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Arian Foster “hates” FieldTurf

Ravens' Cody makes the tackle on Texans' Foster for no gain on a fourth and one play during their NFL football game in Baltimore Reuters

To beat the Texans, the Ravens will need to contain Houston running back Arian Foster.  They’ve laid the foundation for it by installing artificial turf at M&T Bank Stadium.

Sal Paolantonio of ESPN reports that Foster said during a pregame, on-field discussion that he “hates” FieldTurf.  (Technically, the Ravens use Sportexe Momentum.)  Paolantonio points out that Foster was “slipping and sliding” while trying to cut back on running plays during the game played between the two teams in Baltimore during October.

Foster also said he plans to use the same style of cleats that he wore the last time around — for now.  He rushed for only 49 yards on 15 carries during the first game between the two teams.

Foster played only two other games on artificial surfaces this year.  In Cincinnati, Foster gained 41 yards on 15 carries.  Against the Colts, however, Foster churned up 158 yards in 23 carries on FieldTurf.

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16 Responses to “Arian Foster “hates” FieldTurf”
  1. KIR says: Jan 15, 2012 12:15 PM

    I thought you needed a franchise QB to make the playoffs. Andy Dalton, Alex Smith, Tim Tebow, T.J. Yates, Joe Flacco? At his point in their careers these guy are not Franchise QB’s.

    The facts are that you can make the playoffs with a Great/good RB and a Great defense. This has been shown consistently every year. Frank Gore, Ray Rice, Adrian Foster and Pierre Thomas have also shown that it is a fallacy that great RB’s are easily replaceable. Which one of these guys could have been replaced easily this year?

  2. knowerofallthings says: Jan 15, 2012 12:16 PM

    Uhhh, I think it’s the Ravens defense dude… but go ahead and blame it on the ground. Everyone will belive you ;)

  3. burntorangehorn says: Jan 15, 2012 12:16 PM

    I know it’s wikipedia, but it says that they replaced the Sportexe with FieldTurf in 2010.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%26T_Bank_Stadium

  4. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 15, 2012 12:25 PM

    The first guy was onto something until he mentioned Pierre Thomas ha.

    Anyway, it has more to do with the Ravens 3-4 front seven and less to do with the turf.

  5. avoidtheboyd says: Jan 15, 2012 12:38 PM

    @KIR
    Arian, not Adrian. Nothing personal I’m just sick of people getting Texans’ names wrong. Like Kevin Walters, Owen Daniel, Demero Ryans, Matt Shwab, etc

  6. cletusvandam says: Jan 15, 2012 12:40 PM

    The facts are that you can make the playoffs with a Great/good RB and a Great defense. This has been shown consistently every year. Frank Gore, Ray Rice, Adrian Foster and Pierre Thomas have also shown that it is a fallacy that great RB’s are easily replaceable. Which one of these guys could have been replaced easily this year?

    ———–
    Gore by Hunter (it’s slowly happening), Foster by Tate (houston didn’t miss a beat while Foster was out) and Pierre Thomas by a shoe (he’s not great)

  7. bertilfox says: Jan 15, 2012 12:42 PM

    Field Turf and those synthetic surfaces really look great on TV. I am not a purist who loves the Mud Bowls like Miami and Pittsburgh played in on a Monday Night a few years back. You know, the one where the punt stuck directly in the mud without bouncing? Those were eyesores.

  8. thekingdave says: Jan 15, 2012 12:49 PM

    Hey morons, where in there do you see Foster using FieldTurf as an excuse for crappy performances? All I see coming from him is he hates it.

  9. KIR says: Jan 15, 2012 12:50 PM

    @Mr. Wright 212

    Sorry, but Pierre Thomas was greatly missed yesterday. His absence essentially eliminated their run game, made Sproles less effective which cost the Saints at least one TD yesterday. IMO

  10. luckynumberlucas says: Jan 15, 2012 12:58 PM

    I prefer FieldTurf over natural grass, it just feels better when playing, but of course, every artificial turf is different and there are good ones and bad ones…

  11. buzzbissinger says: Jan 15, 2012 1:04 PM

    Dosen’t he play on Field Turf at home?

  12. KIR says: Jan 15, 2012 1:11 PM

    @cletusvandam

    You can make that claim with 99% of the players in the league except “The Franchise QB’s” Brees, Brady, Rodgers, Rothelisberger sometimes E. Manning & Phillip Rivers. The question is are those RB’s easily replaceable and would those teams have made the playoffs without them?

    I’d also like to add that the Raiders easily make the playoffs with McFadden and the Bears make the playoffs with Matt Forte. Fred Jackson… think buffalo missed him?

  13. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 15, 2012 1:50 PM

    Pierre Thomas is garbage. And he wouldn’t have made any difference yesterday. You’re delusional.

  14. ruggerlad says: Jan 15, 2012 2:10 PM

    All these dumb rules for safety??? Nope an excuse to fine like crazy and let QB’s set new records.
    Field turf would be the first thing to go if they were truly worried about the players safety.
    Oh but then the greedy owners would have to pay the upkeep of the grass.

  15. dd393 says: Jan 15, 2012 3:37 PM

    Don’t blame him. It’s like trying to run on used, shredded garbage bags.

  16. buzzbissinger says: Jan 15, 2012 5:20 PM

    “Arian, not Adrian. Nothing personal I’m just sick of people getting Texans’ names wrong. Like Kevin Walters, Owen Daniel, Demero Ryans, Matt Shwab, etc”

    It’s called no respect, and until you start winning, expect that trend to continue.

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