I absolutely agree. I was just wondering how the Jets coaching staff knew he'd be running there. I mean obviously they did or they wouldn't have lined up like that. Was the plan to force him out and make it difficult to run up the sideline? Or was this player running up the sideline on the out of bounds side of things as part of him trying to get an advantage somehow and the Jets saw him doing that and were trying to make it more difficult for him. Once again the tripping was way out of line but obviously something was going on there that led up to it, just wondering if anyone had heard what.
It's hard to say. Supposedly there was some evidence that there was a plan for those people to be lined up where they were... the tripping was supposedly not in the plan, but the lining up was.
I know you will see players get forced out of bounds semi-frequently... and on a kick-return there's probably a limited area where you could expect someone to be running out of bounds on any given play... so that + telling your guys to run the "gunner" out of bounds probably makes it easy to have some people lined up near where he would be forced out of bounds.
I've seen that a lot actually... and as we agree, that's not an issue and it is well within the rules. Take the intentional tripping by that one guy out of the equation, and I can't see anything else wrong with anything else that happened.