Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Colts don't let poor weather stop them
By Mike Wells
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts weren't going to let the snow, icy roads and frigid temperatures in the area stop them from putting in the work to prepare for Saturday's playoff game against the New England Patriots.
Players, coaches and other members of the Colts' organization managed to make it to the team's facility Sunday and Monday despite central Indiana having one of the worst winter storms in a century.
The players were at the facility Sunday morning meeting with coaches and lifting weights before heading home to watch the San Diego-Cincinnati playoff game so that they could find out who they would play this weekend. They were back at the facility Monday.
What's normally about a 30-minute drive to the facility for defensive lineman Cory Redding took an hour Monday because of the poor weather conditions. The weather was so bad that the mayor of Indianapolis restricted driving to emergency vehicles at one point.
"I was fine," Redding said. "I got a big, nice GMC Yukon Denali that was plowing right through the snow. So I got into work and took my time. The roads were okay. I had to plow through some things in my neighborhood to get out, but once I got to the freeway, it was pretty wide open."
Troy Glendenning, the team's facilities manager, helped anybody who needed their driveways plowed.
"So it was a little bit of a challenge, but we got everybody here," Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. "The coaches helped each other out and gave rides and things like that. Once we got here, we could hunker in. Nobody's got anywhere to go. It was a little bit of a challenge but everything worked out well."
The Colts will likely practice outside this week since Saturday's game will be played outdoors. Luckily for them, though, temperatures in Foxborough are expected to be around 47 degrees for the game. That's a vast improvement from the negative temperatures in the Indianapolis area on Monday.
"You can't stop Mother Nature, you just have to adjust to her," Redding said. "We've been practicing all out in elements all year long for cold teams and sometimes just because. Because we know we want to be in February in New York, we have to adjust to the cold. Don't complain and moan about it. Get your cold gear on and your warm skin and get your hoodies and go out there and let's play some football."