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Posted at 2:05 PM ET, 01/18/2011

Greg Jennings says Soldier Field turf 'probably the worst' in the league

By Cindy Boren

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See any grass? (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune)

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings doesn't really care for the turf -- what turf? -- at Soldier Field, where the Packers will play the Chicago Bears in the NFL championship game Sunday. Nobody does. That's because it doesn't really exist.

"It's rough," Jennings said. "It's probably one of the worst -- probably the worst -- in the league."

On Sunday, players were leaving divots and the field was slippery when snow started falling. The ground was hard as concrete and two Seahawks players suffered concussions in Sunday's loss to the Bears. The field isn't necessarily an advantage for the Bears, though.

"You have to go out before the game, pregame, and kind of get a feel of what you're working with, what you're dealing with, get your footing, because that's going to play a huge, huge role in the game," Jennings said. "But you can't allow that to affect the way you play."

Even Bears players have expressed displeasure with the field.

"It's the middle of January in Chicago," Bears tight end Greg Olsen said. "We've had a lot of snow, cold, whatnot. You don't have to be a scientist to know grass doesn't grow in these conditions. So they've tried to maintain it the best you can. Obviously, yesterday it snowed pretty much throughout the game. That makes it wet. ... By the end of the game, it's sloppy and chopped up. It is what it is."

The NFL is expected to monitor the situation, which seems pretty unfixable at this point.

By Cindy Boren  | January 18, 2011; 2:05 PM ET
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I hope they don't wind up tearing up that wonderful field and replacing it with a carpet. Football is supposed to be muddy.

Posted by: doubleuefwhy | January 18, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

I know that Bears' management probably isn't much brighter than your average Bears fan, so someone high up in NFL Central should whack them upside the head and force them to put in a 21st century playing field.

That way we'd get to see some real football, rather than the slop that so often passes for good football at Soldiers Field.

Posted by: loulor | January 18, 2011 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations Jason Campbell life is good off the Washington football team!
Your new boss, Joe Jackson, has been touted for his player development skills and leadership acumen. Those qualities are lacking in the Shanahans – Mike and Kyle. You are blessed! You are mature. Your motivation to defeat the Washington football will come from your higher self not: who’s sorry now?

Posted by: gvaway | January 18, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

The City of Chicago owns Soldier Field, not the Bears. From all accounts the Bears would be open to field turf but the city isn't crazy about the idea since then they wouldn't be able to host FIFA soccer games. Both teams play on it and it isn't even a fraction as dangerous as the turf of the 80's and 90's. But I enjoy how Ms. Boren eludes to the frozen turf and not Kellen Davis' knee being the cause of Trufant's concussion. Great article though. Really.

Posted by: Wilbon33 | January 18, 2011 5:40 PM | Report abuse

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