Dolphins view heat in Miami as an advantage

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Last week, as the Dolphins-Bears game stretched into overtime, some Chicago players looked like they were beginning to wilt under the heat. This week, the Dolphins are preparing for their second consecutive home game against a Northern team, and with the high temperature expected to hit close to 90 degrees, Detroit’s players may have a similar disadvantage.

Dolphins coach Adam Gase said he does see it that way, with his players having trained all summer in Miami.

“I think our guys believe that the fact we train down here and we’re living in this that it’s to our advantage,” Gase said. “And I think it’s one of things where it kind of reminds me of when we were in Denver, whether the altitude thing was real or not, our guys felt like it was. They knew that if it’s a four-quarter game, that they felt like they had an advantage. I think our guys are starting to really see that and feel that way. That’s the biggest thing for us, we try to make it a four-quarter game and try to prove that we’re in the best shape possible to finish the game out the right way.”

Lions coach Matt Patricia said his team has to be ready.

“We’re just going to have to do a good job here of working through practice a high pace and a high tempo and making sure that we’re in great condition when we go down there,” Patricia said. “That will be a big part of it. And I think as you can see as the games go on down there, the teams in the end — conditioning will be a big part of the game.”

One advantage the Dolphins have is the design of Hard Rock Stadium, which has more shade on the home team’s sideline than the visitors’ sideline. The Dolphins aren’t just more accustomed to the heat than their opponents. They also get a cooler sideline than their opponents. That’s a real advantage, one that may pay off on Sunday.

47 responses to “Dolphins view heat in Miami as an advantage

  1. .
    The weather has started to cool up north, but in South Florida it’s still the middle of summer. The temperatures are near 90° with high humidity.
    .

  2. It’s a great home field advantage for the first half of the season but kind of feels like a disadvantage for the second half and playoffs.

  3. Just like teams in the north have an advantage when the Dolphins play up here. On a side note….. I don’t know how people can stand that constant high heat and high humidity….

  4. Do the Dolphins realize that their QB last year is better than Stafford?

    Playoff Wins Record:

    Cutler 1
    Stafford 0

    Cutler > Stafford
    Brocktober > Stafford
    Tannehill > Stafford

    Should be an easy win for the Dolphins, the Lions defense is atrocious!

  5. I have been saying this for years. In college or pro sports, they talk about the cold weather but no one mentions the northern teams going south and playing. It is a big advantage and should be taken into account.

  6. Second string QBs are known to destroy Patricia’s defense, remember the Superbowl last year?

    I don’t see the Lions winning this game.

    Dolphins 35 Lions 10

  7. After attending the Bears Dolphins game last week it is clear they have an advantage. The whole visitor team sideline and lower level seats are in the sun while the rest of the stadium is shaded.

  8. zonedout100 says:
    October 20, 2018 at 9:38 am
    Just like teams in the north have an advantage when the Dolphins play up here.
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    Not really because they can just wear warmer under-garments, and anyway it’s a little bit like with altitude where its easier for a high-up Denver to play lower, it’s easier for a team well adjusted to heat and humidty like Miami to go play in cooler conditions (unless it’s ridiculously cold and snowy like say in Lambeau some Januaries but Miami are AFC so don’t have that worry).

  9. The heat is to Miami’s advantage when playing the other AFC East teams just like the cold is to their advantage. The league ought to find a way to schedule Miami’s home AFC East games early in the season and their road AFC East games at the end of the season. Miami would have the weather advantage early in the season and their AFC East foes would have the weather advantage later.

  10. One for the other thumb says:
    October 20, 2018 at 9:38 am

    kind of feels like a disadvantage for the second half and playoffs.
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    Playoffs? And Dolphins? I wouldn’t worry about it.

  11. There should be equal shade on both sidelines! something the competition should address for all stadiums and teams.

  12. There should be equal shade on both sidelines! something the competition comity should address for all stadiums and teams.

  13. It’s an absolute advantage. The heat killed the Bears pass rush. In a game where Chicago didn’t score in the first half, fumbled twice (once at the goal line), had a TD reversed on penalty and was intercepted the next play, and missed the game winning kick, they lost by a field goal in overtime as time expired.

    If the game was played on a neutral field, the Bears win by double digits.

  14. chickensalad43 says:
    October 20, 2018 at 10:32 am

    If the game was played on a neutral field, the Bears win by double digits.

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    Don’t worry, The Lions will actually get the job done this Sunday, unlike the bears!

  15. Over the course of a season, the Dolphins location is a net disadvantage, given the number of mild days in Miami and number of cold weather games they typically struggle with.

  16. It SHOULD be an advantage but it has not been one very much in the last 10-15 years or so. Miami has often had teams that fade in the 4th qtr due to exhaustion. Maybe the recent coaches have not prepared their teams in the heat as much as Shula did. The limited amount of practices and the Dolphins’ use of “the bubble” has lessened their advantage…and it shows. Hopefully Gase does more to exploit the heat advantage while he still can.

  17. “I’m looking forward to seeing the Dolphins travel to Buffalo in December.”

    Thats 1 of only 2 cold games we have left. The rest are all home games or in domes.

  18. “Not really because they can just wear warmer under-garments,”

    You ever play football in the winter time? Because its not like you can put winter gloves and boots on.

  19. “The cold is an advantage to nobody. There is no getting used to it or fighting through it.
    It sucks to the high heavens.”

    Sure. But ever wonder why Mainers show up to Florida in shorts while floridians going to Maine show up in coats?
    Because they aren’t acclimated to the weather as well as the locals.

  20. The lolphins would naturally think this while in a league whose most important game happen between December and February.

  21. pats have had a hard time winning down there but you NEVER hear beligoat make an excuse. southern teams have to go north in winter too. great football players perform in heat, cold and sissie domes. some qbs can only play in domes or fair weather, yea that former qb.

  22. Lions will struggle in the heat, Bears bench had a crew holding up tables to provide shade it was so hot last week. That will slow anyone down, not that the Lions don’t slow themselves down enough by shooting their own foot and 60 year consistent basis. The only way the Lions win this game is if Bad Brock shows up.

    28-17 Dolphins Victory

  23. This is nothing new. It can be down right hot in Miami until December, and the humidity is always up there. I know, I lived in Miami in the late ’60 and I worked outdoors at the airport. With climate change, it’s only gotten worse. It’s a home field advantage for the ‘Fins, Bucs, and Jags. Living in Florida, you learn how to deal with it, or you move. I’ve lived all across our country. Snow and cold is refreshing for about 2-3 days. Then it gets really old quick and I’m ready for a change. Freezing cold is freezing cold for both teams. I think teams coming down to Florida are at more at a disadvantage than Florida teams going north. You can put cold weather gear under your uniform to combat the cold, but there is not much you can do combat the heat and humidity. Advantage Florida teams.

  24. cletuspstillwaterjr says:

    Add to that The Dolphins wear white at home forcing the opponents to wear dark colors in the Florida sun.
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    Dark clothing doesn’t make you hotter, that’s a myth disproved by science. Bedouins living in the desert wear black robes.

  25. sukitspanos says:
    October 20, 2018 at 9:38 am
    I’m looking forward to seeing the Dolphins travel to Buffalo in December.
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    They did do that on Christmas Eve 2016 with a back up QB. Turned out pretty well.

  26. So why isn’t Miami undefeated at home since forever?

    Stupid.

    The team that executes will win.

    The End

  27. “That’s the biggest thing for us, we try to make it a four-quarter game and try to prove that we’re in the best shape possible to finish the game out the right way.”

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    That’s too bad. I’d prefer a coach that would want the game put away going into the 4th.

    Go Phins!
    Fins-Up!

  28. 26predator says:
    October 20, 2018 at 2:03 pm
    So why isn’t Miami undefeated at home since forever?

    Stupid.

    The team that executes will win.

    The End

    ___________________________

    It takes up to two (2) weeks to get acclimated to a climate you’re not used to, ask any military person that has deployed to the Middle East in the middle of winter. The Lions are at a disadvantage on top of already being the Lions, which is a disadvantage in itself. When we lose tomorrow, you will remember this when the whole team is gassed.

  29. 26predator says:
    October 20, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    So why isn’t Miami undefeated at home since forever?

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    Because it’s an advantage, not a given. Kinda like the snow in Buffalo when Miami visits them.

    Now do you get it?

    Go Phins!
    Fins-up!

  30. It takes up to two (2) weeks to get acclimated to a climate you’re not used to, ask any military person that has deployed to the Middle East in the middle of winter. The Lions are at a disadvantage on top of already being the Lions, which is a disadvantage in itself. When we lose tomorrow, you will remember this when the whole team is gassed.

    K.

    I’ll take my chances with Stafford. Thanks.

  31. I don’t think it’s fair. Teams are supposed to play on an even playing field. But when one team stands on the sideline is the shade and the other in the sun on a 90 degree day it’s an unfair advantage. When teams play in the snow or rain both sidelines are standing in the same conditions. This should be no different. It’s only fair. (Not to mention the danger of heat stroke).

  32. teddybear9 says:
    October 20, 2018 at 5:40 pm
    I don’t think it’s fair. Teams are supposed to play on an even playing field. But when one team stands on the sideline is the shade and the other in the sun on a 90 degree day it’s an unfair advantage. When teams play in the snow or rain both sidelines are standing in the same conditions. This should be no different. It’s only fair. (Not to mention the danger of heat stroke).

    What the NFL should do is stop the sun from moving across the sky at about 10am EDT so that both sidelines are covered in sunlight. Moron.

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