Thursday, February 14, 2013

Weatherford: Westhoff 'a difficult person to play for'


Former New York Jets punter Steve Weatherford, now with the New York Giants, had his share of differences with Mike Westhoff while working under the Jets' former special teams coach. (photo: Marianne O'Leary, Flickr)

As of Wednesday, not much has changed.

“I didn’t get along with Mike,” Weatherford told WFAN. “Mike was a really difficult person to play for."

Tell us something we didn't already know. Better yet, tell us something Westhoff didn't already know.

"I'm not their best friend," Westhoff, who coached Weatherford for two years, told HBO's Hard Knocks in 2010.

But Westhoff was and is also one of the most highly-respected coaches in the NFL, having put out one of the best special teams units in the NFL year in, year out over a two-decade span. Weatherford, however, didn't see respect as a two-way street.

"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," Weatherford said. "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.”

Not that Westhoff cares, but we still like him. Just watch this. You will too.

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