The Arizona Cardinals are receiving advice from an unlikely source on how to deal with expected slippery field conditions for Sunday’s NFC title game at the Carolina Panthers.
The Seattle Seahawks, rivals of the Cardinals in the NFC West, shared tips with Arizona’s equipment staff after a number of their players had trouble with their footing in last weekend’s 31-24 loss to the Panthers.
The message from Seattle, which was posted in the Cardinals locker room, was simple: Wear the correct shoes.
While the re-sodded field was a topic of conversation both throughout and after Sunday’s game between Carolina and Seattle, Arizona coach Bruce Arians didn’t seem overly concerned by the issue.
“I don’t care if we’re playing in a parking lot. It’s the championship,” Arians told reporters. “Be aware of (the field conditions) and have the proper shoes."
Cardinals cornerback Jerraud Powers also downplayed the impact of the field conditions, noting that Arizona played at Carolina in the playoffs a year ago under similar conditions. Of course, Arizona was held to an NFL playoff record-low 78 total yards in that game, but that came with third-string quarterback Ryan Lindley running the team..
“It was wet, a soft field," Powers said. "We had to face the same thing and that was a close game until the end of the fourth quarter as well. So, the conditions aren’t going to play a part on who wins or not. It’s something we’re definitely not even worried about. They’ve got to play in it just like we do.”