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Redskins, FedExField Come Under Fire For Turf Conditions During NFC Wild Card
Published January 8, 2013
COACHES SOUND OFF: Seahawks coach Pete Carroll called the field "horrible." The AP's Joseph White noted Redskins coach Mike Shanahan "doesn't go that far, but he agrees the grass isn't always greener" at FedExField. Carroll said, "It's as bad as a field can get for being dry. It's too bad. It really is. It's too bad. We deserve better. ... It just was worn out. There was a lot of slipping and all that kind of stuff. It's relative. It didn't change the game at all in my opinion because it's relative to both sides. We should just expect to see a better field at that time of year." The field has looked "scraggly for much of a season that was front-loaded with extra events, including college football games and a Kenny Chesney concert." Shanahan said, "You'd like a perfect field, and it wasn't a perfect field, we all know that." NFL rules say the home team "must certify prior to each game that the playing field meets certain conditions." Carroll: "It's cool to have the different stadiums have their own uniqueness about it. But there is a point where I think it makes sense that it should be somewhat standardized that it should be equal for everyone, and obviously safety is at the top of everyone's mind in the league" (AP, 1/7).
BY THE BOOK: The NFL said that the Redskins "followed proper protocol in this case." NFL Senior VP/PR Greg Aiello said, "The Redskins certified their compliance prior to the game." Shanahan yesterday said that he is "open to discussing an artificial surface, 'but I do like natural grass.'" He said that the issue would be "addressed prior to" the '13 season. Shanahan: "I've seen perfect grass and guys just slipping all the time. And so therefore I don't think there was an advantage one way or disadvantage one way" (WASHINGTON POST, 1/8).