Jon Gruden: Winnipeg field was fine, ask Green Bay what the problem was

AP

Raiders coach Jon Gruden did not agree with the decision to play Thursday night’s game against the Packers on a makeshift 80-yard field after the NFL’s attempt to convert a larger Canadian Football League field into a regulation American field hit a snag.

Although the Packers insisted that the game couldn’t use the planned end zones because of an issue with the area of turf where the CFL goal post had been removed, Gruden said there was no reason to do that.

“The field, I don’t know that was all about,” Gruden said, via NBCSportsBayArea.com. “We thought the field was perfectly fine.”

Gruden made clear that it was the Packers, not the Raiders, who insisted on changing the field dimensions.

“I’m not going to make a big deal about the field. We like the field. We thought the field was perfectly ready to roll. You’d have to ask Green Bay about that,” Gruden said.

56 responses to “Jon Gruden: Winnipeg field was fine, ask Green Bay what the problem was

  1. Hope the Raiders like their winning record. I’d screenshot it and act like the season ended after the last preseason game if I was a Raiders fan. It’s only downhill from here.

  2. Jon probably ‘loved the field’, just like he used to say how he loved every player when he was on MNF. Terrible announcer, overrated coach. And just for the record, he would have been the first to complain if the Raiders wouldn’t have won.

  3. Chuckie didn’t know what the problem was? Could it be he didn’t plan on playing one starter in the game? The Packers were going to play starters for maybe a quarter but weren’t going to risk injuring anyone on a substandard field. Easier to not know what the problem was when he knew not one of his starters would be in peril.

  4. The truth is out there ..its ok if Rodgers had various reasons for not wanting to play in whinny-peg guess what it was a away game for both teams .

    Get Real

    RN4L

  5. The Raiders are use to playing on a baseball field, so Winnipeg’s all grass field looked pretty good to them.

  6. Of course he thinks it’s fine, they play in a dump baseball stadium with a dirt infield. Also Carr didn’t play either sooooo….

  7. bunners1 says:
    August 23, 2019 at 7:34 am
    Chuckie didn’t know what the problem was? Could it be he didn’t plan on playing one starter in the game? The Packers were going to play starters for maybe a quarter but weren’t going to risk injuring anyone on a substandard field. Easier to not know what the problem was when he knew not one of his starters would be in peril.

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    Starter or bench or even likely to be cuts it doesn’t matter. No NFL coach is going to send players onto a field they even suspect presents a danger. So I believe him on this particular statement.

  8. The so called Green Bay “dynasty” is crashing down and we are all just licking our chops

  9. This was a Raiders home game. They chose the location and set-up and handled everything. Of course they are going to say everything was “fine” to exclude themselves from any blame. Duh.

    Never again. That is all I can say about the Packers playing a game at a non-NFL stadium.

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  10. When you are used to playing on a garbage field half encompassed by a baseball diamond, maybe he was alright with the conditions. This falls squarely on the NFL and their inability to make sure a non NFL field is ready for play. It has now happened in Canada, Canton, and Mexico City.

  11. The more relationships that Rodgers fractures, the more and more we are going to start hearing about whats really going on in Green Bay. And why the “most talented QB in history” can’t seem to pull of a winning season anymore.

    Tough for your team to rally around a DIVA that does it his own way. Do the players listen to A-Rod or to LeFleur?

  12. Coach Gruden is a man. A number of years ago when at Tampa, they were coming into Philly to play the eagles in a playoff game. He was sick and tired of hearing how cold it was going to be from the media etc. So when asked again about his team not playing well in the cold at Lincoln field. He said “We don’t care how cold it is we will play them on the Walt Whitman bridge if we have to”………They came in and won and eventually the SB that year.

  13. Their was a hole in the ground where the CFL goal posts used to reside. That is the direct answer to the question. Now if Gruden wants to act like it wasn’t a big deal, who could blame him, its not like his Raiders are going anywhere this season so why worry about season ending injuries?

  14. 80 yard field? That’s not football. I’d demand my money back. How do those poor Green Bay players play in the snow? Time to call Amnesty International to complain about playing conditions. A fella could catch a cold playing in such conditions. And don’t forget about slip and fall.

  15. Do any of you trolls realize Oakland didn’t even travel 20+ players and GB found out about it during warm-ups. Probably a little bit of this field is poor/we are going to sit 33 players has to do with that

  16. While everyone blamed Aaron Rodgers for ducking out of the game, Antonio Brown snuck out the back door unnoticed.

  17. amurdora says:
    August 23, 2019 at 6:03 am
    Hope the Raiders like their winning record. I’d screenshot it and act like the season ended after the last preseason game if I was a Raiders fan. It’s only downhill from here.
    ——————————–
    If they only get one or two wins this year, they will be against your team, so all is well!

  18. More whine and whine from gb. Really what’s the problem with the endzone gb? C’mon really think your going to get there that often?

  19. How do you fail to get a 100-yard field created? Wouldn’t that have been the very first thing discussed about playing up there? For as big a business as they are, the NFL frequently comes across like some small mom and pop operation where nothing is done proactively and everybody just gets surprised when obvious issues come up. They change major rules on the fly without any research or debate, they let teams move without even having a place lined up to play, games happen in weird places without even a full-size field being available….

  20. While Minnie fans are gleefully bashing Rodgers (who had nothing to do with the field, but don’t let those facts get in the way of your usual conspiracy rants), let’s wait until Hard Knocks when you hear Gruden’s true feelings instead of the media press conference.

  21. The Packer fans like to try to tell everyone that it’s Lefleurs decision and his alone to not play Rodgers. The Packers start the season with the Bears and Vikings and he is comfortable not seeing his offense work with live bullets flying around. That doesn’t make any sense. Working out the bugs against two division rivals could get ugly.

  22. heyguru1969 says:
    August 23, 2019 at 7:20 am
    October 20th. Oakland at Green Bay. Write it down.

    And watch Oakland get beat. It is great that Raiders fans have something to hope for but this team is not a playoff team. Might not even be a 500 team. So enjoy your team but get off of the mount and quit acting as if they are actually good.

  23. Congrats NFL – you’ve now had games in all of the countries of North America and screwed the field up in each one (Mexico, Canton, and Winnipeg) – quite the feat!! Can’t wait for more games in Europe, Africa, Asia, etc – hopefully you’ll get it wrong on all 7 continents!

  24. Something tells me that when Hard Knocks airs Tuesday night we’ll see the complete opposite of what Chucky is telling us right now.

  25. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    August 23, 2019 at 7:38 am
    Of course Gruden is going to defend his “home field.” Especially since it was the league that pressured the Raiders into this fiasco in the first place.
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    Not true at all. The Raiders were the ones that initiated the idea of playing at a different location. They were trying to give Oakland and the Coliseum the least possible amount of revenue generating events. They also saved 500K on 2019 rent by moving one of their preseason games.

  26. They could have played in the parking lot and it would have been an upgrade over their own field.

  27. whatjusthapped says:
    August 23, 2019 at 10:14 am
    Their was a hole in the ground where the CFL goal posts used to reside.

    _______________________

    And that hole was filled in and turf was placed on top of it. Meanwhile CFL players play on the same field with the risk of running into the goal post (which has happened) and nobody’s whining.

  28. freefromwhatyouare says:
    August 23, 2019 at 8:47 am

    Never again. That is all I can say about the Packers playing a game at a non-NFL stadium.

    @@@@&@&&&&&&&&&

    Listen up the owner of the green and yellows has spoken.

  29. There were 3 foot wide craters in each actual endzone. Did anybody see those? Or am I the only one that watched the video of the officials gathered around it?

  30. saxmachine69 says:
    August 23, 2019 at 5:05 pm
    whatjusthapped says:
    August 23, 2019 at 10:14 am
    Their was a hole in the ground where the CFL goal posts used to reside.

    _______________________

    And that hole was filled in and turf was placed on top of it. Meanwhile CFL players play on the same field with the risk of running into the goal post (which has happened) and nobody’s whining

    ________________________

    Good for the Canadian football players, this is American football. And those holes weren’t filled in very well, considering the turf they used to fill it had sunken in before the game started.

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