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Quality of turf at FedEx Field becomes factor in Griffin aftermath

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Apart from the question of whether Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III should have or shouldn’t have been playing with an obvious knee injury is the question of whether anyone should be playing on that choppy, uneven surface attached to the floor of FedEx Field.

The natural grass at FedEx Field is, by January, neither natural nor grass.  The agent for Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons has blamed Clemons’ feared ACL tear on the “crappy” condition of the surface, via the Washington Post.

Now that the Redskins have a prized asset at the quarterback position, they need to protect that asset by giving him a surface that maximizes his skill and protects his body.  And if the Redskins insist on sticking with grass, they need to make it and keep it pristine by, among other things, playing no college football games at the facility.

Until that happens, the folks at UPS will be very glad that their company’s name isn’t the one attached to the Redskins’ home stadium.

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32 Responses to “Quality of turf at FedEx Field becomes factor in Griffin aftermath”
  1. fuglyflorio says: Jan 7, 2013 8:44 AM

    The One-and-doneSkins had everything go right for them this year … and they still fell short. It’s not the turf. It’s your team.

  2. pkswally024 says: Jan 7, 2013 8:51 AM

    I was thinking before kickoff why they wouldn’t re-sod the field.

  3. ballboy48 says: Jan 7, 2013 8:52 AM

    Snyder has Billions! He couldn’t afford to get new turf in there for their first home playoff game in 13 years? Dude is cheap.

  4. getyourownname says: Jan 7, 2013 9:00 AM

    Fedex will get a turf field only when Little Danny figures out a way to assess a “field improvement fee” on people attending the games.

  5. rg3thetruth says: Jan 7, 2013 9:02 AM

    This field has been an issue for years. They let all these college teams play on it and it just shreds it to pieces. I love playing on real grass but it may be time for field turf. Got to protect your investment!

  6. jprcox says: Jan 7, 2013 9:07 AM

    Watching that game I couldn’t beleive that was an NFL field. Our local high school has a better turf.

    Its unreal that 2 players have been seriously hurt due in part to this turf, and that its still a question as to whether or not FedEx Field will replace it, or at least come up with a plan to keep it in way better condition.

  7. steelerben says: Jan 7, 2013 9:09 AM

    And when it was a kicker complaining about the quality of Soldier Field everyone said he was a crybaby and needed to be moved to another team.

  8. johnclaytonsponytail says: Jan 7, 2013 9:09 AM

    Field turf is the way to go. Better for players and weather conditions. Looks better on TV also.

  9. bucrightoff says: Jan 7, 2013 9:16 AM

    Something logical? Investing in a quality field for your franchise.

  10. shogunassasin30 says: Jan 7, 2013 9:17 AM

    Why is the natural assumption to go to that hideous looking field turf? Why not just take better care of the natural grass and maintain the field like how they do in Arizona? And maybe I’m getting older but I miss seeing mud and dirty uniforms. They’ve played on that for how long? And now people are being complete vag-nas over it

  11. trollhammer20 says: Jan 7, 2013 9:17 AM

    Adrian Peterson was hurt on that field last year, late in the season, correct?

    Throw in Griffin, who further injured his already injured knee not once but twice during the game, Clemons (Seattle’s leading pass rusher, who will be sorely missed if he’s unable to return), and the fact Steven Hauschka sprained his ankle planting on the turf…well, “field” since it really seemed to be dirt with paint on it….you’d think the NFL and Dan Snyder might want to do something about this.

    I’m sure college teams can find somewhere else to play.

  12. Pacific NW Mark says: Jan 7, 2013 9:19 AM

    If you’re going to have multi-team, multi-day use of the facility, field turf is the only way to go – it’s even less expensive int eh long run, which should appeal to the Redskins’ fiscally conservative owner.

  13. gtodriver says: Jan 7, 2013 9:20 AM

    Sucks when the most important games of the year are played on this kind of turf.

    This goes for any outdoor venue that can’t/won’t keep the turf in excellent playing condition at all times.

  14. killface4prez says: Jan 7, 2013 9:21 AM

    All cold weather outdoor teams need to give the grounds crew at Lambeau Field a call and go “um, yeah… what’s the number for your turf salesman?”

    The 50/50 blend of real and synthetic grass at Lambeau looks great and holds up unbelievably well all year long, compared to the garbage surfaces we see year in, year out at places like Fed Ex, Heinz Field, Soldier Field, et al.

    I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that the guys up in Green Bay with frozen boogers in their mustaches are not horticultural savants. I think every team could do what they are doing if they coughed up the coin.

  15. norseyapper says: Jan 7, 2013 9:26 AM

    Adrian Peterson blew out his knee there Christmas eve 2011. Late in the year it ceases to be a playable surface. It was painted mud, and by the end of the first quarter the Redskins logo at mid field was unrecognizable.
    Last year the league threatened to step in and make Chicago do something with their crap field so why haven’t we heard anything from them about not allowing that mess in DC?

  16. whatjusthapped says: Jan 7, 2013 9:32 AM

    The other factor that the Redskins should consider if they want to replicate Lambeau Field is the lights. Green Bay has special lights that help the grass grow in November and December. Add that to the Field Turf and Washington would have a NFL quality surface.

  17. questionableprovenance says: Jan 7, 2013 9:34 AM

    Imagine the bitter irony if it turns out that RGIII has suffered a career-diminishing [or worse] injury because Snyder was too cheap to provide a proper playing surface. I would hate to have it happen to RGIII, who is, perhaps too much, a true warrior. But it couldn’t happen to a “nicer” guy than Snyder.
    [Are you allowed to publish this, or will Snyder sue?]

    BTW, killface4prez, don’t judge a book by its cover. Those “frozen booger” guys may indeed be horticultural savants. People living in harsh conditions survive by learning more about their environment than do those whose information comes out of books.

  18. marvsleezy says: Jan 7, 2013 9:37 AM

    A few points, I saw RG3′s ankle turn in a nasty way that would have destroyed it on artificial turf. But on grass, the grass just ripped up, and he was fine. (not talking about the knee injury)

    Also, usually when you see a field that bad, its by design. The coaches design their game plan around the bad turf and try to play it to their advantage.

    The patriots sprayed theirs with water to create ice before they played the colts one year.

  19. jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson says: Jan 7, 2013 9:51 AM

    Messed up turf???? It’s called Haloti Ngata, a beast of a human, falling directly on your knee. You can’t bounce back from that right away. RGIII was way more hurt than they were letting on. Albeit FedEx field/stadium/whatever is just complete garbage, the field did not ruin his knee. Go Ravens!! The better team playing this Saturday!

  20. tdiggs0928 says: Jan 7, 2013 10:06 AM

    The redskins have gambled all year ever since they made the blockbluster trade for RG3 Then reports surface that RG3 wasnt told to go back in the game by docters They risked his health and now their paying for it And he may never be the same Daniel Snyder better fix fed ex field soon if he wants to protect his franchise quaterback The field was terrible last night and its the result why they lost

  21. wend28 says: Jan 7, 2013 10:54 AM

    The Carolina Panthers have natural grass for their field and it’s in great condition (even in late December after two college football games being played there too). You don’t have to get field turf. You can still use a natural surface, just actually have to invest in it which apparently Daniel Snyder is too cheap to do.

  22. cometkazie says: Jan 7, 2013 11:02 AM

    Lambeau Field also has a system of pipes under the playing surface that keeps the field warm enough for the grass to grow.

    LSU has some sort of system in place in Tiger Stadium to enhance drainage, etc. Frozen conditions there are very rare. They replace the turf from time to time.

    There was really bad turf in some bowl the Tigers played in a couple of years ago in, I think, Orlando. Terrible field and lots of complaints. I have no idea whether or not anything was done to fix it.

  23. randomguy9999 says: Jan 7, 2013 11:06 AM

    of course, he wouldn’t have the weak knee in the first place if he was playing the QB position instead of thinking he’s a RB all the time….

  24. crappygovernment says: Jan 7, 2013 11:15 AM

    Those playoff games weren’t as exciting as Tebow’s first playoff game last season. I hope they allow him to play Qb as an outspoken Christian somewhere next season!

  25. cliverush says: Jan 7, 2013 11:25 AM

    To those comparing the field in D.C. with Arz. or N.C. remember that the weather in Washington can vary from warm to freezing cold and wet similar to the northern cities. Teams in the north east know that field turf is the way to go. What the heck was that guy in the game for at that point? He could barley walk.

  26. bluebongzilla says: Jan 7, 2013 11:42 AM

    “Lambeau Field also has a system of pipes under the playing surface that keeps the field warm enough for the grass to grow.”

    The Packers have also been known to turn the heating system off so that the field freezes and gets as hard as a rock.

  27. killface4prez says: Jan 7, 2013 11:57 AM

    The Packers have also been known to turn the heating system off so that the field freezes and gets as hard as a rock.

    And if bluebongzilla says it, it must be true.

    But no, I can see your point. I can see where they’d want that field hard as a rock so that when Rodgers gets sacked 54 times in a season behind their god awful offensive line, the field is as unforgiving as possible when he gets planted.

  28. xofootballer says: Jan 7, 2013 12:26 PM

    Oh, good grief.
    Media darling RG3 goes down – as many of his skeptics predicted he would. Small frame, runs too much.
    Now the field, doctors coaches and birds flying south for the winter are all looked to for blame as to why the great RG3 isn’t going to the Super bowl.
    It’s football.
    RG3 was – at no fault of his own – put on a pedestal by all those around him and reporting on him.
    It’s just an injury.
    No need to call congress, Obama or seek a special panel.

  29. padraighansen says: Jan 7, 2013 12:37 PM

    Green Bay uses a field called DD Grassmaster, which features synthetic grass woven into the natural grass. It’s one of the best fields in the NFL, something that NFL players routinely praise. If GB can do it, other teams can as well.

  30. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 7, 2013 6:21 PM

    jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson says: Jan 7, 2013 9:51 AM

    Messed up turf???? It’s called Haloti Ngata, a beast of a human, falling directly on your knee. You can’t bounce back from that right away. RGIII was way more hurt than they were letting on. Albeit FedEx field/stadium/whatever is just complete garbage, the field did not ruin his knee. Go Ravens!! The better team playing this Saturday!
    ————-

    Peyton is going to absolutely annihilate Baltimore again next week. Hope you enjoyed your little Ray Lewis show yesterday.

  31. go4nfl says: Jan 9, 2013 5:34 PM

    I was on the sideline at FedEx the first game, the last games, and in between. It was not in good shape; nearly as bad in September as in January, and nowhere near as good as the old RFK turf. It may be money, but it isn’t college use. And it doesn’t make sense that a coach would risk his own players for some perceived turf advantage. The NFL office controls everything else, are there no field standards? Hard to believe this shoddy surface would pass the minimum. The teams and fans deserve better. C’mon man!

  32. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 9, 2013 5:58 PM

    I wish they had just stayed at RFK where they belonged. Plus it’s easier for me to get there from my cousin’s house in the Seat ha (although both RFK and FedEx are equidistant from his crib).

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