Greg Jennings says Soldier Field turf 'probably the worst' in the league
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.
| January 18, 2011; 2:05 PM ET
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