Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Pats adjust preparation schedule
By Field Yates
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- With the Patriots scheduled to leave for London on Thursday evening in advance of their Week 8 matchup with the St. Louis Rams in historic Wembley Stadium, the team has had to re-adjust its normal preparation week to account for the time needed to travel, adjust to the time change, and rest up for the game.
Traditional weeks center around practice days from Wednesday to Friday, but because of the circumstances, Belichick has opted to have his team on the field for a walk-through on Tuesday afternoon.
In essence, the schedule has been moved up a day, according to Belichick.
"I think that Friday is kind of our transition day, and hopefully today, Wednesday and Thursday will be like a regular Wednesday, Thursday, Friday type preparation days," he said.
The team will arrive in London on Friday morning, and rather than using that day to put in a normal workload, Belichick will begin the process of getting his team rested and adjusted to the time difference.
"We're going to try to add a little bit of extra time to rest and get adjusted and all that, rather than spend it on a lot of game planning and that kind of thing," he noted.
"I don't want to say it's a lost day, but certainly it's a big transition day for us," Belichick continued. "And then Saturday, hopefully we can get back into our regular routine on Saturday and treat Saturday kind of like a normal Saturday, if you will."
Belichick said that the experience of having played in London three years ago can be beneficial for his team.
"The experience for those of us that went, I think we have some idea of what to expect," he said. "Definitely there's something to be said for that."
Wembley Stadium is home to the English national soccer team, and the natural grass playing surface has been a topic of discussion after previous NFL games held within the stadium.
Belichick isn't concerned.
"Every field is different," he said. "You get used to it, it's a grass field. Not the fastest field, but we've played on plenty comparable to it."
Belichick did mention one difference between Wembley and a NFL stadium, however: the environment of the game.
"It's a little bit of a different environment playing there," he said. "They kind of do the soccer cheers and the rugby cheers and all that. It's a little less football-oriented, a little more whatever you call that."