It was good to get the win in Oakland last weekend. Of course each game is important, but winning on the road is always particularly satisfying.
The fans and the overall atmosphere were about what we'd expected them to be. It was crazy out there with everybody dressed up in black and silver. The noise level was pretty high as you'd imagine it would be, but nothing that was too distracting. You learn to tune that kind of thing out pretty fast and just concentrate on football.
We've got another road trip coming up right away when we go to Seattle this weekend. I don't mind traveling particularly, but I do have to say that your muscles can get a little tight when you are sitting on a long flight right after you've had a game. Some of the guys are able to sleep on the plane. Sometimes I can and sometimes I can't, but I do try to get as much rest as possible.
We generally try to stick to our usual routine when we go into another time zone, doing everything we can on our normal Halas Hall schedule. Jetlag usually isn't an immediate problem for me. Sometimes going east to west is easier. Sometimes west to east helps me adjust quicker. When the time change always catches up with me is a day or two after I'm back home. That's annoying but something I've learned to cope with.
At NIU, we had a stretch of three away games in a row. It's surprising how quickly you acclimate to being on the road to the point where it isn't that much different from playing at home. Of course, you always miss your hometown fans when you are in somebody else's stadium.
I think it will be a good game this weekend. We're working on the game plan right now. I've been asked if I watch the teams that we are going to play when they are on night broadcasts. Sometimes I do and sometimes I don't. I did catch a little of Seattle's last game, but as far as gaining insight into what I'd have to do against them, the game films we study here are much more useful.
RB Garrett Wolfe
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Another question I've had recently was about the playbook. Does it change dramatically every week, and if so, was that also true of the game plan in college? The game plan book that we receive here with the Bears is very complex. You'd probably be surprised at the number of pages in it and the complexity that it contains. It's almost like a college course packed into just a few days.
Yes, our game plan changes from week to week. There are some basic aspects of course, but there are also things that must be altered to opponents' strengths and weaknesses.
In college, the game book was a lot smaller and it was also considerably simpler. It didn't change quite so completely from week to week. That is because football wasn't our only occupation. We also had a full load of classes, so there simply wasn't the time to spend learning a completely new approach each week.
One thing that I am excited about is that I've been asked to go along on the Bears' postseason trip. This will be a trip to Mexico toward the end of February. I always have enjoyed interacting with the fans, so this promises to be a lot of fun. And also there's the tropical aspect. Where would I rather be in February, struggling through the snowdrifts in -10 wind chill or lying out on a sunny beach? That's an easy decision.
I'm not sure of the exact schedule for that event yet. But I think it includes autograph opportunities, probably some things we do together with the fans, and that kind of thing. I'm really looking forward to it.
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