There are two schools of thought about playing the 2014 Super Bowl in New Jersey: Some people think football is meant to be played in the elements and the Super Bowl should be no different, while others think the Super Bowl is a uniquely significant sporting event that ought to be played under the best of conditions.
Giving ammunition to those in the latter camp is former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, who reminisced in a radio interview about coaching at Giants Stadium in the NFC Championship Game on January 11, 1987 and said the NFL should hope it doesn’t get the kind of weather for Super Bowl XLVIII that his Redskins got that day.
“That was a nightmare,” Gibbs said on Sirius XM’s Mad Dog Radio, via the Washington Post. “I think what we’ve got to pray for is for the Super Bowl day, the day of the game, you gotta have decent weather. You can have some nightmare situations in New York, that far north, particularly that time of the year.”
Obviously, the fact that Gibbs views that game as a nightmare is due mostly to the fact that his team lost. The Giants, who won 17-0, likely don’t remember that game as a nightmare.
But Gibbs does have a valid point that the weather had a huge effect on that game. The Giants actually kicked off at the start of both halves because they won the coin toss and chose to take the wind. The Redskins were bothered by the wind all day, struggled in the kicking game and averaged 3.0 yards a pass.
“I think we had a chance to get one pass downfield and we missed that one, and that was it,” Gibbs recalled. “Wrap it up. I mean, you’re not going anywhere. And it is going to be a tough, tough situation if something like that comes up in New York.”