami Dolphins gunner Nolan Carroll and instructing his players to form a wall on the Jets sideline during a Dec. 12 game.

Asked if he had seen other teams put up similar walls, Westhoff responded: "A number of teams do it. There is a pretty good team up north that lines their whole defense up when they do it, so it's something just kind of happened."

"Well, if you watch [the Patriots], 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," Westhoff added. "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."

The Jets were later fined $100,000 by the NFL for violating league rules that prohibit teams from forming walls along the sidelines in an obvious effort to impede opposing players during special-teams plays. They have since appealed the fine.

"Anything that we say or whatever we're accountable for," Westoff said. "I certainly feel accountable for anything I alluded to. And I'm accountable for anything I do. And everybody else is too.

"I'm ready to go. I've been there a gazillion times. I have a lot of respect for them. Not much love, but a great deal of respect and I can't wait to play them."

Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPN NewYork.com.

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