With seemingly the entire country covered in an ice sheet, Oakland Raiders’ quarterback Matt McGloin says he is prepared to play despite the cold when his team takes on the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, according to Scott Bair at CSN Bay Area.
“I’m used to it,” McGloin said. “I grew up in the East my whole life, so I’m used to playing in the cold weather. I’m used to the grip of the ball, how it feels, how to keep your hands warm and moist, things like that. So that won’t be too much of an adjustment for me.” [CSN Bay Area]
McGloin is an undrafted rookie out of Penn State and went to high school in the state as well. If you’re going to get used to playing in the cold there are few more appropriate places to do so.
“We have a quarterback right now who has played in inclement weather and played in the Big 10,” offensive coordinator Gerg Olson said. “They get a lot of that kind of weather there, so you don’t really allow that to be an excuse or a distraction. It is what it is, and they know right now going into it that it’s going to be cold and there is going to be a chance of snow flurries, so you just keep playing.” [CSN Bay Area]
Both Oakland and the Jets have lost 4 out of their last 5 games and sit one and two games out of the 6th and final playoff spot in the AFC, respectively. Sunday’s forecast calls for temperatures in the low 30’s with a slight chance of snow in East Rutherford.