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Huge contrast in Broncos, Niners London schedules

Posted on: October 29, 2010 12:01 am
Posted by Andy Benoit

Something interesting from the Broncos-49ers matchup in London this week: the two teams opted for vastly different travel schedules. The 49ers flew across the pond on Monday and, for the most part, went about their usual weekly schedule over there. Alex Smith had an MRI on his shoulder on Monday at a London hospital. The players had their usual day off on Tuesday.

The Broncos, on the other hand, did not head to London until Thursday. They spent three days practicing in Denver this week. “We’re telling (the players) to sleep on the plane as much as possible and we’re going to try to aid that in any way that we can,” Josh McDaniels said, according to “Once we’re there, we’re trying to treat it like a normal Friday. We’re not going to have them sleeping until noon or 1 p.m. -- that would be probably the worst thing we can do to try to get acclimated for Sunday. Once we’re there, there’s no time (to sleep), there’s no choice. We’re going to go meet and go walk-through and then come back and then we have a curfew (Friday) night.”

It’s surprising to see such wildly different approaches. San Francisco is in the Pacific Time Zone, which is eight hours behind London. Denver, in the little-known Mountain Time Zone, is seven hours behind London. Thus, the 49ers are guaranteed to have their biological clocks fully functioning on British time come Sunday. The Broncos are hoping their biological clocks will be fine. But at least they will have had three days’ worth of practice at their own facilities.

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Posted on: October 29, 2010 7:36 am

Huge contrast in Broncos, Niners London schedules

Denver will not lose this game....

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: October 29, 2010 2:42 am

Huge contrast in Broncos, Niners London schedules

Seems like an unnecessary gamble by McDaniels.  I bet if Denver loses (especially via blowout), this decision is going to get a lot of play.

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