Knox highlights current Carolina Panther, D.J. Moore, as a target. The trade package laid out has the Bengals moving back to the 8th overall pick and giving up an additional mid-round pick in exchange for the electric receiver and the 5th overall selection.
“Carolina Panthers wideout Cheap D.J. Moore Jersey-who has topped 1,100 yards in each of the last two seasons-has shown himself to be a No. 1 target… Burrow would have a No. 1 receiver and an improved offensive line.”
While such a move seems out of character for the Bengals’ front office, it’s an idea worth discussing.
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For as good as Cincinnati’s offense looked at times with Burrow at the helm, it was clear that the unit was still missing two major components: Reliable offensive linemen and speed at receiver. The trade suggestion above addresses both.
Toner’s a Buffalo guy, so any discussion of cold weather will always be conditional for him. But the NFC Championship Game after the 1996 season was a different kind of cold, and it became another advantage for the Packers that night. Not as much of an advantage as being better at football than the second-year Panthers, who were in over their heads in many ways, but it was definitely a factor.
“It was the coldest day in the history of the world,” Panthers executive director of football staff Cheap Mark Carrier Jersey said.
He laughed afterward, but it was clear in the way he said it nearly 24 years later that it didn’t qualify as hyperbole in the moment.
When they kicked off the afternoon of Jan. 12, 1997, it was a crisp 3 degrees Fahrenheit. Don’t even get me started about Celsius, that just makes it feel colder, and no one needed any help with that on that day.
Carrier, then one of the team’s starting wide receivers, knew a little bit about being uncomfortable.
Not growing up, no; he was from a normal place (Louisiana), and then was fortunate enough to get drafted by Tampa Bay. That meant annual trips to Green Bay and Chicago as part of the old NFC Central, but at least he was a visitor, and the games in Detroit and Minnesota were inside. Signing with Cleveland as a free agent in 1993 made it his way of life, so coming to the expansion Panthers in 1995 got him back to his preferred climate.
As a guy who catches flying things and then tries to run away from people for a living, it turns out that having control of your extremities helped.
“The biggest thing was just trying to feel your fingers and your toes,” Carrier said, adding that it wasn’t nearly as simple as it sounded.
Carrier was like many players, who tried a number of methods to keep his precious hands and feet warm. Glove technology wasn’t what it is today, so many guys didn’t wear them. But everyone wore socks. Lots of socks. And then more socks. Insulated socks with heating inserts. Plastic bags over the first pair of socks, then more socks, in hopes of keeping the first pair dry (even if that did create a bit of a foot terrarium when you began to sweat).
The veteran wideout even went to the extreme of sprinkling cayenne pepper on his feet, hoping for a chemical reaction.
“That didn’t really kick in until after the game,” Carrier said with a laugh. “All I know is for three hours or however long the plane ride home was, my toes were on fire.”
Still, when he went out for warmups, he tried to minimize the conditions.
“I mean, it was a big game, and we were all so pumped, so hyped to be there in our second year,” Carrier recalled. “I said, ‘You know what, I’ll show them.’ So I get ready for pre-game warmups, and I’m going to go out there with no sleeves on, show off the guns, show them it wasn’t going to bother me.
“When I ran out of the tunnel and onto the field, I made it to about the 20-yard line and said, ‘Nope.'”
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Carrier was like a lot of players, who tried to convince themselves it wasn’t actually that cold.
Hall of Fame outside linebacker Cheap Kevin Greene Jersey had a different plan. He simply refused to acknowledge it.
“I tried to never let playing in the cold bother me,” Greene said. “Playing in the brutal cold weather is a mindset. If you let your mind think you’re freezing, then you’ll freeze. You just have to turn the channel and move on to the next thing.”
Even among traditional football guys, Greene’s old school.
Before coming to the Panthers before the 1996 season, he worked for the Steelers, and playing cold-weather games — especially in the playoffs — was part of the ethos in Pittsburgh, so he embraced it.
That does not, however, confer immunity.
Greene laughed and said in the late stages of the NFC Championship Game, it began to dawn on him that he had been shivering for the last three hours.
“When Brett Favre starts kneeling to run out the clock, and the crowd’s going nuts, that’s when you realize it,” Greene said. “That’s when you say to yourself, ‘Man, it’s freaking unbelievably brutal cold, and I’m ready to get the heck out of here.'”
While Greene might not have let it bother him, it did a number on enough of his teammates that it was a clear edge for the Packers. Greene went on to coach in Green Bay for five years, and said they could spot when the weather conditions were in the heads of opponents.
“You could see the guys who weren’t ready for it, guys who were trying to play all bundled up, they were fighting it,” Greene said. “I mean, you can’t put enough clothes on to actually be warm when it gets like that.
“And the more gear you put on, the more it becomes a detriment to your play, it slows you down, and restricts your movement. That’s why you can’t let it be the biggest factor.”
It might have gotten to some of his teammates that day.
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Packers defensive tackle Santana Dotson told longtime Packers reporter Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal that they could see it in the Panthers’ eyes at a certain point.
“I remember early in the third quarter, it was just a typical lead or dive up the middle. I remember splitting a double-team and hitting (Panthers running back) Cheap Anthony Johnson Jersey right in the facemask — so hard it unbuckled his chinstrap and one of my gloves flew about 10 yards in the air,” Dotson said. “After that collision, you could tell in Anthony’s eyes that he felt like it was too cold for him to play that physical. That was the end of their running game.”
Robbins said that even some of the Panthers’ most physical players were reduced by the conditions, and that when they raced back to the sidelines, they made it clear.
“Listen, (outside linebacker) Cheap Lamar Lathon Jersey was a tough guy,” Robbins said. “But he was one of the guys I remember being most vocal about it. It got to a point where when he came off the field, he was very religiously saying: ‘It. Is. Too. Cold. To. Be. Playing. Football.'”