Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Seattle_seahawks_introduce_55bf

ASHBURN, Va. — Pete Carroll says the “field” in FedEx Field is “horrible.” Mike Shanahan doesn’t go that far, but he agrees the grass isn’t always greener at the Washington Redskins stadium. The playing surface was a mess when Seattle Seahawks beat the Redskins on Sunday in the NFC wild card playoffs. There were plenty of bare sports, and dirt was flying with many of the steps taken between the hash marks. Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III and Seattle defensive end Chris Clemons left the game with knee injuries. “It was horrible,” Seahawks coach Carroll told 710 ESPN Seattle. “It’s a horrible field. 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. “You’d like a perfect field, and it wasn’t a perfect field, we all know that,” Redskins coach Shanahan said. Shanahan said putting down a new sod in midseason might not have worked. He said he’s seen new sods in San Francisco and Denver that didn’t work out. “If you do sod right, at lot of times it’s good,” Shanahan said. “I really thought the field was OK because I didn’t see people slipping during the game. … Therefore I don’t think there’s an advantage one way or a disadvantage one way.” NFL rules say the home team must certify prior to each game that the playing field meets certain conditions. There is a list of requirements, including an “Impact Hardness Test.” Carroll was more diplomatic when he met with reporters later Monday. He said there was a “lot of loose footing” in the game, but he said he didn’t know if it contributed to Clemons’ injury. “It’s cool to have the different stadiums have their own uniqueness about it,” Carroll said. “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.” Shanahan said he’d be open to the idea of an artificial surface, but that he likes natural grass. “We have that here, but for some reason here it’s just not working as well,” he said. “Anyway, we’ll try to address that for next year.”

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Head coaching candidates for the Denver Nuggets

Check out these leaked Clippers jersey redesigns

Aqib Talib’s aggravated assault investigation suspended by Dallas PD

Ohio State expects 80,000 at its spring game this Saturday

Bryant strikes out three times in debut; Cubs fans heckle him

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

NBA rookies who disappointed in 2014-15 season

Report: Urban Meyer reassured Belichick about Hernandez

Cuban: Harden is MVP, Rockets are not very good

J.R. Smith: 'I don’t think anyone can beat us'

SCOTUS asked to overturn baseball's antitrust exemption

Is Chip Kelly expecting too much from Josh Huff?

Ubaldo Jimenez hit Pablo Sandoval with pitch, was ejected

NBA to track and post referees’ calls beginning in playoffs

MLB payrolls continue to rise

NBA playoffs: Los Angeles Clippers vs. San Antonio Spurs

Home runs ruined our ability to appreciate production

Why we love the NFL draft

There are only two contenders ... in the West?

Woman stripped of marathon win, didn't actually run in race

Matt Barnes' son betrays him for Steph Curry

WATCH: Padres fan saved from falling by alert cameraman

Kemp hosts Seattle party over OKC missing playoffs

Jim Harbaugh showed up at Ultimate Frisbee practice

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Leaked Clippers jersey redesigns

Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase preview

Home runs ruined our ability to appreciate production

Why we love the NFL draft

The "worst" player on each NBA playoff team

Jim Harbaugh showed up at Ultimate Frisbee practice

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and the burden of legacy

Kris Bryant and floor versus ceiling

Top 10 storylines of the NBA Playoffs

A-Rod being taken to court over unpaid legal fees

Could Wilson really be a two-sport star?

Five players who must step up in the NBA playoffs

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.