MIKE O'HARA

MONDAY COUNTDOWN: Is there a potential impact due to Ndamukong Suh changing agents?

Posted Jan 27, 2014

Mike O'Hara takes a look at Suh changing agents, what Jim Schwartz getting another job means and a look ahead to Sunday's chilly Super Bowl

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According to the archives, it was eight degrees the day the 49ers beat the Bengals in Super Bowl XVI at the Pontiac Silverdome and 30 degrees when the Steelers beat the Seahawks in Super Bowl XL at Ford Field in downtown Detroit.

On both days -- and for Super Bowl XXVI at the Metrodome in Minneapolis -- the northern Super Bowl was impacted by weather, which is relevant years later because Super Bowl XLVIII is being played outdoors on Sunday at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

Part of this week's Monday Countdown focuses on weather because of Metro Detroit's place in history for being the site that brought the Super Bowl in from the cold. Commissioner Roger Goodell has done the opposite for pushing to stage America's premier sports event outdoors at a northern site in winter.

There's also another look at the potential impact of Ndamukong Suh changing agents, what it means that Jim Schwartz already has landed another job and a look at how Seahawks' cornerback Richard Sherman has become such a media phenomenon that CNN was promoting an in-depth analysis of him on Sunday.

We start with the weather, and how Detroit survived it twice:

1. Countdown: at 2:28 p.m., the weather.com website showed that the temperature in Detroit was 14 degrees. And right below the tabs for tomorrow, weekend, 5-day and 10-day forecasts was a tab for "Super Bowl."

Presto! The countdown clock to Super Bowl XLVIII was at 7 days, 9 hours, 27 minutes and 23 seconds – with a forecast for game day of a light wintry mix, high temperature of 21 degrees and 50-percent chance of precipitation.

Oh, and a waxing crescent moon.

Our nation turns its lonely eyes to the weather in New York/New Jersey.

2. Super Bowl XVI: Detroit took a media hit the week of the game, and not only because of the weather. One national columnist referred to Detroit as Gdansk. Another called the setting the "Frozen Tundra," but with none of the charm when that phrase is used in connection with Green Bay.

Metro Detroit was the first northern site in Super Bowl history, and that's fine for the Stanley Cup, Final Four, World Series and Iditarod. But the Super Bowl is sacred, and people didn't want to travel north, much less to Detroit.

On game day, traffic schussing to the the Silverdome was snarled by a combination of icy roads, traffic control and security for then-Vice President George H.W. Bush's motorcade.

But inside the domed stadium, it was 72 degrees. The 49ers won, 26-21, and the elements had no impact on the game.

3. Super Bowl XL: It had a different problem. Lack of snow during the week forced cancellation of some events at a winter festival downtown. Considering how much can go wrong at a Super Bowl – and very little did at Super Bowl XL because of immaculate planning and execution by its organizers – that was a minor inconvenience.

It was 68 inside Ford Field, and the weather had no impact on either quarterback. They were both lousy. Matt Hasselbeck completed 26 of 49 passes for the Seahawks in a 21-10 loss. He had a crucial interception.

The Steelers' Ben Roethlisbserger had the worst game in history for a winning Super Bowl quarterback. He completed 9 of 21 passes for 123 yards with no TDs, two interceptions and a passer rating of 22.6.

His passer rating was lower than the temperature.

4. Super Bowl XXVI: The Twin Cities used the annual St. Paul Winter Carnival as the backdrop for their game. It was 26 with a wind chill of 4 on game day – and 73 inside the Metrdome for Washington's 37-24 win.

5. The Big Risk: Sunday's New York Daily News detailed a 48-hour countdown for when decisions have to be made to change the Super Bowl start time based on advanced warning of bad weather.

The Daily News used timelines of 48, 36 and 24 hours, and the projections for moving the kickoff ranged from moving it ahead to Saturday or back to Monday and keeping it Sunday but with kickoff earlier or later.

There won't be an easy decision if it comes to a move in start time, and there is more at stake than the 120 million or so who'll watch on TV no matter the day or time of kickoff.

The 80,000 fans, many of whom have travelled a long distance and shelled out big bucks for tickets, hotel rooms and airline tickets, will be inconvenienced. Dealing with traffic control, airline schedules and the crunch for hotel rooms if fans have to stay over an extra day would create a logistical nightmare.

Goodell has to hope for a snowball's chance in New Jersey that everything goes off on schedule, and with no impact on the game.

6. Suh negotiations: One way to interpret Suh's change of agents could be that he wants to make a deal. Suh is going into the last year of the five-year deal he signed in 2010 when the Lions drafted him.

Suh has notified Rosey Barnes that he is parting ways, and all signs point to Suh lining up with entertainment mogul Jay-Z. From Suh's perspective, if he wasn't intent on muscling up for hard negotiations to land a new contract there'd be no reason to change agents.

7. Schwartz moving: It took Schwartz only 25 days after he was fired as head coach of the Lions to land another job. On Friday, he was hired as defensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills.

Exact terms of his deal with the Lions were never made public, but Schwartz could have sat idly on a pile of money. Numerous reports have pegged it in the neighborhood of $12 million over two years.

The fact that Schwartz took another job so soon indicates he wants to coach – the same as recent predecessors Rod Marinelli, Marty Mornhinweg, Gary Moeller and Dick Jauron did after being full-time or interim head coach of the Lions.

Jauron became head coach of the Bills. The others all went on to be position coaches or coordinators – or both.

8. Sherman switch: His emotional rant minutes after the Seahawks' victory over the 49ers cast him in the eyes of many as part of the lowest element of sports. However, the media spin turned quickly to reveal Sherman's true side – a bright young man who graduated from Stanford who has a tendency to show his emotions on the football field.

Incidentally, he's an elite cornerback – and a sports marketer's dream.

On Sunday, CNN had blurb promoting a one-hour special on Sherman Monday night, hosted by Piers Morgan.