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Dungy: Same-day travel not a major distraction

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The Steelers’ hotel in New Jersey can’t accommodate them, due to a lack of power.  So they’ll make the trip to play the Giants on Sunday, and then they’ll come home after the game.

So how big of a problem will it be?

Former Buccaneers and Colts coach Dungy, who began his NFL career as a Steelers defensive back, tells PFT that it’s not a major issue.

“They should be OK but it’s not ideal,” Dungy said.  “Players are creatures of habit and this will break up their routine.”

Dungy explained that he’d use same-day travel in the preseason, in order to put the team through the experience.  He got the idea from former Vikings coach Dennis Green, who hired Dungy to serve as defensive coordinator in Minnesota.

“I took the Bucs on a bus at 5:30 a.m. to Jacksonville once to simulate problems,” Dungy said.

If Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, who worked for Dungy in Tampa, hasn’t previously used same-day travel in the preseason to prepare the players for potential unpredictability when the games count, Tomlin surely will in 2013 and beyond.

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24 Responses to “Dungy: Same-day travel not a major distraction”
  1. captainloaded says: Nov 1, 2012 8:38 PM

    If this stops the routine of Antonio Brown’s showboating and Mike Wallace’s drops, I’m all for it.

  2. greglloydrules says: Nov 1, 2012 8:40 PM

    If they do it right they should have plenty of rest before the game. I think they show up and play a great game. 28-23 Pitt

  3. ilovefoolsball says: Nov 1, 2012 8:43 PM

    Unbelievable. The Giants should not play a game in their home stadium if the opposing team has to jump through hoops.
    This should have been moved to a neutral location or preferably, Pittsburgh.

    They did it for the Saints in 05 for that hurricane and I see no reason why the Giants can’t do the same.

    It’s not the Steelers fault that people choose to live so close to the coast.

  4. ghjjf says: Nov 1, 2012 8:43 PM

    On October 8, 2005, Northwestern’s football team became the first college team in modern history to play two games in the same day. They first played Trinity Bible College at home in the early afternoon, winning 59-0. After a two-hour break, the team boarded a bus for the 6.5-mile (10.5 km) drive to Macalester College for a 7:00 p.m. (0000 UTC, 9 October) game, which the Eagles won 47-14.

  5. iloveflorio says: Nov 1, 2012 8:56 PM

    What do you people think Pittsburgh does when they play away in Baltimore or Cincinnati they certainly don’t spend the night there I think everything will be okay call me crazy but this game might get decided by what actually happens on the field??

  6. jr4real says: Nov 1, 2012 9:03 PM

    Yes they do spend the night. Even for a cleveland game.

  7. bluebagz says: Nov 1, 2012 9:06 PM

    ilovefoolsball says:
    Nov 1, 2012 8:43 PM
    Unbelievable. The Giants should not play a game in their home stadium if the opposing team has to jump through hoops.
    This should have been moved to a neutral location or preferably, Pittsburgh.

    They did it for the Saints in 05 for that hurricane and I see no reason why the Giants can’t do the same.

    It’s not the Steelers fault that people choose to live so close to the coast.
    ———————
    What hoops? Stay home an extra day, fly in, play ball and fly back home. Sounds like a good deal for the Steelers. How can you compare NO in 05 when that stadium was deemed to be unsafe. Met Life Stadium is completely safe and suffered no damage. As for the comment about the coast, that’s just dumb. New York is the greatest city on this planet…..hands down!! I’ve never met, heard, or knew anyone that actually wanted to visit Pittsburgh!!

  8. naes says: Nov 1, 2012 9:35 PM

    Pitt to NJ is an easy one day trip. So it shouldn’t affect the outcome I this game.

    But actually ilove Pitt does stay in a hotel in those trips. Most home teams also stay in a hotel near the stadium the night before a game.

  9. thefiesty1 says: Nov 1, 2012 9:38 PM

    If this was Cincy I’d say it’s just because Brown is too cheap to pay for a hotel.

  10. crownofthehelmet says: Nov 1, 2012 10:35 PM

    I think the Ravens have a form letter the Steelers could borrow. The one they used a few years back to petition the league to not have to play in Pit at night. Just tweak a few words here and there.

  11. hobokenbill says: Nov 1, 2012 10:54 PM

    Most Giants are getting power back in their homes tonight or tomorrow. Some won’t have it back for 10 days. Others had to walk through a combo of river water and sewage to get to their car so they could attend practice and try to concentrate in the film room. Those are distractions, not a cushy 47 min flight followed by a catered meal (all within the same time zone)

  12. ajpurp says: Nov 1, 2012 11:47 PM

    Whoever said this game should be played in Pitt is ignorant, there is absolutely no damage to the stadium and it’s not being used for shelter, unlike NO AND there are hundreds of hotels right a merely hour to hour and a half away that they could stay at, right across the way. It’s the steelers choice, that since they couldn’t get a hotel NEAR the stadium they figured it would be better to just drive. Moreover, Pitt had the storm huddled over it for days, that field would be a complete mess and more of hazard to player injuries than the meadowlands. If anything the game should be pushed to Monday, but moving it to another stadium when the meadowlands is fine? Plain ignorant.

  13. ajpurp says: Nov 1, 2012 11:56 PM

    And yeah let’s move the game away from a perfectly good stadium because the steelers don’t want to stay an hour away, when the state has been ravished by floods and destruction, where half people will go just to get away from it, where people are suffering and the giants players themselves have no power all week, yeah let’s inconvenience them more than they have to be, players living at friends houses and residents who have lost everything, yes let’s take the game away when the stadium itself is in perfectly good condition, I live here and that comment just pisses me off. Because the precious steelers can’t stay somewhere like Philly or hell forty minutes south has plenty of hotels in west jersey untouched by the storm, man you’re dumb. These players, my own damn family won’t have power for weeks, our homes flooded out, my parents and uncles house washed away, but you want to take the damn game away from the state because steelers CHOOSE to drive because their four star hotel of choice is without power? When there hundreds of hotels a mere hour away in perfect working condition. Get a clue

  14. floridaboy619 says: Nov 2, 2012 12:07 AM

    To the guy bringing up College football teams that nobody has heard of, congrats for going to that school or being a fan.
    But the Steelers can’t complain, considering they only have to make a 40 flight granted it messes up they’re routine a bit. Not like they are playing a California team!

  15. lawyermalloy says: Nov 2, 2012 6:09 AM

    @iloveflorio
    All teams travel Sat. Stay in Hotel Sat. night and usually return home after the game. And yes svn when the Steelers play in Cinn. or Balto.

  16. buzzedlitebeer says: Nov 2, 2012 6:46 AM

    @iloveflorio

    Wrong. League rules require the visiting team be in the host city the day before. The Steelers received a waiver for this game.

  17. nockinon7sdoor says: Nov 2, 2012 6:49 AM

    The Steelers most certainly do spend the night before a game in Baltimore, Cincinnatti, or Cleveland in the host city. I thought it was an NFL policy that the visiting team had to be in the host city 24 hours before game time?

    Anyway, no excuses. Should be a great game, hope the Steelers come out on top.

  18. sudz28 says: Nov 2, 2012 7:24 AM

    Shouldn’t be a major issue. It really sucks what some of the poor folks in New York and New Jersey are going through right now, so this minor inconvenience is hardly even worth bringing up. I just hope it’s as great a game as I think it will be!

  19. ragingyinzer says: Nov 2, 2012 9:15 AM

    iloveflorio says:
    What do you people think Pittsburgh does when they play away in Baltimore or Cincinnati they certainly don’t spend the night there..

    =====
    Uh, yes they do. They travel on Saturday and stay overnight for all road games, no matter who they play. If they play on the West Coast, they sometimes even travel on Friday.

  20. scd7 says: Nov 2, 2012 9:29 AM

    “They did it for the Saints in 05 for that hurricane and I see no reason why the Giants can’t do the same.”

    ———————

    Well, the major difference is the Superdome was completely & totally unplayable while the Saint’s were displaced. I assume since they’re not moving it, NY’s stadium is fine and able to be played in safely (both fans and players)..

  21. Steeley McBeam says: Nov 2, 2012 11:03 AM

    Weird I have yet to hear a Steeler player complain about the situation. This isn’t going to affect anything so dont put words in the players or coaches mouths, Steelers or Giants fans…

  22. Steeler's Will-enator says: Nov 2, 2012 11:32 AM

    Dungy’s right. It’s not ideal, but it won’t be a problem. It certainly won’t be the reason (if) they lose the game.

  23. troy43mvp says: Nov 2, 2012 1:27 PM

    I would think that players rest better sleeping in their own beds the night before? Should be fine as long as the pre-game routine is not disturbed.

  24. critter69 says: Nov 4, 2012 4:55 AM

    Several years ago, all three airports in the Baltimore/Washington area were shut the day before the Detroit Lions were to play at Baltimore because of a snow storm. All three airports were open the next morning, the day of the game.

    The Lions got NFL permission to fly in Sunday morning, and the Ravens and Lions got NFL permission to delay the game from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM.

    It’s possible, and has happened in the past, but it’s rare, especially since NFL rules state that the ‘away’ team MUST be in the city of the game the day prior to the game.

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