Army-Navy game could leave FedEx Field in bad shape on Sunday

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On Saturday, FedExField provided the location for the annual Army-Navy game.  On Sunday, a team named for the original defenders of the homeland will play a team named for the folks from whom our forefathers wrested it.

But when the Redskins host the Patriots on Sunday, there’s a chance the grass field won’t be in ideal condition.

Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post points out that, eight days after Notre Dame and Maryland played there in November, the field was in “poor” condition when the Redskins hosted the Cowboys.

This time, the grounds crew has fewer than 24 hours.

“I’m not sure how much time there is” to get the field ready, coach Mike Shanahan said Friday.  “We’re just keeping our fingers crossed.”

Of course, the question becomes whether the Redskins are crossing their fingers for good field conditions or bad ones.  The Patriots clearly have the superior offensive team, and so a sloppy field would benefit the Redskins by equalizing the talent gap.

It could be one of the intriguing subplots for Sunday’s game, especially if any bad footing disrupts the Pats’ high-octane offense.

27 responses to “Army-Navy game could leave FedEx Field in bad shape on Sunday

  1. I for one am scared

    I remember a guy named Welker going down cuz of bad field conditions in a game we didn’t need.

    Wasn’t there a story just like this where someone said they didn’t like the texans field prior to the game?

    Bill…we don’t need this game..the rest of the regular season is purely for show.

    Don’t let anyone get hurt.

  2. Notre Dame hosting Maryland was a grinding game. Notre Dame quietly had a great D (but for DL re: injury). Game was a mudder.

    Nobody ever thinks to change cleats at half time at FedEx following wet days in DMV. So very duh.

  3. I disagree. Bad field conditions help the offense, not hurt it. Defenses have to react. The soft turf will slow reaction times. The game may not be ‘as fast’, but new England should still be able to dictate tempo and move the ball.

  4. It was the ONLY FBS game played this week, too. Surely many more available fields for Army-Navy.

    And considering this is a premier/unique game, NFL scheduling should have known this game was going to be played a day before a home Redskins game.

    As a Pats fan, rather take a loss and the #2 seed than see any injuries from this.

  5. Welker got hurt on AstroTurf. Heinz Field is normally in much worse shape; High School on Fridays, Pitt on Saturdays, Steelers on Sundays.

  6. While a skins fan, and I have been VERY critical of Snyder, this is not on him. This deal was put in place years ago. Why did the NFL schedule a home game for the day after? The Cowboys had a deal for the Big 12 Champ (oops)game and they were away last week. It is not that hard to schedule around 5 year old commitments.

  7. Maybe the Redskins could forefit. Much less embarrassing that what is going to actually happen. Or they could move the game to Foxboro on Monday night.

    And we could just pretend the Rams/Seahawks game really was played. Since no one alive wants to see that crap.

  8. @cmr73

    Bad field conditions is a pretty broad term. There was a Dolphins/Steelers game a few years ago with horrible field conditions, and the final score was 3-0. I get your point, but I think there is a point where a field can be so bad that makes moving the football extremely difficult.

    Whose bright idea was this anyway? We have two teams share a stadium without any problems, but there are two games within 24 hours of each other.

  9. Oh no, they nay fall down and go boom, Who cares, what if is it was bad weather, it is a non story once again !!! come on people – these guys are pulling your good if all the time,,,,,, Let theses clows be in the army or navy and see what is real..

  10. I know people want to be blame this on Snyder’s money grubbing ways but I remember a time when the Pats intentionally left their field unprotected during a snowstorm just so they could slow down the Colts. If Snyder knew the field would be f’ed up and still scheduled the Army-Navy game, good for him. Like people said then about the Patriots, it’s up to the home team to decide how to treat the field (i.e. home field advantage all the way).

  11. this field and the stadium are a dump! and snyder wants to make this a tradition for army/navy to play there??? might as well, the redskins dont play much football there!!!

  12. Army-Navy at Landover (which, contrary to media reports, is not in DC) has been on the books for years. The substandard grass field at the Raljon stadium has been a problem since 1997. Maryland is prone to heavy precipitation in early December .

    What were the geniuses who prepare NFL schedules thinking?

  13. Maybe, just maybe ‘The Danny’ should stop going cheap and install a real football field. even NAvy’s outdoor stadium (which only seats 35,000 tops has a 1st class artificial turf field that doesn’t get ‘torn up’ when people play on it. The redskins need to move into the 21st Century.

  14. tundey says:
    Dec 11, 2011 4:44 AM
    I know people want to be blame this on Snyder’s money grubbing ways but I remember a time when the Pats intentionally left their field unprotected during a snowstorm just so they could slow down the Colts. If Snyder knew the field would be f’ed up and still scheduled the Army-Navy game, good for him. Like people said then about the Patriots, it’s up to the home team to decide how to treat the field (i.e. home field advantage all the way).
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    Polian whined to the league about the Pats field more than once if I recall correctly. They had the tarp on it the next time & Colts still lost (04 playoffs). Pats will not whine to the NFL I am betting. They know real football is played OUTDOORS in…gasp…WEATHER. (I loathe domes.)

    They’ve never complained about Heinz that I know of and that turf has probably cost them several players through the years.

  15. Lets not forget the snow game that the Pats played in against the Titans a few years ago. If I remember correctly the high-octane offense put up over 50 on the board despite the conditions. Poor footing helps receivers and hurts defenders. Watch for Gronkowski and Welker to go off in this game…maybe even a nice 50+ yard Deion Branch TD mixed in.

  16. yevrag3535 says:
    Dec 11, 2011 2:40 AM
    Oh no, they nay fall down and go boom, Who cares, what if is it was bad weather, it is a non story once again !!! come on people – these guys are pulling your good if all the time,,,,,, Let theses clows be in the army or navy and see what is real..
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    Can someone translate this for me?

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