Big storm? Big deal

Tampa Bay Times - - Nfl - Con­tact Ed­uardo A. Encina at [email protected]­pabay.com.

Sun­day’s game has the po­ten­tial to be a messy one if the weather fore­cast is cor­rect.

The fore­cast calls for a 90 per­cent chance of rain, in­clud­ing some heavy storms slated for the morn­ing. Koet­ter said his team will be pre­pared to make ad­just­ments. “There’s plenty of peo­ple out there who think a wet field is an ad­van­tage (to the) of­fense just be­cause you know where

you’re go­ing and foot­ing,” Koet­ter said. “There’s wet, and there’s sloppy wet, and then there’s cold wet. There’s wet and windy.

“Let’s just see how it is. It’s not go­ing to be freez­ing cold. It’s go­ing to be in the 70s. They’re say­ing 10-15 (mph) wind. We’ve played in wet be­fore.”

While ball se­cu­rity should be a con­cern if it’s rain­ing dur­ing the game, and a sloppy field could po­ten­tially slow the Bucs’ down­field pass­ing game, Koet­ter said his main con­cern would be play­ers main­tain­ing their foot­ing.

To pre­pare for ad­verse con­di­tions, Saints coach Sean Pay­ton planned out a prac­tice this week specif­i­cally themed for bad weather that would in­clude wet-ball drills. When told about that level of prepa­ra­tion, Koet­ter sim­ply said, “Good for them.”

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