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Wayne Weaver regrets firing Tom Coughlin

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As his last season as owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars comes to an end, Wayne Weaver wonders whether he might have a Vince Lombardi Trophy if he had just stuck with his original coach.

Weaver told John Oehser of Jaguars.com that he thinks Tom Coughlin was the right coach for the franchise, and he wishes he had kept Coughlin as the team’s coach, rather than firing him after the 2002 season.

“If hindsight you could change, I’ll be honest with you: I probably would have never changed Coughlin,” Weaver said. “I would have tried to have Tom take a step back and just be the coach. I thought about it, but I didn’t think Tom would do it. I thought Tom’s pride would never allow him to take a step back and me take the general manager’s position and all power and say, ‘Go coach the football team.’ He did that in New York, but I thought it would hurt his pride too much.”

Coughlin ended up winning a Super Bowl as coach of the Giants, and Weaver says it upsets him that he wasn’t able to bring a title to Jacksonville.

“I’m proud overall of what we accomplished here. I’m disappointed, because I do think you can win (a Super Bowl) in this league a lot sooner than 18 years and we didn’t do it,” Weaver said. “I have to be honest with myself. We didn’t get it done.”

Asked what advice he’s given to the man who bought the team from him, Shahid Khan, Weaver said, “What you have to do is draft well and get the right coach.”

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26 Responses to “Wayne Weaver regrets firing Tom Coughlin”
  1. bearsstillsuck says: Dec 31, 2011 11:59 AM

    Now that weaver let the cat out of the bag, all the teams are going to win super bowls now.

  2. aaronsevivas says: Dec 31, 2011 11:59 AM

    Amen

  3. wtfchiefs says: Dec 31, 2011 12:02 PM

    And the NFL regrets giving Jacksonville a team

  4. ftwatty says: Dec 31, 2011 12:03 PM

    Sounds so easy.

  5. wtfru2 says: Dec 31, 2011 12:13 PM

    Well, maybe these comments will help save Coughlin’s current job?

  6. trbowman says: Dec 31, 2011 12:17 PM

    Boy, way to pile it on Del Rio.

  7. clavette says: Dec 31, 2011 12:22 PM

    you can have coughlin back.

  8. broncobillie says: Dec 31, 2011 12:27 PM

    Interesting how the patient teams often end up with the rings. No accident that the Steelers and the DeBartolo 49ers have so many SB rings…

  9. richm2256 says: Dec 31, 2011 12:39 PM

    “I thought Tom’s pride would never allow him to take a step back and me take the general manager’s position”
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    What is it with these owners thinking THEY are qualified to judge potential football talent?????

    Good god!!!!!!!!

  10. mikehockhurtz says: Dec 31, 2011 12:48 PM

    “Interesting how the patient teams often end up with the rings. No accident that the Steelers and the DeBartolo 49ers have so many SB rings…”

    *****************

    That patience sure has paid off well in Philly…

    Hahahahaha….

    And next training camp we are gonna here about how things are different and a Super Bowl is the goal….

    Until Vick goes out for a few weeks with an injury around week 4

  11. nationalmediacansuckit says: Dec 31, 2011 1:09 PM

    “What you have to do is draft well and get the right coach.”
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    Wayne, Jax thanks you for all you’ve done in Jax, but this quote is a laughable since the Jaguars have not and continue’s to not draft well and the “right” coach in Del Rio’s nine year vacation was a disaster. You haven’t spoken in 18 years and now you are releasing statements every week. We love and respect you, but you just need to let Mr. Khan do his own thing now and find his way. Besides, you gave Gene Smith a 3 year extension with not one single draft looking or playing at a pro bowl level. Yeah he fixed the defense(through free agency). On top of that you stated in you’re press conference when you sold the team a few weeks ago that “we are about two drafts away”. Are you kidding me? We’ve been hearing this for 10 years and now we need to wait 2 more years. So in 2 more years are we going to hear yet again “we are two years away”. This is dysfunction at it’s finest. I mean this in no disrespect to Mr. Weaver, but I’m just ready for this Mr. Khan new era to begin. It’s long overdue.

  12. emma333 says: Dec 31, 2011 1:12 PM

    @ Broncobillie re:patient teams often end up with rings.
    Mr Weaver was extremely patient and loyal to a fault. It was time for Tom Coughlin to leave, just as it was past time for Del Rio…that may have been his undoing…

  13. philyeagles5 says: Dec 31, 2011 2:24 PM

    just get him back when this season ends

  14. chetwynnr says: Dec 31, 2011 3:13 PM

    I wouldn’t lose any sleep over it Wayne. Mr Ford in Detroit has been running that franchise into the ground since before there was a Superbowl and he sleeps just fine as far as we can tell. That blind squirrel may have finally found a nut.

  15. sabanissatan says: Dec 31, 2011 3:23 PM

    Wayne Weaver needs to go bury his head in a hole somewhere

  16. robigd says: Dec 31, 2011 5:13 PM

    wtfchiefs says: Dec 31, 2011 12:02 PM

    And the NFL regrets giving Jacksonville a team
    ————————————-

    Says the guy that lives in miserable KC and has sloppy seconds Orton as their franchise QB.

  17. backindasaddle says: Dec 31, 2011 5:37 PM

    Nice, honest, reflective comments by Weaver. I have always liked Coughlin as a coach. But it must be understood the he is “Old School”. I like “Old School”. It means that he expects the players to be men, be respectful of each other, be professionals, be disciplined and hard working. In general, he wants his players show integrity and character. All this makes him a bit “Old Fashioned” by the standards of many contemporary players. Coughlin and punks like Plaxico Burris will never see eye to eye. It’s my belief that a guy like Plaxico disgusts Coughlin…. and I think that it’s very correct, proper and righteous that he should think that way.

  18. joetoronto says: Dec 31, 2011 5:55 PM

    The best advice he could give Kahn is “Just move baby!”

  19. 5212losers says: Dec 31, 2011 6:06 PM

    No soup for you!!!

  20. wildturkey1o1 says: Dec 31, 2011 6:07 PM

    Running it up on Miami 62-7 in ’99 was the deathnail,they have done nothing since,karma is a biaaatch!!!

  21. emma333 says: Dec 31, 2011 6:10 PM

    Joetoronto, so finally the Raiders get fans to their games when playoffs are on the line….still, may be too little too late when it comes to candidates to LA. Jags are here to stay.

  22. yelix says: Dec 31, 2011 6:11 PM

    Patience will only bring you a Lombardi if you have the right coaches and players. If the Chiefs had stuck with Herm Edwards and Brodie Croyle for ten years, they would’ve won about 4-5 games a year, not 4-5 Super Bowls.

  23. boonevol says: Dec 31, 2011 8:50 PM

    Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. wtfchiefs says: Jan 1, 2012 12:04 AM

    Says the guy that lives in miserable KC and has sloppy seconds Orton as their franchise QB.
    ——————————————————
    Um….I don’t live in KC amigo.

    Jacksonville is an awful city, inhibited by an ugly irrelevant football team It is also the place where the camoflauge hat is considered fine evening wear. They don’t even sell out the stadium down there unless Tebow comes to town!! Hahaha morons

  25. couldntthinkofaname says: Jan 1, 2012 4:36 AM

    emma333 says: Dec 31, 2011 6:10 PM

    Joetoronto, so finally the Raiders get fans to their games when playoffs are on the line….still, may be too little too late when it comes to candidates to LA. Jags are here to stay.

    ___________________

    LOL Yeah, okay. Sure they are!

  26. egetto says: Jan 1, 2012 8:45 AM

    Nothing stings more than getting your team and city picked on by a 36 year old, 5’5″ 232 lb chiefs fan that lives in his moms basement.

    72 degrees, sunny…..colts game, golf, or beach today….hmmmm

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