Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith doesn't see much difference between playing an NFL road game in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and playing a road game in London, England. At least, that's the way Smith has approached this weekend's annual overseas NFL matchup, based on comments reported by SoccerNews.com.
While Smith's opposite number, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris, brought his squad overseas on Monday to give the players time to get over any jetlag or culture shock, Smith took the polar opposite approach.
“For us I felt it was important to have a regular work week in Chicago, same dressing room, meeting room in surroundings that we know,” he said.When the Buccaneers last played in London in 2009, they arrived on a Friday; that Sunday they lost 35-7 to the New England Patriots. Some people placed part of the blame for that loss on fatigue and jetlag; apparently Lovie Smith doesn't agree.
“That’s what we did. We have plenty of time before we play. We’ll be rested and ready to go. The best football team will win the game. It’s as simple as that.”