On Sunday night, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport to begin their preparations for Super Bowl XLVIII. One of the biggest story lines throughout the week will be the weather for the big game and during the week, which could force both teams to practice indoors.
Broncos head coach John Fox and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll both spoke to the media after arriving in New Jersey, and both expressed concerns about practicing outdoors on an icy field.
“We’ll look at the fields and test the fields, and we brought our grounds crew people,” Broncos coach John Fox said, via Dan Garziano of ESPN.com.
“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.
“I think, in order to be a championship football team, we’ve got to be weatherproof.”
Carroll echoed those comments.
“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,” Carroll said.
It will be interesting to see how everything plays out throughout the week, but if the teams want to go into Super Bowl Sunday at full strength, they will need to control the conditions as much as possible to ensure that their players stay healthy.