View Full Version : Wayne Weaver regrets firing Tom Coughlin

12-31-2011, 01:21 PM
And every season, whatever the final record, there are still moments and times you remember that stand out in the memory bank.</P>

Absolutely. Look at the first eight years with (then-head coach) Tom Coughlin. It was our most successful time, but we didn’t do everything right and I learned a lot from him. I learned a lot from (then-Vice President of Football Operations) Michael Huyghue’s style of running the salary cap versus me being a little naïve about all of that coming in. It was not until the late 1990s that I realized we were getting to a point where we couldn’t keep spending like we were spending. By that time, honestly, it had caught up with us. You can’t hide from reality. A lot of people like to spin it, but the main thing is you have to learn from those things and we did.</P>


You can’t talk about your time with the Jaguars without talking about Tom Coughlin. He really defined the organization in the early years . . . </P>

If hindsight you could change, I’ll be honest with you: I probably would have never changed Coughlin. 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.</P>


12-31-2011, 01:25 PM
Joe Torre makes Yankees Old Timer's Day Debut (http://www.nj.com/yankees/index.ssf/2011/06/joe_torre_makes_yankees_old_ti.html)

“It became uncomfortable on both sides with how to separate,” Torre said. “Unfortunately it wasn't pretty.”


Out of Exile
12-31-2011, 01:26 PM
I didn't watch the Jags then, as I was not even watching the NFL then, but I read he did a good job there. Best expansion coach ever.

12-31-2011, 01:52 PM
I could see that. The Jags was a pretty good team when Coughlin was there, but the Jags couldn't win the big playoff games. They have been a total mess since they fired him.