Alshon Jeffery ready for “terrible field” in return to Chicago

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Alshon Jeffery faced the Bears during his first season with the Eagles, but the game took place in Philadelphia so Sunday afternoon’s game will be the wide receiver’s first back in Chicago since leaving the Bears as a free agent in 2017.

He called Chicago “just where I was for work,” although he also said “it definitely was a lot of fun” in his first few seasons with the Bears before injuries, a suspension and coaching changes made for a less enjoyable atmosphere. Whatever his feelings about playing for the Bears, Jeffery’s strongest feelings about returning had to do with the playing surface at Soldier Field.

“The field is terrible,” Jeffery said, via NJ.com. “I definitely remember that. But at the same time, it’s football, man … when I was there we always used to tell the equipment manager that you gotta change the field, get the field better. I’m not disrespecting them. I’m just saying: It’s terrible.”

Jeffery certainly isn’t the first player to criticize or raise concerns about the surface at Soldier Field and the Bears have changed the sod they use as a result.

32 responses to “Alshon Jeffery ready for “terrible field” in return to Chicago

  1. rogerdodger99 says:
    January 3, 2019 at 7:29 am
    No reason to walk around with so much resentment bro. The bears paid you good money to play football, sometimes you gotta be thankful instead of scorned.
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    He was asked a question about returning to Chicago, should he not have answered it? Have you played football on Soldier Field? No? Then maybe he’s right about the field. He got a ring with Philly and a nice contract, has been an ideal teammate and stayed healthy this season while playing 19 gameslast season with a torn rotator cuff. I think perhaps he’s not the one who feels scorned.

  2. Show some class and stop being negative about your former team (that now is a completely different regime and attitude than what you were part of) stop complaining and whining “hamstrings”, some people never change! So glad we got rid of this guy, he was part of the dysfunction brought on by Marshall and Bennett under Trestman’s horrid leadership. The one thing that stands out the most about Alshon is faking minor leg injuries, hence the name hamstrings.

  3. This is whining? I guess reporters shouldn’t ask questions. I see more negativity in the comments than anything Alshon said.

  4. some players don’t know how good they really have it, always complaining about this and that. Maybe Alshon took some pointers from Antonio Brown & Me-Veon Bell.

  5. A review of NFL fields from 2015:

    #28 – The Kentucky Bluegrass in Chicago doesn’t have the ownership backing it needs to keep the cool-season grass replenished all season long. The lack of commitment can render this field tough for NFL players late in the season, a constant point of contention year after year. Kicker Robbie Gould even complained about his own team’s field during a radio interview in 2012, saying it had sunk to new lows.
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    Alshon is just telling the truth.

  6. What’s up with these comments? Dude said the field was terrible. It was!! Everyone complained about that field.

  7. Already making excuses for a(nother) no-show game. Shut-up and play, Alshon… the field condition is the least of your worries Sunday.

  8. Judas, dude gave his honest opinion about the crappy field. Did NOT bash his former team.
    Message boards and twitter really bring out the angry nut jobs in our world these days.

  9. chrisharrison0578 says:
    January 3, 2019 at 8:04 am

    This is whining? I guess reporters shouldn’t ask questions. I see more negativity in the comments than anything Alshon said.

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    This isn’t the only thing he’s been running his mouth about, there is more than just this article. He should know better than to answer baited questions from the media. no excuse.

  10. As a Bears fan I agree with the comments on the time Alshon spent here being dysfunctional and that’s being polite. The Bears were a dumpster fire during his time in Chicago and I was happy to see him get a ring last year.

    In regard to Soldier Field it has and always has had one of the worst turfs in the NFL especially late in the season. It’s amazing they can replace everything between the lines and it still sucks. This issue is not something new. It’s been an issue since they replaced the fake turf in 1987. I hope it is not an issue for either team because this game should be a fun one to watch.

  11. The field used to be one of the worst. To old crusty John Fox’s credit, that was one thing he was able to get changed. This current season under Nagy and the final year under Fox were the best years the grass has ever looked…Has Mack complained about the footing this year?

    This is an average one season probowl wide out taking about old turf…meh….i can’t wait to see that defense run over the Eagles…if you don’t think that’s gonna happen, then you haven’t been watching football this season…Bear Down

  12. He actually seems like a pretty decent guy but he always hated Chicago and I could never understand why.

  13. stucats says:
    January 3, 2019 at 8:08 am
    some players don’t know how good they really have it, always complaining about this and that. Maybe Alshon took some pointers from Antonio Brown & Me-Veon Bell.

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    Field condition can lead to injuries and their ability to support themselves and their families. Forgive them for wanting to do so

  14. When did Bears fans get so thin skinned? There’s nothing in Jeffery’s comments even a cowgirl’s fan would take exception to. The field in Chicago is bad, it always has been and probably will stay that way until the team pays for a turf surface.

  15. I’ll tell you what – if Foles pulls this off, we need to seriously think about trading Wentz for a number 1.

  16. ….i can’t wait to see that defense run over the Eagles…if you don’t think that’s gonna happen, then you haven’t been watching football this season…
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    Bears defense is legit, no doubt but what about their offense scares anyone? Minnesota’s defense was legit last year in the NFCCG and look what happened to them. Tarik Cohen=Darren Sproles, Foles>=Trubisky, Alshon>Robinson, Ertz>Burton, Gabriel=Tate, Elliot>Parkey, etc. This is going to be a war and a great game but giving the reigning Super Bowl champs no respect is foolish, but then that’s what fans do I guess.

  17. I don’t get the bristling over his comments. It’s really no secret that Soldier Field has been among the worst surfaces in the league every since they moved away from the concrete in the late 80s.

    Apparently the thing stopping them from switching to FieldTurf is their concern that it, too, can cause injuries other field surfaces don’t. (I’m not agreeing or disagreeing. It’s just what the unofficial word has been for a while.)

    But with all that, I found myself shocked by how bad SF’s field was when they played there two weeks ago.

  18. The field Sunday will be fine. There hasn’t been a protracted cold spell all winter yet in Chicago to kill off the grass, nor have any other major events (concerts, etc.) been held there recently. It looked pretty darn good the last home game they played. Heinz Field and a couple others are just as bad if not worse this time of year.

  19. It always makes me sick when the Bears hit on draft picks, but then let them walk and take their talent to other organizations (Jeffrey, Greg Olsen, I could go on)…good teams (should) take care of their own.

    However, Marc Trestman both created and allowed what was an INCREDIBLY talented, winning team to disintegrate and devolve into an assorted swirling collection of egos, divas, whiners, malcontents and otherwise de-motivated or out-of-place players who were then forced to stew in that toxic, leaderless culture of arrogance, blame, backstabbing, finger-pointing, under-achievement, manipulation, and media-leaks. Cutler, too, was sacrificed on this bloody altar of dysfunction.

    I was no big fan of Lovie, whose stubborn stoicism and failure to EVER make in-game adjustments (and made choices like Benson > Thomas Jones) kept the Bears from reaching the mountain top. But at least he had some character and dignity deserving of the Bears great legacy.

    Trestman did not. Urlacher was smart/lucky to walk away when he did, just in time to dodge that bullet, right before the Bears organization hit its low-point under Trestman’s rudderless cowardly “leadership”.

    It’s THAT Bears team that ol’ Alshon “Hamstrings” Jeffrey still has bitterness about, and though the Bears did right by him to draft, develop and launch his career, it’s also easy to understand why AJ’d still be snide about the experience of the Trestman era, and so regard the Bears as “just the place where I worked”.

    Of course, it’s so much more than that now, thanks to Pace & co. – the Monsters of the Midway are back, thank the Football Gods, and the NFL is better for it.

  20. tokyomanblastersmom says:…

    It’s nice to see some objectivity and analysis from another team’s fans. Good luck on Sunday…

  21. Yes , the Bears field has been in bad shape in the past. But now they have seemed to remedy that issue this season. Plus the weather has been better than normal in the great city of Chicago. I remember some pretty rotten fields in Philadelphia as well. I.E. ask Wendell Davis. Both knees on one play and wasn’t even touched as I recall.

  22. kabasaman says:
    January 3, 2019 at 12:55 pm
    Yes , the Bears field has been in bad shape in the past. But now they have seemed to remedy that issue this season. Plus the weather has been better than normal in the great city of Chicago. I remember some pretty rotten fields in Philadelphia as well. I.E. ask Wendell Davis. Both knees on one play and wasn’t even touched as I recall.
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    Yes but that back in the Veterans Stadium days. That field was Astroturf and might’ve been the most dangerous turf field in the league. Davis also sued over those injuries, don’t remember the end result though. I remember him jumping up for a pass and that was all it took…

  23. Meh. Who cares? It’s not like Chicago hasn’t had issues with their field in the past that the Park Management District took grief over. Of course, nothing compared to the issues the Vet had in the past.

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