Bills head coach Chan Gailey, who will be keeping his team out west after this Sunday’s San Francisco game, to avoid a pair of cross country round trip flights with Buffalo’s next game at Arizona, consulted 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh about the benefits of such a decision after he successfully pulled it off in 2011.
“San Francisco’s done it the last couple of years,” said Gailey. “I talked with Harbaugh, and he thought there were some real positives in not making your team fly back and forth, putting them on a plane for five or six hours, both ways, and adjusting to the time change twice during the course of a year. So that was the decision. I’ve never done this, to be honest with you, but it made a little bit of sense to me, to not put your players through that. It’s better for the players, and that’s why you’re doing it.”
“The amount of travel time is reduced,” said 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh. “I’ve done it twice and I don’t know how much it helps. When you do it as soon as the first game is over and you’re staying over somewhere, you don’t really feel the benefit until the next Friday or Saturday when you’re not making a five or six-hour flight.”
Knowing that the Bills face Arizona the week after they play his 49ers, Harbaugh is hoping the Bills travel plans are beneficial for them when they face the Cardinals with the 49ers chasing the currently undefeated Arizona club.
“I certainly hope it works out for them on the second leg,” Harbaugh said chuckling. “I think one thing that’s really important is that your team enjoys each other’s company. The team has to enjoy being around each other. It’s like a second training camp in a way. You’re in a hotel, practicing and you’re on the road and there’s more time to spend with each other. So there’s a benefit there if your team likes being around each other.”
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