You know the phrase “punters are people too?” Although they are people too, they probably shouldn’t talk as much as New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford does. Especially when you consider Weatherford isn’t even that great at actually doing his job either. Anyone looks like an improvement over former Giants punter Matt Dodge that’s only known for punting to former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson to cap off the “Miracle at the Meadowlands II.”
Weatherford has always been a talker both on and off the field, he’s extremely fiery for a punter. But that fire doesn’t mean much considering he’s not that great of a punter, as he ranked 27th overall out of 37 punters in 2014, according to Pro Football Focus. Weatherford is actually quite mediocre at his job but let’s his mouth do more of the talking than his leg does.
Friday morning, Weatherford appeared on WFAN’s “Boomer & Carton” show and had a whole lot to say about the Eagles quarterback situation. Which will certainly add some fuel to the fire that is the Giants and Eagles fierce rivalry. Here’s what Weatherford had to say, according to Charles Curtis of NJ.com:
"“I’m the biggest Tim Tebow fan in the world,” he said. “I mean, who wouldn’t want their daughter to date a guy like that? I’ll tell you want, I don’t want him taking snaps for my team.”Then he broke out the car metaphors for the rest of the Eagles quarterbacks.“I’m gonna give you a Ferrari that maybe won’t be running all the time, or I’m giving you a nice Cadillac sedan,” he said. “It’s not the fastest but you know what you’re going to get out of it.”Who’s the Cadillac? You guessed it, Mark Sanchez.“[Sam] Bradford can go zero to 60 in three seconds,” he added. “But you don’t know if he’s going to start up some days.”Weatherford added he’s heard a rumor Bradford is getting an extension and scoffed, “Good luck with that. … Chip Kelly will get himself in serious trouble if they get an extension for that guy and he gets hurt? He’s done.”"
Although there is certainly some validity to what Weatherford is saying, he could have went about it a bit differently. But given his persona, this isn’t a surprise at all. He’s a punter so nobody is really going to ask him questions about his job so he must have felt it was necessary to talk some trash about the Eagles.
It’ll only be bulletin board material for the Eagles once it comes time to suit up against the Giants in 2015. Considering Weatherford had two of his worst performances of 2014 against the Eagles, including having one of his punts blocked and returned for a touchdown in Week 17, it doesn’t make much sense for him to talk about them.
It’s especially funny to see Weatherford question Eagles head coach Chip Kelly’s decision making, considering the Eagles have dominated the Giants since he’s taken over in the City of Brotherly Love. According to Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation, the Eagles have outscored the Giants a total of 104-62 since Kelly has become Philadelphia’s head coach.
Kelly’s Eagles have gone 3-1 against the Giants during his tenure. The Giants lone win came in Week 8 of 2013, in which they won 15-7, scoring nothing but field goals. Matt Barkley was the Eagles starting quarterback for that game because both Michael Vick and Nick Foles were injured.
So if that’s what Weatherford wants to be elated about, then go for it. Maybe he should just stick to becoming a better punter and not worrying about what a divisional rival that’s dominated the Giants as of late has done this offseason.
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