Even though there were several complaints about the quality of the grass at FedEx Field in 2012, the Redskins will not go with the more popular artificial turf at their home stadium for the 2013 season. According to the Redskins beat reporter for 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C., Grant Paulsen, switching to artificial turf is "not an option" for Washington.
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Redskins general manager Bruce Allen stated on Thursday that he admitted that the Redskins missed their chance to re-sod the field at FedEx Field before the 2012 season and the team plans to re-sod based on the team's schedule for the 2013 season.
Paulsen also tweeted a message to the fans that are disappointed that the Redskins have decided not to make the switch to turf for the 2013 season, saying they shouldn't be surprised due to head coach Mike Shanahan's preference for grass fields.
The quality of the field at FedEx created some controversy following the Redskins' loss to the Seahawks in the Wild Card round of the playoffs following the 2012 regular season. The Seahawks won by a score of 24-14 and advanced to the Divisional Round, but in the process they lost defensive end Chris Clemons to a knee injury. Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III also suffered a knee injury and was forced to leave the game early as well.
In an interview following the team's win, Seahawks head coach Pete Carrol blamed the quality of the field, saying, "The field was horrible. As bad as a field can get. We deserve better." Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman also chimed in, saying that the field was awful and that there were giant divots on the surface:
"It was awful. ... There was no real traction in it. On top of [that], there were giant divots. On the field, when you cut and stuff, there are gonna be divots in the grass, but usually the grass is matted down so that the divots aren't big and they don't keep coming up. But they were friggin' potholes out there."
Shanahan addressed the quality of the field during the game in which his starting quarterback was injured, saying that he knew the field wasn't in perfect condition, but he felt it was in "OK" condition because he didn't see any players slipping.
Hopefully the Redskins are able to upgrade the quality of their field before the 2013 season begins. Nobody wants to see their favorite player lost for the season because of poor quality sod.