Patriots complain about cool temps

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:37 AM ET

The New England Patriots may come from the great white northeast, but they sounded like softies over the frigid conditions they are facing in north Florida.

The defending Super Bowl champs had a two-hour workout here at Bartram Trail High School yesterday and to hear coach Bill Belichick tell it, they may as well have been back in Foxboro.

"We were kind of out there on an ice rink," said Belichick, who is 8-1 in the post-season in his career.

"It's slick. We're not even going full speed and guys are slipping and falling all over the place."

Both the Patriots and Eagles practised outdoors wearing heavy sweaters with some players donning gloves. Temperatures were mired in the low forties fahrenheit with no sign of climbing much higher until the weekend.

Whether it's gamesmanship or coaching strategy, Belichick is getting a reputation for being difficult during Bowl week. Last year in Houston, he griped about the crown on the college field his team used and convinced the NFL to find a new facility.

"Hopefully things will be better out there (today)," Belichick said.

Belichick said he kept linebacker Ted Johnson out of the practice because of a "tightness" in his leg.

"After I saw the field, there was no way I was going to put him out there today -- throw him out there when everyone was slipping and sliding around," Belichick said.


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