August 17, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Travaris Cadet (39) celebrates with fans after scoring a fourth quarter touchdown during their preseason football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-US PRESSWIRE
During a practice week before a road game teams will simulate crowd noise to prepare for going on the road and facing a loud crowd, which is what the Kansas City Chiefs are doing this week. But instead of a simulated crowd noise, they're playing some loud music.
"Today we had a little actual music rather than just crowd noise," Cassel said, via comments sent out by the Chiefs, "so that was good. It actually increased the intensity at practice a little bit, considering that normally it's just a bunch of yelling and screaming. You actually get to listen to a little song and guys get excited about that."
"I think that was to get it as loud as possible because we couldn't hear Matt [Cassel], which is good because I've played in the Superdome many times and you can't hear anybody in there," Winston said. "That's the way it's going to be. I think that's good for us. We need to have as much crowd noise and as much confusion out there as possible because that's the road in the NFL. It's tough to win on the road. There's a reason it's tough to win on the road."
The Supedome is looooud. Can't say I've ever personally experienced it but I have seen how those New Orleans folks party -- I survived my bachelor party there a couple months ago -- so I'd guess they won't have any hesitation turning it up a notch on game day, as Winston notes below.
"The Superdome is probably one of the hardest places to get a win on the road because of that, because of the noise, because of the craziness, the songs, the dancing that's going on. Everything that's great about New Orleans also makes it tough for us to play in there, so I'm happy about it. I want practice to be crazy and as cluttered as possible because there's going to be some points in the game where it might be like that and we're going to have to right the ship and get a five-yard gain and get back on track."
So Eric Winston is pretty much the best Chief in the media, right? I love his answers.
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