Wednesday, December 21, 2011
'Just another game' for Weatherford
By Matt Ehalt
You can tell Steve Weatherford is now with the Giants and not the Jets.
With this first game on tap to play against his former team and Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff, who took some jabs at Weatherford's performance last season, the Giants punter is not talking any trash or using that as motivation for this game.
"That’s not important to me, that's in the past, not really something that weighs on my mind at all," Weatherford said about comments made by Westhoff earlier this year. "I'm here, this is my home now, I love it here, these coaches treat me great and I'm thrilled to be a Giant. I have no remorse or no regrets about coming here."
Weatherford, who signed a one-year deal with the Giants in the offseason, punted for the Jets the previous two seasons, averaging 42 yards or better on his punts in each of his two seasons with the Jets. After Weatherford inked with the Giants earlier this year, Westhoff took shots at Weatherford for his performance, calling him out for performances at the end of the year and for being 23rd in punting average.
As a free agent in the offseason, Weatherford said he considered the Jets but said that Gang Green definitely was not his top choice. He signed with the Giants and is hoping that it could lead to longevity with the organization, a la Jeff Feagles.
"It (was) time for me to move on. I enjoyed playing there, it was a great franchise, the owner was great, the head coach was great, but it was just, I felt like as far as my career was concerned and I didn't think there was going to be job longevity there," Weatherford said about leaving the Jets. "They have a lot of turnover at the specialist position, they had Jay Feely come in there and kick two years and kick well and then he left. You go back and look, they don't keep specials around and I'm looking for a home."
Despite having been with the Jets, Weatherford said there isn't anything he can use in terms of strategy in facing his former team. He's frankly not even getting caught up in who the opponent is, even though it's his former team.
"I want to win because I want to go to the playoffs besides from that, to be honest with you, it's just another game to me," Weatherford said. " It's not like I want to win this game anymore than I want to win against the Cowboys the last game of the year, we have to win both these games to get in the playoffs and that's the only thing that's important to me right now."