¡°Wind is what you watch for, and especially being down there right on the lake,¡± Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. ¡°That¡¯s really where the challenge is; that¡¯s what the challenge was in ¡¯07. When you get those gusts that are up there at 20, 25 or north of that, that’s where the football moving and the snap from center in the gun, all those things factor.”
It was 2 hours, 44 minutes of freezing hell, and this Sunday could be more of the same. It¡¯s why McCarthy took his team outside for practice on Thursday, when at least one of his players had his jersey freeze to his body.
Rodgers has played in only three games in which the temperature was a single digit at kickoff, and he¡¯s lost them all. One of them was the 2008 game at Chicago.
The Browns say that they appreciate how coach Hue Jackson has remained positive despite the team’s season-long struggles.
“I’m not deterred,” Haden said. “I feel like [coach] Hue [Jackson] is definitely motivated.”
One week ago, Haden was saying how frustrating it was to be on a winless team, and how much it hurt to be the laughingstock of every joke. It still hurts, but it hasn’t hurt Haden’s belief that things will get better sooner rather than later.
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More than once, Jackson has said this season that if teams want to get the Browns, they better get them now, because the team won’t be in this position for long.
Jackson’s message to Haden seems similar.
“We talk all the time,” Haden said. “He always comes up to me, ‘Hey, Joe, next year at this time we’re going to be getting ready for the playoffs. And I’m with you.’ I feel the same way, and I believe in Coach.”
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Mentioning the word “playoffs” in relation to the Browns brings to mind Jim Mora’s infamous “playoffs?” rant. It just doesn’t seem possible that the Browns can make that turnaround in a year.
But they’re not doubting.