December weather in upstate New York is nothing like it is here in South Florida, but the Miami Dolphins already knew that and are aptly prepared for Sunday’s meeting with the Bills.
Snow apparently won’t be in issue this time like it was two weeks ago at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh against the Steelers in a game Miami won, 34-28. But forecasts calling for cold temperatures, a strong wind and rain could be a concern, just not as big a one as some make it out to be.
“The thing about the NFL is, I know we’re the Miami Dolphins but it’s not like everybody on the team is from Miami,” said cornerback
Head Coach Joe Philbin addressed the weather question earlier in the week by turning the focus to fundamentals and execution regardless of the conditions. He acknowledged that at the beginning of the Pittsburgh game when it was snowing hard that might have been a factor, but after it let up everything came down to basic football, even in quarterback
Of course heavy winds and rain can pose a different kind of challenge, but Philbin understands how to prepare for that kind of weather having coached in Green Bay for so many years. He knows adjustments will have to be made depending on what direction the wind is blowing from and the wind speed but he isn’t letting that dominate the discussion.
“You have to be concerned about it,” Philbin said. “You have to see exactly how strong it is, is it a crosswind, is it at your back or is it swirling. It’s hard to control some of things and predict. We’ve even been in our stadium sometimes and thought we did the right thing at the end of the half and all of a sudden in the fourth quarter the wind is blowing a different way. So you make educated decisions based on the information you have to the best of your ability and you just try to be smart. If you’re throwing out breaking routes down the field 20 yards deep into the wind, you’ve got to think about that. You’ve got to think, is that the smartest thing to do.”
“You’ve just got to keep focused on the ball and that’s where your fundamentals have to kick in place,” he said. “You’ve just got to have your eyes on the ball and try to secure the catch when you get it. This game is all about adjusting and we’re just hoping to go up there and get a win.”
Rain or shine.
THIS AND THAT
Philbin moved the team back inside for today’s practice and
HIP HOP FRIDAY
There was no Christmas music on the playlist during warm-ups and the stretching period, as hip-hop was the dominant theme. Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It,” started off the three-song set, with “Hypnotize,” by Notorious B.I.G. up next. Dr. Dre closed things out with “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thing.”
THE LAST WORD
“I’m just going to beat him, beat him bad. I trashed talk too much the first time around and he ended up beating me.” – Grimes on wanting a rematch with Philbin in ping-pong after losing to him the first time