How will Seahawks prepare for cold weather? ‘There’s no simulating zero degrees’
SEATTLE – Yes, it’s going to be cold. No, there’s not much the Seattle Seahawks can do about it.
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said on Wednesday that the team isn’t worried about forecasts that put game time temperatures in Minneapolis on Sunday well below zero.
“There’s no simulating zero degrees,” Sherman said. “I guess I could go upstairs in the freezer, shut the doors, sit there for a few minutes?
“You got the heaters on the sideline. It’s not as bad as it used to be. You’ve got heaters, heated seats. You play for 20 minutes, you get off the field. You play for 20 minutes, you get off the field.”
Still, there’s no denying extremely cold weather has impact on the game, coach Pete Carroll said. Carroll immediately recalled the coldest game he ever participated in – a “wild, nasty, cold game” at Buffalo when he was coaching the New York jets – mostly because he managed to get out with a win.
“I think it’s the handling of the ball probably over a long period of time,” Carroll said. “It always seems to make the coaches feel like it’s gonna be a more vulnerable situation, because of feel and touch and that kind of stuff.
“You’re more vulnerable (running the ball) whether you’re handing it off or tossing it or whatever you’re trying to do and it also affects when you’re trying to throw and catch it, too.”
That aside, Carroll said the coaching staff isn’t going to worry about the weather.
“It’s not gonna be an issue for us going forward,” Carroll said. “We’re going to just try to go and do the things that we do.”