A couple of things are at play here. First, Coach Whisenhunt was trying to cut down on the cross-time-zone travel to help keep his team fresh. It also gives his team a chance to bond a little more. Third, he's experimenting with doing things differently, testing and trying various strategies and techniques to revive a franchise that's struggled for a long time.
In his words:
"It's well noted whenever you travel across the country and you change time zones, that it has an effect on your body. And this is a physical game. We're trying to be a better road team, and last year we weren't that good, and hopefully this is just something that will give us a better chance."
In theory, it's a good idea that shows Coach Whisenhunt is trying to be creative. The problem is that these are pros -- men who've just recently come off of the long grind of training camp and who have families. Going on a two-week business trip -- for anyone -- is tough.
According to Redskins coach Jim Zorn, who played and coached in Seattle for more than a decade, "There were times when we would come out on a Friday and we'd lose. [Then we'd] come out on a Saturday and we'd lose. And then we'd come out on a Friday and we'd win, and we'd come out on a Saturday and we'd win. So you realize there's no magic formula."
The Cards, by the way, lost both games.