Ex-NFL player Sebastian Vollmer warns of the pitfalls of an extended halftime break in the Super Bowl.
“What many teams miss is that you have to train at halftime,” Vollmer told the Watson news portal.
The break in the NFL final between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday (kickoff: Monday/00:30 a.m. CET time) is 30 minutes, almost twice as long as in normal games.
Depending on the course of the game, Vollmer estimated that a player could not be on the field for between 45 minutes and an hour. The biggest problem is “to mentally and physically restart the body,” he explained. In preparation for the extended break, his old team, the New England Patriots, blew a whistle after an hour and a half of practice. “Then we had to sit down for an hour and do nothing but drink something and somehow keep warm.” This was the decisive advantage to turn the 3:28 half-time deficit in the final against the Atlanta Falcons in 2016.
During his time with the Patriots between 2009 and 2016, the 37-year-old made three Super Bowl appearances. Twice he left the field as the winner. He doesn’t believe that the LA Rams in particular are under pressure before the game at home. “Once you’re on the pitch, it doesn’t matter. You’re doing what you’ve been doing and loving since you were a child. Sometimes you don’t even realize you’re in the Super Bowl.”