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If Choice was His to Make Again, Jacksonville Jaguars Owner Wayne Weaver Wouldn’t Fire Tom Coughlin

December 31st, 2011 at 6:32 PM
By Dan Benton

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver is in his final days with the franchise, and rather than go out silently, he’s chosen to take an in-depth look back as his tenure with the organization.

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin argues a call during the second half of their NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Massachusetts September 1, 2011. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

Amidst many happy memories and many great business decisions, one thing Weaver truly regrets is letting go of now New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin.

“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.”

Instead of taking that approach, Weaver bid Coughlin ado in 2002.

In 2004, Coughlin took over as head coach of the New York Giants and following a 6-10 inaugural season, has posted seven consecutive years of eight wins or more (the longest such streak in franchise history). That also includes an NFC Championship and a Super Bowl championship in 2007 after defeating the then 18-0 New England Patriots.

By comparison, the Jaguars have only had five seasons of eight wins or more since they parted ways with Coughlin 2002, and only one playoff win (two playoff appearances).

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