Every year when the Green Bay area gets its first round of snowfall, there are a new batch of rookies and first-year Packers who get their first taste of winter in Wisconsin.
With the forecast calling for anywhere from 10 to 15 inches of snow beginning Wednesday night and continuing throughout Thursday, this yearís baptism by snow could be particularly challenging.
For Packers coach Mike McCarthy, it all factors into game-planning and time management as the team prepares for Sundayís game against Tennessee and the holiday season hanging right around the corner.
ďMake sure you have a lot diesel for your snow thrower,Ē McCarthy quipped when asked about how he approaches snowstorms. ďItís funny for some of the guys getting ready to go through it for the first time, they said, ĎDonít worry, I have a truck.í Well youíre going to need more than a truck.Ē
All kidding aside, the coaching staff sat down with the players on Wednesday and outlined what approach to take in getting to practice on Thursday, especially many of the rookies who havenít dealt with snowy conditions before.
Even some of the veterans who have, like second-year wide receiver Randall Cobb, arenít exactly thrilled with the pending storm.
"Actually, Iím not,Ē said Cobb with a smile when asked if heís ready for snow. ďI donít like cold weather. I donít like snow, but weíll find a way to make it here on time.Ē
First-year running back DuJuan Harris grew up in Brooksville, Fla., and said the coolest temperatures heís ever played in was in the 20s during a college bowl game, but heís never really seen snow before.
ďIím thinking just stay inside,Ē said the 5-foot-8 Harris with a smile. ďIíve never seen so much snow, but itís going to be something new to me. Iíll come outside and itíll probably come up to my waist. Iím not sure how itíll be.Ē
Packers rookie cornerback Casey Hayward said his usual commute to Lambeau Field is about 10 minutes, but heís planning to give himself an extra 30 to get to work on time after talking with the coaching staff on Wednesday.
ďIíve never driven in snow. Iím going to try to be real patient,Ē Hayward said. ďI definitely have four-wheel drive.
ďI got me a truck.Ē