There’s surely one heck of a story behind Patriots decision to rip up field

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In May the Patriots installed a new FieldTurf playing surface at Gillette Stadium. After two preseason games, one practice, and one regular-season game, they’ve ripped it out like ugly-ass carpet.

So how did that decision come to be? There’s surely one hell of a compelling story regarding arguments among and between members of the organization and/or among and between Patriots representatives and folks from the company that manufactured and installed the surface — both after and quite possibly before the Week One loss to the Chiefs.

Were players complaining? Were coaches complaining? Who was in favor of ripping up the field? Who was against it?

Via Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, the team decided that the surface was “not meeting team standards.” As PFT understands it, the field was consistently on the wrong side of the line dividing soft (and the surface definitely felt soft and spongy last Thursday night) and sloppy.

Still, the conversations and discussions leading to the conclusion must have been fascinating, with coach Bill Belichick undoubtedly making the ultimate call to, as he may have put it, get that crap the hell out of the stadium.

Belichick had a conference call with New Orleans reporters on Tuesday, and the issue didn’t come up. (They would have had no reason to ask him about it, since the Patriots and Saints play at the Superdome.) Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia met with reporters covering the Patriots on Tuesday, and the issue didn’t come up with them, either. (They’d probably defer to Bill, if they said anything at all.)

It’s still a fair question for Belichick, quarterback Tom Brady, and any other players made available to the media as the week unfolds.

It’s also a potentially interesting question for Chiefs safety Eric Berry, who tore his Achilles tendon on turf that was deemed at some point in the past week to be not a good enough platform for NFL players.

Time after time, substandard playing surfaces are spotted in NFL stadiums. And for every team that immediately rectifies the situation (like the Patriots did), there are teams that tolerate the circumstances for one reason and one reason only: The cost of making things better.

39 responses to “There’s surely one heck of a story behind Patriots decision to rip up field

  1. Non contact injuries have become far more common in the NFL, and overly soft turf can’t help with that.

    The injuries themselves I believe are the results of players overdeveloping their bodies beyond where humans were meant to be. This means that while they have great strength in some ways, they become more fragile in others. The slip, catch their foot and there is so much torque involved they tear a muscle or ACL where in earlier times there might just have been a sprain. Or there’s a bad sprain where there might have been less of one.

    Combine the overdevelopment with the reduction in OTAs – strength and conditioning and this is what you get.

  2. questionableprovenance says:
    September 12, 2017 at 2:26 pm
    Is this the surface that may have killed the Patriot’s season by injuring Edelman?

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    Well, since that game was in Detroit, I’d say probably not..

  3. September 12, 2017 at 2:26 pm
    Is this the surface that may have killed the Patriot’s season by injuring Edelman?

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    No… that was a road game at Ford Field

  4. weepingjebus says:
    September 12, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Burning the field that was tainted by the Chiefs’ refusal to honor the flag. I approve.
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    What flag did the Chiefs dishonor?

  5. Achilles Tendons tear when they are ready to tear. A 100% healthy achilles will not tear because you run on soft turf. It’s irresponsible to try and create a controversy by intimating that the turf may have had something to do with Berry’s injury.

  6. questionableprovenance says:
    September 12, 2017 at 2:26 pm
    Is this the surface that may have killed the Patriot’s season by injuring Edelman?

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    Not Edelman as that was a road game. But two players (Berry and Jones) did have season enders on that surface. (Berry’s was an achilles though) with two major injuries in a short time span plus there may have been lower level complaints (IE players that werent actually injured still saying it caught them up) and Belichick would have a short fuse on that. He may have already been considering if there was a problem and Berry getting hurt made up his mind.

  7. AreYouKiddingMe? says:
    September 12, 2017 at 2:24 pm
    I’m sure this will devolve into some sort of manufactured cheating scandal – Pats tried to cheat, it backfired and now they’re destroying the evidence, yada, yada, yada.

    You Said it not us…….

  8. chiefsfolife says:
    September 12, 2017 at 2:53 pm
    #Turfgate…..If I’m Berry I’m going straight to King Roger with this! HAHA

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    If Berry or KC felt that the surface contributed I would not blame them for raising a beef. I dont think the Patriots can be penalized over it or anything, but I still would not blame the Chiefs for being upset. What could happen is that if word got out the surface might be dangerous teams scheduled to visit in the coming season could raise a protest. So its a lot less headache plus a lot safer for their own players if they just get it out if there.

  9. Very simple explanation for the change. Kraftie didn’t want to have a bad omen turf remain as he prefers his turf undefeated plus it gives the fanboys their go to excuse for the loss….a win win or a cheat cheat. Carry ow snowflakes.

  10. They have a lot of concerts and other events like Monster Truck rally’s and such at Gillette. Probably too much non football traffic for the turf to handle?

  11. “The injuries themselves I believe are the results of players overdeveloping their bodies beyond where humans were meant to be. This means that while they have great strength in some ways, they become more fragile in others”

    In MMA, the heavier weight divisions produce more knock outs than the lighter weight divisions. That because big fighters produce more punching force than smaller fighters, but can not necessarily withstand the greater punching force. In other words, the rate of change in punching force from the smaller fighter to bigger fighter is far higher than the rate of change in their ability to withstand a punch.

    I would guess that the same thing holds true in football. As players get bigger, they deliver far more force in their collisions than the smaller players of the past. However, their ability to withstand such force in their tendons has not risen to the same degree.

  12. It’s pretty simple.
    Someone took a giant dump on that field last Thursday, and they decided they needed a new rug.

  13. Seriously though…
    Cyrus Jones also got injured on that field in a non-contact injury.
    I suspect that the team thinks the field is dangerous.

  14. laserw says:
    September 12, 2017 at 6:39 pm
    Perhaps the turf made Tomasina Brady look like a 50 year old man impersonating a QB for most of the game.

    Most of? That 50 yo man dropped 27 on KC and was leading into the 4th when the D decided to go home early.

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