Phil Simms not happy with Miami field conditions

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Dolphins owner Stephen Ross recently dumped $500 million of his own fortune to upgrade the NFL stadium he owns. He should now consider investing more in the condition of the playing surface.

It’s continuously been a mess this year, due in large part to the fact that the Miami Hurricanes play college football games there, often the day (or night) before a Dolphins game. Even after the latest resodding of the field, it looked rough and arguably unsafe on Sunday night.

Phil Simms of Showtime’s Inside the NFL called the field quality in to question on Tuesday’s edition of the show, saying that the Dolphins were “lucky that somebody didn’t get hurt.”

“Did you watch the Sunday night game down in Miami?” Simms said, via SportsBusiness Daily. “Those are professional football players. Did you see the field conditions? It really bothered me. There were guys like Ndamukong Suh, players out there that could have really been hurt because of the condition of that field. . . . In this day and age, you can’t have a great surface for all these guys?”

He’s right, primarily because that’s one of my own personal pet peeves. Even if the owners don’t care about players as humans, the owners should care about them as investments, since a torn ACL or other calamity results in a guy being paid a lot of money to not play.

The league and the NFL Players Association should demand better. Until they do, fans and the media should.

It would help if the players did, but few want to be perceived as whining about conditions that affect both teams equally. Still, to the extent that plenty of players don’t hesitate to gripe about Thursday football for safety reasons, they should be willing to draw attention to the fact that too many owners spend too little money to ensure the best and safest possible field conditions.

18 responses to “Phil Simms not happy with Miami field conditions

  1. Yeah, okay, but what is the solution? Kick out the ‘Canes? Roll out new sod every Sunday morning? Go to artificial turf?

    As my old Regional Director once told me, “Don’t come to me with problems, come to me with solutions.”

  2. I know a lot of people didn’t care for him as an analyst but I’ve always respected the way Simms speaks his mind like this. The NFL needs more Grampa Simpson types like Simms not afraid to speak out against the almighty empire that is the NFL.

  3. USC and the Rams seem to be able to share a field with no problem. One issue might be the turf itself – I recall reading that when they updated the stadium in Miami they put in a new type of field, genetically-enhanced Platinum TE Paspalum turf, which is designed to not need as much sun as typical turf. Also, they re-sodded before the Miami-VA Tech game the day before the Raiders game. They’ll dial it all in, and in any case it’s still better than the turf or fake fields of 10 or 20 years ago.

  4. Maybe some evidence should be provided that poor fields contribute to a higher frequency of injuries before saying “lucky that somebody didn’t get hurt.” Is it more dangerous? Maybe/maybe not. Maybe it’s safer.

  5. Why are people always complaining about Miami?

    Is it about Lebron? Is it because Gerry Faust quit on Notre Dame? Because the Marlins won a World Series in the modern era before the Indians?

    Why is Miami’s issue any different from LA’s??? I’m so over people constantly looking for something to pin on Miami, whether it’s about dancing in the endzone or turnover chains there’s always someone crying about god knows what.

    Get over it.

  6. I don’t think it’s a money issue at all. It’s just, plain nature. No doubt, contractors claimed they could provide grass that doesn’t need as much sun since, you know, the NEW roof limits exposure to sunlight.

    They’ve spent money on new sod. If they foretold it would be this bad, I’m sure they would’ve done something differently. But it takes time to see if turf takes and then see the results.

    They’ve been poor, so far. But this is not an experiment where you can throw something for a couple days and know what it will do. They’ll get through this season and then Ross will spend the money to fix it. There’s zero reason to think he won’t….

  7. beachsidejames says:
    November 8, 2017 at 2:05 pm
    Why can’t the league have it so when one team (Fins) is home the other (Canes) is away?

    Because college football sets its schedule years in advance while the NFL does it months before the season, also, idk if you heard, but a few big storms came through this area that force-shuffled some games around…

  8. It wasn’t that long ago that half the fields were mud pits late in the season. Somehow players were able to survive.

    If the union cared about the players health, they would go back to having full contact practices. It actually prevents injuries because it conditions the body for contact and when you are used to getting hit, you are also more in tune with pulling your leg out of a dangerous situation and how to take falls.

    The players are coddled now and injuries are at an all time high. These new training methods have too many guys carrying too much bulk and their joints and tendons can’t take it.

  9. The players looked like they were running in quicksand on the Sunday night game. Plenty of guys slipping around too. Terrible field condition. They need the Broncos guy from the Papa John commercial.

  10. Sounds like to from your theory irk with years of advanced scheduling notice that the NFl could figure out how to not have a game played at 1:00 Sunday when one was just played on that same field Sat. nite.

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