Many of the Miami Dolphins were asked this week about playing in the snow and the prospects of wintry weather on Sunday at New Era Field.
Coach Adam Gase, who spent a year as a teenager living in Buffalo, has told his players that competing in the cold is "just a mindset." He also reminded them that many of them have played in difficult weather conditions before. "Most of them are from the Midwest," he said.
Cameron Wake took a matter-of-fact approach when asked about the weather.
“It looked like fun, I guess. It’s interesting. It’s been a couple of years since we’ve seen a game with as much snow as that, but in the division we play in, traditionally, every game from October on that’s not in Miami, it’s going to be cold. Buffalo’s cold. New York’s cold. New England’s cold. It’s not really a thing at this point. Every home game is going to be hot. Surprise.
"The same way you deal with 110 degrees as we do for months in training camp is the same way you deal with cold games, whatever the temperature may be. You put on some gloves and go out there and play. If you’re thinking about the cold, then again, you’re already losing the battle.
"The cold and the heat and the fans and all crowd noise, all of that stuff should be in the far trenches of your mind. Your job, defeating your opponent – whoever it is – is No. 1. ”