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Jacksonville owner regrets firing Coughlin

Wayne Weaver, the original owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars, who sold the franchise to Illinois businessman Shahid Khan and is turning over the reins this week, said recently that he regrets firing Tom Coughlin back in 2002.

"If hindsight you could change, I’ll be honest with you: I probably would have never changed Coughlin," said Weaver, in an interview with Jaguars.com.

When asked for comment about this on Wednesday, Coughlin said, "I was aware of it, but I don't have any reaction to it. We're playing the Atlanta Falcons."

Coughlin was the original coach of the expansion Jaguars, and led them to two AFC Championship Games in eight seasons at the helm. He won 49 games in his first five years there, but the Jags went 19-29 in his final three years, and he was fired following a 6-10 season in 2002.

Jacksonville has a record of 69-73 since Coughlin departed, and is just 1-2 in the postseason. Meanwhile Coughlin, who was hired by the Giants in 2004, has won three division titles, led the Giants to the playoffs five times, and won Super Bowl XLII.