miami dolphinsMike McDaniel is preparing for a crucial divisional round game against the Buffalo Bills, but the first-year head coach seemed unfazed during a practice session Wednesday.
McDaniel was seen casually walking around the Dolphins facility during warmups wearing a T-shirt that read “I wish it was colder,” a reference to the winter weather conditions Miami will have to play Buffalo on Saturday.
McDaniel, a fan favorite, told reporters during a news conference Wednesday that mentality will be the biggest factor when considering what the weather will be like on Saturday.
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“You don’t really prepare for that other than mentally deciding whether or not you’re going to care,” McDaniel said, after noting that he’s not “monitoring” the weather reports.
“It’s also a mindset. So for me, you just decide whether you’re going to let it count or not and then adjust as best you can. There are certain things that get more difficult when it’s wet or it reaches a certain level. of coldness but the good news is there are no different atmospheres on either side so we will be playing the game in the same elements and as a competitor man for man for our football team that is the goal is that you are going to Do you let the elements matter to you more than them? It’s the same field, the same elements, so you just mentally decide how much you’re going to let it affect you.”
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According to the US National Weather Service Buffalo, a storm system in the area is expected to produce a winter mix of rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow beginning Thursday night with heavier snow expected Saturday. .
Temperatures for the game are expected to drop to the 20s with the wind chill in the teens.
“It could be snowing. It could rain. I don’t know,” the quarterback said. Tua Tagovailoa he told reporters on Wednesday.
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“I think for me at least, I can speak for myself, it’s a mindset thing. And if I’m too focused and worried if it’s too cold, can I catch the ball? Can’t I? Then I’d say ‘I’m focused on the wrong things. It would be hard to play that way against a really good team.”
Invoices, Looking for a third straight AFC East title, he will face the Dolphins on Saturday at 8:15 pm ET.