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Why Wauffe was fired

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Why Wauffe was fired

Post  Big_Pete on Tue Jan 19, 2010 7:38 pm

aprt of an article from http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2010/01/ny_giants_sign_tight_end_carso.html

by Mike Garafolo

NFL.com is reporting former Giants DL coach Mike Waufle will interview with the Raiders this week after chatting with the Redskins last week.

In continuing to unearth reasons for Waufle's departure from the Giants (in addition to his annual gripes about a lack of money and respect from the team), I've picked up on the sound of rumblings the Giants believed he simply got too close to his players and wasn't hard enough on them. This explains why the players loved him, of course, but also why he'd be nudged out the door while the rest of the staff has remained intact.

Think about it: in the preseason Umenyiora left a team meeting after being criticized by defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan for a game in which he graded out well. Who provided those grades? Waufle.

And then, Umenyiora was benched for failing to play the run well enough. Umenyiora clarified recently it was Tom Coughlin who was the force behind the benching. Umenyiora, meanwhile, believed he was doing just fine. Perhaps Waufle was reinforcing his player's belief he wasn't to blame as much as others made it seem. Sounds like that's the kind of stuff that was going on behind the scenes, and apparently played a huge part in the "performance reasons" for Waufle's dismissal to which I alluded in the last entry I wrote on him.

In any case, the Giants have moved on and have yet to fill Waufle's spot. Perhaps Bob Sanders, who was Perry Fewell's D-line coach in Buffalo last season, will be the guy.


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Re: Why Wauffe was fired

Post  Big_Pete on Tue Jan 19, 2010 7:41 pm

That is very interesting that Wauffle was too friendly and thus too soft on the players.

It seems very reasonable, the D-Line play was certainly alot less physical than previous years. It gives some explanation into the debacle of last season
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Post  56 Crazed Dogs on Tue Jan 19, 2010 8:46 pm

Some which is just speculation on Garafalo's behalf. However, he is very familiar with the team and would likely have a pretty good sense of these things.
If this is true, It makes some sense for a coaching change. Many people always want a "player friendly" coach but this would be one of those cases where it doesn't always work out.
I think what a lot of fans will miss is the fire and passion displayed by Wauffle on gameday. I know I will, but Fewell is also a firery guy from what I've seen of him in Buffalo.
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Re: Why Wauffe was fired

Post  Big_Pete on Tue Jan 19, 2010 10:09 pm

This is speculation for sure and it will remain so as no-one in the Giants organisation will publically say anything (nor should they). But Garafolo usually has a reasonably idea of what goes on behind the scenes.

It isn't that Wauffle is a bad coach, but perhaps a change was needed and justifiable. Certainly we need better results from our D-Line.
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Re: Why Wauffe was fired

Post  56 Crazed Dogs on Thu Jan 21, 2010 4:12 pm

Big_Pete wrote:
It isn't that Wauffle is a bad coach, but perhaps a change was needed and justifiable. Certainly we need better results from our D-Line.
I agree with this statement.
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