One of the bigger changes teams go through in preparation for the Super Bowl is living, working and training away from their own facility. Most everything outside of practice –- film study, meetings –- is done at a hotel. Arizona may be making its first trip to the Super Bowl, but it isn’t unfamiliar with dealing with an extended road stay.
Following their 24-17 loss to the Redskins early in the season, the Cardinals stayed on the East Coast that week to prepare for their game with the New York Jets. Arizona got blown out 56-35, but the experience of being away from home for a week could pay dividends.
“When you’re in your own facility, it’s easy because you get on a schedule, you know when you’re going to study this tape and look at this film, what you’re going to do with your time, as far as budgeting, said Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt. “When you’re on the road, when you go to an off-site facility, everything changes. We have a good idea of what works for us and basically, based on the outcome of that [Jets] game, what doesn’t work for us. This week is a lot about distraction and this is one distraction that we’re not faced with for the first time.”