Denver and Seattle coaches say conditions could hamper their preparations.
They might be out to do whatever it takes to stop their opponents from wining at Super Bowl XLVIII, but Seattle coach Pete Carrol and Denver coach John Fox do agree on one thing – practice fields.
Both the Seahawks and Bronco arrived in New York for next Sunday’s big game with snow on the ground and more foretasted to fall.
“We haven’t had a chance to get over there yet, but we understand there’s snow on the fields and they’re frozen and we likely could be inside for most of the week,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said.
“We’ll look at the fields and test the fields, and we brought our grounds crew people,” Broncos coach John Fox said. “I understand the indoor facility is very much like ours, except their field house is completed, which is a big difference. So we may or may not go in there. I’d prefer grass. It saves out players’ legs. But if need be, we’ll go indoors or on their synthetic surface.”
A large snowstorm struck the area last Wednesday, more snow fell Saturday and sub-freezing temperatures have kept it from melting. The Seahawks will practice this week at the New York Giants’ facility in East Rutherford, N.J., while the Broncos will work at the New York Jets’ facility in Florham Park, N.J.
“I think, in order to be a championship football team, we’ve got to be weatherproof,” Fox said.