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Weatherford: Playing for Jets was "taxing"

New York Giants place holder Steve Weatherford celebrates

New York Giants place holder Steve Weatherford celebrates after his team scored a game winning field field during overtime of the NFC Championship. (Jan. 22, 2012) Credit: AP

Taped inside of Steve Weatherford’s locker all season has been a headline from a story in September in which Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff said he “wasn’t good enough” to punt for the Jets anymore.

Today, two days after making some key plays to help the Giants clinch a shot in the Super Bowl, Weatherford took a shot back. When asked why he was having such a better season this year, Weatherford revealed that it hadn’t always been easy to play for the Jets special team coach.

“I think a lot of (my improvement) has to do with playing for Tom Quinn and being comfortable and being confident and being srong,” Weatherford said of the Giants special teams coordinator. “Playing for the Jets and playing for that positional coach was draining, difficult and physically taxing.”

Weatherford was the holder on kicker Lawrence Tynes game-winning field goal. Today, Tynes called Westhoff’s comments about Weatherford “the worst statement in the year by any coach in this game.”

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