Coaches: Cold not affecting preparations

Feb. 2, 2011 at 6:41 PM
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ARLINGTON, Texas, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- The freezing temperatures and icy conditions paralyzing North Texas aren't hampering Super Bowl preparations there, coaches said Wednesday.

Both Green Bay Packers Coach Mike McCarthy and Pittsburgh Steelers counterpart Mike Tomlin insisted the extreme cold in the Dallas-Fort Worth area hasn't been an issue as their teams prepare for Sunday's Super Bowl XLV.

The Packers, who were originally set to practice outdoors at Southern Methodist University, instead moved to the indoor facilities at a local high school, which hasn't presented a problem, McCarthy said.

"I think it is practical that we will be inside for sure today and probably the rest of the week," he told The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune. "There are some things that people from our organization are looking at as we speak."

The Steelers, meanwhile, were practicing inside at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.

"The weather has probably been a blessing," Tomlin told the newspaper. "We are probably more familiar with these types of weather conditions. We are just going to do what we've been doing here the last several weeks in terms of preparation with the understanding that we are going to play inside."

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