Some, but not all Browns players bummed ‘Snow Bowl’ with Bills got scrubbed

BEREA, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – The Browns’ dreams of playing in a winter wonderland Sunday were dashed by the avalanche of snow hitting the Buffalo region.

As a result, the NFL moved their game with the Bills from Buffalo to Detroit.

“I was bummed,” right tackle Jack Conklin said Friday. “Those are the games you go down in history. It would’ve been awesome to be able to play in one, I’ve always wanted to play in one, haven’t been able to have a snow game yet, so I was pretty excited.

“I get it for the safety, getting people, getting police officers and stuff to the facility and stuff to be able to keep everyone safe and everything and just not being able to do that. I get it, I’m bummed out, I would’ve loved to have played in a snow game like that. But I get it.”

Snow games are won in the trenches and the Browns offensive line was ready to rebound from a tough day in the Miami heat in the white powder fun.

“I think it’s a cool thought and atmosphere but at the end of the day you want the people of Buffalo to and Orchard Park to be safe,” left guard Joel Bitonio said. “When you look at it from that perspective, it’s probably a smart move. Maybe we’ll get some more fans there with it being in Detroit.”

Bitonio was in awe of the pictures and video the Bills posted on social media from Highmark Stadium Friday.

“That’s a lot of snow,” Bitonio said. “But that would be pretty fun to be out there, dive in and go running through the snow. There would definitely be some snowballs thrown.”

With Nick Chubb to block for, right guard Wyatt Teller was looking forward to the physicality in the trenches when they began game planning for “three to six feet of snow” earlier this week.

“I always view weather as an advantage,” Teller said. “I would’ve really loved to run the rock in the snow – no passing, just see who’s run game is better. Buffalo is a really talented team. Regardless if they would’ve put eight on the line, we would’ve had to block them all, so it would’ve been fun.”

The disappointment bled over to the defense as well.

“I'm hurt by that. I ain't gonna lie to you,” linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah said. “I definitely wanted that snow game. I wanted to test what the heart was really about. So you know, it's cool man. They'll come.
We're in Cleveland, we'll get back to the snow game eventually.”

Not everyone shared the enthusiasm about the possibility to play in a snow globe.

“It benefits everybody that we’re not playing in the snow,” defensive end Myles Garrett said. “As much as fun as it is as a kid, we get paid too much to be slipping and sliding around trying to make plays and trying to do what we do on a regular basis when we’re in three feet of snow.”

Instead of snow, the Browns will now play on field turf, which has been a hot topic of conversation this week.

Like Bitonio and several other Browns players who spoke out against playing on the artificial stuff because of injury possibilities, Garrett isn’t a fan of turf either, but to avoid playing in a foot or two of snow, it’s a sacrifice he can live with.

“So, I mean this turf is pretty bad itself in terms of its track record with injuries and so making sure the guys are hydrated and properly warmed up and stretched so nobody is putting themselves in danger of getting hurt. I’ll take the turf over the snow just about every day.”

The last legit snow game the Browns played in was ironically against the Bills, an 8-0 victory during the 2007 season in Cleveland thanks to a safety and pair of Phil Dawson boomerang field goals in a blizzard.

Memories of Dawson’s heroics that day had all eyes this week on rookie kicker Cade York, who can now relax.

“It would have been fun to kick in the snow,” York said. “I've never done that before so would like to get that out of the way.”

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