The St. Louis Rams of the late 90s and early 00s were The Greatest Show on Turf. They amassed massive chunks of yardage thanks to an air attack helped greatly by their ability to play all their home games inside a dome. Coupled with the various other domed stadiums around the league, it wasn’t all that often the team had to play outdoors, and perhaps that was a factor in helping them go to two Super Bowls and win one.

At the helm of that offense was Kurt Warner, who went on to also take the Arizona Cardinals (playing in a stadium with a retractable roof) to the Super Bowl. So he knows a thing or two about how to succeed in the NFL Playoffs. And it turns out that the key to victory for Kurt wasn’t his arm or great receivers or a sturdy offensive line. It was…nice weather?

The Buffalo Bills defeated the Baltimore Ravens 17-3 on Saturday to advance to the AFC Championship in a game marked by windy conditions common to Western New York this time of year. Warner, appearing in-studio on the NFL Network, had a stormy take of his own ready to go, saying that he wished the game could have been played indoors and that he’d prefer it if NFL playoffs games never had to deal with the weather at all.

“Can we just play every playoff game inside?” Warner said as everyone else on the panel groaned. “Here’s what I don’t like. I don’t like it when we come to the biggest moments of the season, the biggest moments of our career, and now the elements become a part of the mix. I want the best team to be able to advance and all the elements to be the exact same for every team.”

Okay, so, on paper, it’s understandable what Warner is trying to say here. That the playing field should be as level as possible and that the talent on the field should determine the outcome.

However…when is that EVER the case? Every NFL game involves outside stimuli and conditions that affect the outcome. There are a million factors that can influence the outcome of a game in tiny or large ways and the weather is just one of them. You could even make the case that a team that plays in hot weather has an advantage over a team that plays in cold weather if it’s 80 degrees out, but no one would complain about those conditions. To say nothing of stadiums like Lumen Field (formerly CenturyLink Field) where fan noise can impact play calls. Would Warner like to eliminate crowd noise to level the playing field while he’s at it?

Weather conditions and their impact on the game also have a long and storied history in the NFL. The Ice Bowl. The frozen tundra of Lambeau Field. The Tuck Rule game. Some of the craziest weather conditions have also created some of the most memorable playoff moments in league history. Whether you think it’s fair or not, that’s part of playing outdoors in January. And if your team isn’t prepared to win under those conditions then you probably didn’t deserve to, wherever you’re from.

As you can imagine, Warner’s take, which includes an implication that the better team lost, did not go over very well, especially with Buffalo fans.

Warner certainly heard about it on social media so he took to Twitter to defend his comments, though he remained fairly defensive the whole time.

Whatever he meant, just don’t expect to see Kurt Warner welcomed into any Bills Mafia tailgating table jumps anytime soon.


About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to