Two weeks ago, the Philadelphia Eagles slipped and slid and skidded all over the turf at Soldier Field, to the delight of the team that plays there eight times per year.
So with the league’s most efficient, quick-strike offense coming to town on Sunday, why is Bears quarterback Jay Cutler complaining about the quality of the turf at Soldier Field?
“The turf is what it is,” Cutler said Wednesday, per the Chicago Tribune. “With our speed, we would like to get something a little bit tighter, but we probably have one of the worst fields in the league at this point. We did last year, as well. We’ve got to deal with it, and our guys know it. They are aware of how to cut and how to move on it. So we’ve just got to go out there and play.”
Right, and don’t complain about it. It’s part of the home-field advantage, especially when playing a team like the Patriots.
Cutler seems to realize this. He said that he hears “a lot of stuff [from opposing players] after the game and during pre-game about what cleats to wear . . . exactly how torn up [Soldier Field] is. There’s usually a [high school] game the day before. It’s a shame.”
Here’s the shame — that Cutler doesn’t realize this is a good thing for his team. With all due respect (which means, “here comes the insult”), how did this guy get in to Vanderbilt?