Ravens prepare for West Coast time change

Ravens prepare for West Coast time change
November 21, 2012, 5:45 pm
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One of the fun parts of life in professional sports is the way teams need to adjust to the different time zones and how it affects their bodies. The Raiders had this two weeks ago when they played a 1 p.m. game in Baltimore.

That's a 10 a.m. start on the West Coast, and something their bodies are used to. The Ravens are in a situation that's a little like that this week when they go to San Diego for a 4:25 p.m. ET game-- 1:25 in California. Time changes affect players and people in different ways.

Throw that in with this week being Thanksgiving, and coach John Harbaugh said they are looking at this as kind of a short week. 

"There will be a little bit of a time crunch there, because we’re leaving early, because we’ll have a shortened day on Thursday with Thanksgiving to give the guys a chance to be with their families," Harbaugh said. "So, we’re going to have to pack a little more work into a little less time, and then we’re going to have to adjust for the time change."

Harbaugh said the Ravens actually have checked into how time affects the players' bodies and things like that, and to that end, they are changing some things around to smooth the adjustment during this week.

"We’ve actually studied it throughout the offseason," Harbaugh said. "Our doctors here have looked very heavily into the different studies on body clocks and things like that. So, we’re going to move some of our practices back later on Wednesday and Friday and try to get our guys adjusted to West Coast time.”

Teams have to adjust fast both going out and coming back in the NFL, and the Ravens are trying to make it as easy as possible.