Besides the obvious advice about tendencies of Cleveland players both on offense and defense, Brian Russell has told the Seahawks that the field at Cleveland Browns Stadium tends to get a little soft and torn up. Not quite like the field at Wembley Stadium but certainly not firm. “They have longer grass that gets torn up real fast, it’s right on Lake Erie, so if there is moisture the field gets torn to shreds, so you end up wearing these long spikes that I’m wearing here, in fact that’s why I’m breaking them in, so little things like that might help, might help our kickers and stuff,” Russell said. “You don’t want to fall down against Braylon Edwards or Kellen Winslow, that’s and easy touchdown for them."
To that end, Matt Hasselbeck said the equipment managers are outfitting the players with removable spikes so that if they need longer spikes for more traction they can easily do that.
"You can wear different sizes of detached cleats,” Hasselbeck said. “Most guys, in bad weather, wear a 7- stud detachable cleat, you can wear ½ inch, 5/8 inch, and ¾ inch. I’m sure there’ll be some guys that are stubborn, it’s usually the fast guys, that won’t wear a detach, they’re just wear a molded cleat, I can guarantee they’ll be the ones falling down all game. Coach (Mike) Holmgren will talk about it, he’ll say ‘hey, wear detaches’ and he’ll probably recommend the 5/8, so we’ll see."