49ers and Cardinals take different approaches to Mexico City prep


AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colorado – The 49ers traveled to Colorado Springs to arrange for the 7,200-foot elevation in Mexico Metropolis.

The Arizona Cardinals are utilizing much less immersive prep strategies.

The 49ers are holding their Week 11 practices on the Air Drive Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, which is 6,788 toes above sea stage. The membership arrived on Tuesday for a day without work and could have three coaching periods on the Academy earlier than touring to Mexico Metropolis on Sunday forward of the divisional competitors on Monday night time.

The Cardinals selected to remain at their staff’s Tempe, Arizona, facility till they traveled south for his or her primetime showdown. Cardinals cornerback Antonio Hamilton, who performed at Azteca Stadium in 2016 as a member of the Oakland Raiders, informed native media how they had been making ready.

“We’re following the method,” mentioned Hamilton. “We did some little issues like driving (stationary) bikes with the lifting masks. You may attempt to put together for it, however you actually cannot.

“We all know it’s a must to go in there and be locked in and management the surroundings. In the event you go there (on protection) three performs, on and off the sphere, you do not have to fret about altitude.”

The Cardinals might not be getting essentially the most constant altitude coaching, however they’re experiencing climate a lot nearer to the temperatures of their 70-degree Mexican vacation spot.

On the Air Drive academy, 49ers gamers, together with Deebo Samuel and Ray-Ray McCloud, had been having problem catching passes in subzero temperatures. The snowy situations had been making footballs troublesome to catch.

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The membership skilled gentle squalls of snow and temperatures within the mid 20s throughout Thursday’s apply, getting more and more colder on Friday with a excessive of 20C.

The Academy has indoor services that the 49ers can make the most of if situations turn into so excessive that they restrict their productiveness, however for now, they’re practising within the parts.

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