Super Bowl XLVIII: John Fox and Pete Carroll play down the impact of cold weather

Last Updated: 28/01/14 5:38pm

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The head coaches of Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks insist the wintry New Jersey conditions will not be the deciding factor in Super Bowl XLVIII.

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The head coaches of Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks insist the wintry New Jersey conditions will not be the deciding factor in Super Bowl XLVIII.

As expected, much of the build-up so far has surrounded the likelihood of freezing temperatures in MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

With this Super Bowl being the first played outside in a cold-weather city, it presents challenges for both the NFL themselves and teams, not just on Sunday but throughout the week as their practices are impacted.

And as if that is not difficult enough, New York itself creates added difficulties - as illustrated by Monday's Denver media activities taking place on a cruise ship.

Their coach John Fox was quick to dismiss fears upon arriving in the city, saying: "I think in order to be a championship football team we've got to be weatherproof, and I think our football team played in all different elements this year.

"I feel comfortable with where we're at as far as the elements, but it's a part of the game.

"I think tradition-wise, it's been a part of the league and a part of a lot of championships."

'Not bothered'

The Seattle Seahawks are preparing to face the Denver Broncos in Sunday's Super Bowl in New York with temperatures forecast as low as minus 14.

Those sentiments were echoed by his opposite number Pete Carroll, who said: "We play in an area that has inclement weather occasionally so it is not something we are bothered by.

"There are obviously some differences with the ball getting wet and the wind altering the game but, for us, it's no big deal."

Such comments will come as a relief to commissioner Roger Goodell, who has come under fire in some quarters for the decision to play a Super Bowl in such conditions.

For his part, Goodell has not been too flustered, saying in November: "The reason we did it is that it went back to our roots.

"Part of the reason people love the Super Bowl is because it is about the elements. I think it is going to be extraordinary."

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