During ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast this week, it was impossible to ignore the massive divots pocketing FedEx Field’s grass surface.
“What exactly happened to the grass stuff at FedEx Field?” one brilliant writer asked after the game. “Grenade droid dodgeball? World jack-hammering finals? Prairie dog convention?”
It seems a particularly odd home track for a team whose offense is based on speed, from Robert Griffin III to Pierre Garcon and Aldrick Robinson. Well, Garcon was on ESPN 980’s Sports Reporters this week, and he was asked about that noticeably pock-marked surface.
“We’ve talked about the field and how it looks to us on television,” Andy Pollin said, as Garcon began chuckling in the background. “What’s it like to play on a field that, at least from the television, looks like they held a steeplechase on it?”
“Um, it’s, it’s…” Garcon stumbled. “It is something to worry about. It is tough. But we have long spikes, we have spikes to hopefully keep our footing better on the field. But the field, it is what you see. It’s pretty nasty out there. I don’t know, that gives us an advantage — when teams come from playing on turf to playing on grass, I guess that slows them down a little bit more than it slows us down.”
Maybe. Though I’d still think you’d want the cleanest and swiftest surface possible when your franchise employs a track star at quarterback.
“If they put in field turf, wouldn’t that benefit speedsters like you and RGIII?” Steve Czaban asked.
“Field turf has its positives and negatives too,” Garcon said. “It’s easy to manage, but it’s harder on the knees. You need your knees out there. Hopefully you can play a lot longer on the grass, but the grass needs to be managed, as well. So it’s a decision that they have to make.”
I’m guessing this isn’t the last we hear about this issue.