As one might expect in Buffalo in December, it’s likely going to be cold and windy although there aren’t currently concerns about precipitation.
Regardless of what the weather ends up being, Bill Belichick doesn’t sound like he’ll be focused too much on the topic until he sees and feels the conditions for himself.
“Usually we talk about it once we know for sure what it is, which a lot of times that’s when we get to the stadium,” Belichick in a Friday morning Zoom with reporters. “It’s hard to really I think hang your hat on a lot of predictions here. So we’ll go with the known information, understanding what it obviously could be.
“We’re not expecting overheating and fans on the sideline.”
Asked a general question about preparation, which might include getting ready for weather conditions, Belichick remained general in his response.
“Again, on the weather, we don’t really spend a lot of time on that,” Belichick emphasized. “We practice in a variety of conditions from the start of training camp to the end of the season, so whenever they come up they come up. We learn from those. Those may or may not be what we get that particular week. But somewhere along the line it could come into play. So we talk about that and how it would affect certain plays, situations, ball-handling, etc. It’s kind of a continual conversation on that.”
Supporting their coach’s point, New England players often joke that Belichick doesn’t actually utilize the team’s indoor practice facility at Gillette Stadium.
“I don’t think there’s too much we haven’t seen,” Belichick continued. “We haven’t seen a lot of snow this year, but I don’t know what we could do about that. But we’ve practiced in wind. We practiced in sunny days, cloudy days, windy days, calm days, hot days, cold days, wet days, dry days. I don’t know. Like what’s it going to be? Whatever it is, it is. If we haven’t done it then we’ll have to adjust to it. But we’ve dealt with most everything.”
With winds projected in the 20-30 mph range for Monday night, Belichick did say it will affect special teams play before it might have an impact on the passing game.
“Buffalo’s always a challenging place to play because the wind will affect the kicking game more than it will affect the passing game,” Belichick noted. “So as it relates to field position, ball-handling, field goal rang, direction of the kicks, so forth. Obviously it will be a key factor in the game depending on what it is. But that’s part of the challenge of playing there. It will be the same for both teams and we’ll see how everybody handles it. But it will definitely be a factor, again more of a factor in the kicking game than the passing game although it could affect the passing game. But it will affect the kicking game first.”
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