Weatherford elaborates on his dislike of Westhoff

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Mike Westhoff no longer coaches for the Jets and Steve Weatherford no longer punts for the Jets.  But Weatherford now kicks for the Giants (he has a Super Bowl ring to prove it), and Weatherford talked recently about his relationship with Westhoff.

I didn’t get along with Mike,” Weatherford told Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton of WFAN, via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.  “Mike was a really difficult person to play for.  He’s a guy that kind of harped on the negative a little bit, and life’s short, man. I’m trying to have fun.  And nobody works harder than me, so you can’t say anything like that.  It was just difficult. . . .  I don’t know exactly why we didn’t get along, but it was a mutual parting of the ways.

“I liked being a New York Jet, and everybody treated me well there, but I felt like there was just maybe a little lack of respect.  I’m 30 years old, I’m a father of three and he just didn’t treat me that way.  It was frustrating because I wanted to be great for him, but he made it a very difficult workspace.”

Westhoff made no apologies for his crusty, Parcells-style attitude.  And that kind of demeanor is destined to rub certain people the wrong way.

It surely didn’t help the relationship that Weatherford once decided to call a fake punt on his own.  On fourth and 18.

Still, it’s not the first time Weatherford has teed off on Westhoff.  Weatherford complained about his former coordinator prior to Super Bowl XLVI.  Twice.

As far as we know, the irascible Westhoff has yet to respond to any of Weatherford’s criticism.  Which possibly bothers the punter more than anything Westhoff could actually say.

18 responses to “Weatherford elaborates on his dislike of Westhoff

  1. Well … one is among the very best at what he does and has a Superbowl ring … the other is Mike Westhoff.

    And Weatherford was ASKED about Westhoff, he didn’t bring him up. So stop acting as if he’s obsessed with the guy.

  2. No surprise this happened under the Jets. But, seriously, how bad of a coach are you, if can’t get along with the punter. Just kick the ball high, deep, and in the corner.

  3. “As far as we know, the irascible Westhoff has yet to respond to any of Weatherford’s criticism. Which possibly bothers the punter more than anything Westhoff could actually say.”

    Idiotsayswhat? Sorry Floor-Boy, Westhoff started it all. Seriously, how stupid can you be? Started in early Sept of 2011 when Westhoff said “There were times when he just didn’t do the job,” among other jabs. Westhoff then doubled down on those comments after the Giants beat the Jets in week 16 of that year.
    Whats even more funny, the first article linked to disproves that Westhoff has remained quiet.

  4. If I’m not mistaken, wasn’t Westoff considered one of the best Special Teams coaches of his era. Didn’t his ST’s lead the league for something like 13 years of his career?

    If this punter is so happy with his current life, why is he so fixated on this past relationship? Talk about showing respect…..Move on dude.

  5. Usually i could care less about punter stories but Weatherford is one amazing punter. I talk to my Giants fan friend all the time and keep mentioning how happy i am the Jets traded him out of our division. Guy can land punts at the 5 in his sleep.

  6. Seriously Mike, don’t compare every grouchy coach to a legend. Weatherford obviously got the last laugh on this one and is one of the premiere punters in the league. Say what you want about Parcell’s way of doing things, but he didn’t have a habit of letting go high performers just to prove he was THE MAN.

  7. Isn’t Weatherford the same guy who the Saints let go because he ran on the field for a punt and still had his wrist watch on ? Gotta have respect to get respect.

  8. Mike Westhoff was the best special teams coach in the NFL over the past 20 years… maybe ever… so who really gives a crup about what a stupid punter has to say. Bottom line… Weatherford did not get the job done when he was a Jet!

  9. Weatherford already had the seeds of greatness in him before the Jets, or the NFL for that matter………….He’s a Univ. of Illinois grad!!!! Yeah, baby!!!!

  10. Mike was the best special teams coach in the NFL, just Mike Sweatman…

    Westhoff is up there, he def was innovative in having Sal and others create a wall on the sideline help block gunners and so on. But hey, it was legal until Sal tripped somone…

    Steve earned his check in Super Bowl 46, clearly field position was critical and saftey was a direct result of his punting.

  11. I have to agree with “zaggs” on this one. After Weatherford was released, Westhoff said it was because Weatherford was 20-something in punting distance average, and Westhoff “is not 20-something in anything.” (he actually said that). That comment started it all.

    Westhoff’s comment, while true, also neglected the fact that Weatherford led the league (and tied an NFL record) for punts inside the 20 that year. Obviously, if you are placing punts inside the 20, you are going to decrease your punting distance average. (that’s science–Ron Burgundy voice).

    Jets fan here, but have to side with Weatherford on this one.

  12. “The Jets are an embarrassment on so many levels that it is hard to keep track.”

    I’m pretty sure the guy whining about his former coach is a member of the New York Giants.

  13. “He’s a guy that kind of harped on the negative a little bit, and life’s short, man. I’m trying to have fun.”

    Ya, well he’s trying to win football games. SMH.

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