LANDOVER, Md. (WUSA)- Critics of the tattered turf on FedEx Field came out in force after the injury of Redskin's quarterback Robert Griffin III and Seahawks star defensive end Chris Clemons during Sunday's NFC playoff contest in Washington.
"It was horrible," complained Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll on Seattle's KIRO radio Monday. "It's as bad as a field can get for being dry...and we deserve better."
Griffin did not blame the field conditions for his injury. He called the turf conditions at FedEx "part of the home field advantage" in comments to the Washington Times.
FedEx Field is Bermuda grass, which goes dormant and turns brown in cold weather, according to former golf course superintendent John McShane who now represents synthetic turf maker FieldTurf.
"You rip up clumps of it and whatnot it's not going to regenerate," McShane said. "It doesn't matter what kind of budget you have to maintain it."
Bermuda turf fields are popular in hot southern climates. Washington's variable mid-Atlantic climate is tough on almost any kind of natural turf, McShane said.