Found January 10, 2013 on
By now we have all heard the various complaints about the surface at Fed Ex field for the Redskins vs Seattle playoff game last Sunday.
The Seahawks in particular were not fond of the field at all. Many were led to speculate on whether or not that terrible surface led to Chris Clemons tearing his knee up.
The NFLPA called for an upgrade of the playing surface, and via USA Today, Seattle fullback Michael Robinson pointed his finger at the league. Robinson said the playing conditions at Fed Ex field were” like working in a sweat shop.”
“The commissioner, and I know it’s a tough job, but he doesn’t mandate mouthpieces. You care about us, but you don’t mandate mouthpieces. You care about us, but we play on that field last week that was like, ‘Really? Really?’
“That should be illegal. That’s like working in a sweat shop to me.”
The NFL seems to have blown this one all on their own. According to NFL guidelines, the playing surface is checked 72 hours before each home game, and then checked again the day of the game.
NFL Guidelines: Within 72 hours of each home game, all clubs that own or lease their stadiums are required to certify that their fields are in compliance with Recommended Practices for the Maintenance of Infill and Natural Surfaces for NFL Games. If any parts of the playing surface are not in compliance, it must be remediated in accordance with the applicable manufacturer’s recommendations at the club’s expense. The playing surface must be retested and certified as being in compliance prior to game day. Failure to comply is considered a competitive as well as a player safety issue and will be subject to disciplinary action by the Commissioner’s office.
Impact Hardness Test – The playing surface should produce a g-max of less than 100 g measured by the Clegg Hammer impact tester in locations as stated in the Recommended Practices for the Maintenance of Infill and Natural Surfaces for NFL Games.
Synthetic Infill Depth and Evenness – The infill depth of a playing surface should be measured by using the Floortest FT 50 to calibrate the thickness in locations as stated in the Recommended Practices for the Maintenance of Infill Surfaces for NFL Games.
Visual Inspection – The playing surface should be free of any defects or foreign objects through the visual inspection methods as stated in the Recommended Practices for the Maintenance of Infill and Natural Surfaces for NFL Games.
For each home game, clubs are responsible for having the field manager and his staff available to address any playing surface issues.
The same NFL that talks about protecting the shield, is now responsible for Chris Clemons and Robert Griffin III’s knee injuries.
BEST OF MAXIM
It’s no secret that Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is one of the finest trash talkers in the NFL. He did his share of it during the widl card playoff game against the Redskins and, lucky for us, two things happened: 1. Trent Williams got mad enough to confront Sherman after the game and punch him in the face. 2. Richard Sherman was mic’d up. We get to hear the...
When Seattle took on Washington in the NFC Wild Card playoff matchup Richard Sherman was all over the field. Although he did not have a direct impact in the box score he was locking down receivers and laying licks on Redskins players all night long.
Sherman is known as a lock-down defender and is arguably the best cornerback in the NFL this year. The Redskins dominated the first...
The Seattle Seahawks impressed the football world last week with their comeback victory in Washington. As a reward for their efforts they earned themselves a trip to Atlanta to take on the top-seeded Falcons with a trip to the NFC championship game on the line. Despite the Falcons’ inability to win in the playoffs with Matt Ryan at quarterback, the Seattle Seahawks will still...
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch missed practice
for the second straight day on Thursday due to his lingering foot injury,
reports Curtis Crabtree of Pro Football Talk.
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch missed
practice for the second straight day to a lingering foot injury.
Crabtree points out that seeing Lynch’s name on the Seahawks’
Ian Rapoport reports that the Seattle Seahawks will sign DE Patrick Chukwurah.
Chukwurah has been the leader in sacks for the past two seasons while playing in the United Football League.
The Seahawks also brought in Aaron Maybin, Ray Edwards, and C.J. LaBoy for tryouts, but Chukwurah wound up beating all of them out for the job.
The move was made after they lost DE Chris Clemons...
The Seattle Seahawks are set to sign veteran kicker Ryan
Longwell in an effort to add a replacement to their roster in case Steve Hauschka is unable to suit up this weekend, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport confirmed Tuesday that the team will
sign veteran kicker Ryan Longwell.
Longwell was a 15-year veteran entering the 2012 season, but
he has not...
Ever wonder how it might have been?
There are a few “what if” questions that come to mind right off the bat when it comes to the Seattle Seahawks, and I will touch on those for sure, but I want to take a look at some other questions that have had me wondering over the years.
The two big ones are Drew Bledsoe, and Super Bowl XL.
Of course they are, right? Was there any other bigger...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. That's incredible!
Around the Falcons' headquarters, the player to whom coaches most compare Seattle rookie quarterback Russell Wilson is Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton, another quarterback smaller in stature.
With the Falcons gunning for their first playoff win on Sunday in their fourth try during head coach Mike Smith's five seasons...
The slowmotion video that surfaced of Washington Redskins offensive lineman Trent Williams punching Seattle Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman after the Seahawks defeated the Redskins last week did not do the incident justince. It has been brought to our attention that not only was the incedent caught on film, it was caught on the mic that Sherman was [...]
We’ve all heard by now how bad the grass really was at FedEx Field last Sunday for the wild card round matchup between the Washington Redskins and the Seattle Seahawks.
The field, which looked dangerous from the get-go, proved to be harmful. Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III reaggravated a knee injury that led to surgery, and the Seahawks moved on to the divisional round...
For years, stats geeks and old-schoolers have been fighting over the importance numbers and trends possess when it comes to predicting future outcomes. The champion of the stats side of that argument is Nate Silver, who comes from the world of sabermetrics and who also happened to use his advanced system to predict the winner of all 50 states and all but one Senate race in November...
Russell Wilson vs. Matt Ryan. One guy is a rookie, kind of that “other guy” in the Rookie of the Year discussion, but when you watch him, maybe he is “the guy” of the same discussion. The guy who has led the Seahawks to a surprising 11-5 record and, as of late, has his team playing [...]