(Is there any real way to prepare for wind like that? Had you practiced outside last week, would that have even helped?)
If I felt practicing outside would help our football team playing in poor weather, trust me, we would have been outside a long time ago. I prefer to go outside, I prefer to be on grass, those are things. But there's a point where the returns are not there. When people are not focusing on practice, and the quality of practice decreases because you want to appease the weather pattern, that's counter-productive in my opinion. That's why we practice inside. I don't think being outside would have factored at all as far as our preparation.
(You said their focus, if you practiced outside, would lag a little bit?)
Well, I just think because when you're playing outside is different than when you're practicing, in my opinion. You've got the heaters and this and that. When you're practicing, certain guys are up, and now the guys that are not in the period, what are they doing? Are we going to pull the benches out there? I don't think it's practical. We have an excellent facility, it's clearly one of the best indoor facilities I've been involved in. Opening the doors, you could make a case we need to close the doors after the way we played this week. I don't think that factors.
Is he serious? Look, I understand it might put-out the grounds crew, but YES you need to bring out the benches. Yes you need the guys to be miserable. Did you see them on Sunday? I knew after the first shot of the Packers sideline we were going to lose. You just had to see the players all huddled up on the bench and the coaches all bundled up in their ridiculous Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man winter jackets to know they were more focused on the weather than the game. Say what you will about Mike Sherman, but that S.O.B. never wore more than long sleeves and a sweatshirt, saying it was unfair of him to ask his players to go out on the field in nothing but their uniforms and to see him on the sideline all bundled up.
Mike McCarthty needs to get a handle on this. His team plays in Green Bay. It gets damn horrible in December and January. His players need to thrive in those conditions, not be scared of them...
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