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Old 01-04-2010   #1
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While Bill Belichick wouldn't go so far as to blame the field conditions at Houston's Reliant Stadium on the serious knee injury suffered by receiver Wes Welker during Sunday's game against the Texans, the New England Patriots coach said on Monday that he had concerns about the quality of the natural grass field before the game.

"I thought it was terrible," Belichick said on Monday afternoon during his weekly appearance on Boston sports radio 850 WEEI. "I really thought it was one of the worst fields I've seen."

Belichick said he had concerns about the playing surface after walking on the field before the game, saying certain areas seemed softer than others.

"I don't know what would have happened on another field," he said. "The quality of the field I thought was poor. I'm not saying it cost us the game, but at this level we ought to be able to play with consistency."

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In the wake of Wes Welker’s freak, non-contact injury yesterday, Patriots [team stats] coach Bill Belichick took a shot at the Reliant Stadium field today.

“It’s terrible,” Belichick said of the field. “One of the worst fields I’ve seen. For the level of play we have, I think consistency of field should be priority number one, when you talk about player safety and things like that. Player safety begins on the field.”

In his weekly interview on WEEI, Belichick pointed out that the field was spongy in some spots, wet in others, the trays of grass didn’t match and there was low grass mixed in with high grass.

In discussing the dangers of such a field, he said, “You think it’s going to grab and it gives; you think it’s going to give and it grabs; and that’s where you get those non-contact injuries like what we saw Sunday.”
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Default Re: Belichick rips turf at Texans stadium

I could see that.

Arian Foster slipped in around the same spot where Welker went down.

When they bring those trays in from outside on wet days, they can stay a little slick in spots. End of the season is an issue too, but I'm not sure it is as bad as he says though.
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Default Re: Belichick calls out the Texans field of play

i was just about to start this same thread!
pretty lame if you ask me first usa today tries to blame pollard now the hoodie is trying to blame the turf!
it was a unfortunate freak injury i know it sucks but stuff like this happens
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Default Re: Belichick rips turf at Texans stadium

Wasn't there a bowl game played earlier in the week? I wonder if that contributed to the turf being in the condition it was in...
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Default Re: Belichick calls out the Texans field of play

Somebody brought it up in the coaches show on 610 and Kubiak had no idea... he seemed to be pretty surprised actually. He actually complimented the crew on the work they do in getting the field in game shape every week,etc.
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Default Re: Belichick rips turf at Texans stadium

yes the texas bowl was played there on new years eve!
it sucks that welker got hurt on a freak play but it is what it is reminds me of jammal anderson when he played the blue stars in dallas made a cut with no one near him and boom goes the dynamite!
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Default Re: Belichick rips turf at Texans stadium

Kubiak politely took exception with that comment. He said he thought the turf was fine.

Not exactly "eff you, Belichick" but about as close as GK will ever come.
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Default Re: Belichick rips turf at Texans stadium

The field does start to look kind of funky at the end of the year. It kind of gets a wierd checkerboard look with squares of torn up grass mixed in with fresh tiles.

They need to replace the whole field after week 8 each season, instead of the patchwork they do now.
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quit whining hoody...
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Default Re: Belichick rips turf at Texans stadium

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I could see that.

Arian Foster slipped in around the same spot where Welker went down.

When they bring those trays in from outside on wet days, they can stay a little slick in spots. End of the season is an issue too, but I'm not sure it is as bad as he says though.
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Wasn't there a bowl game played earlier in the week? I wonder if that contributed to the turf being in the condition it was in...
I believe they have more than one "Field" - Those that were used for the bowl game were'nt likely used for the Sunday game.
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I believe they have more than one "Field" - Those that were used for the bowl game were'nt likely used for the Sunday game.
You never really know though. I remember when Reliant would host numerous soccer events and the field would be all beat up with poorly erased soccer field paint marks.
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Default Re: Belichick rips turf at Texans stadium

If you watch the teams up north playing at home , their playing on painted dirt and that's better ? I guess the worst I've seen is a couple of years ago when Miami played Pittsburg on MNF , I think they played with the leftovers from Ike coming down on them .
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blame has to be placed somewhere. here's to "homefield advantage". is this the first time someone raised hell about the field? they've been doing this for eight yrs.
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The Texans play 10 games a year there, and they aren't dropping like flies. Belichick is just b!tching, just to b!tch. It may not be perfect, but its not horrible.
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belichick is just crabby
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Default Re: Belichick rips turf at Texans stadium

Gilette Stadium's field is awful compared to Reliants

Besides don't they play on snow/ice in Foxborough like half the time? I would think that would be more conducive to non-contact injuries than a grass field
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Default Re: Belichick rips turf at Texans stadium

There are always complaints about the field, especially towards the end of a season.
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Default Re: Belichick rips turf at Texans stadium

Sounds like he is just trying to cover his ass for losing an integral player in a meaningless game for his team.
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