On December 30, 2012, your Redskins welcomed the division rival Cowboys to town in a game for all of the marbles. After all was said and done, the burgundy and gold defeated Dallas 28-18 to claim the NFC East Championship and the team’s first playoff berth since 2007.
Seven days later the Redskins trotted onto their home turf of FedExField to host Seattle in a home Wild Card Playoff game. As the clock struck eight o’clock in the evening, the live another day storybook ending we had all hoped for was replaced with a feeling of despair that remains all too fresh in our minds.
However, the loss was not the only topic of conversation that day and the days thereafter.
Conversation postmortem playoff loss continued to be centered on the less-than-perfect field conditions and whether or not the Redskins, and/or the NFL, would address the issue that so many teams face towards the end of each season.
A few weeks back, CSNWashington.com reported the Redskins may use a 22 day break in the schedule away from home as an opportunity to “re-sod the middle of the field for the 1st time in stadium history…”
During his pre-draft press conference, head coach Mike Shanahan confirmed those reports saying,
“We’ve got a game plan with the drainage of our field, drainage system, that’s going to make it better. Depending how our field looks at midseason, I’m sure will determine what we do, but we’ve got a plan in place…”
Since that chill January afternoon, the NFL has publicly said it intends to increase their policing of playing surfaces beginning in 2013, but Shanahan says the team was aware of the problem well before any NFL involvement and planned to take action regardless, “…anytime you have a field like we had, we’re going to take care of it ourselves.”
Here’s the short-winded version of how a mid-season re-sod is all feasible.
The Redskins have a 22-day break in the action between their Week 9 November 3rd home game and their ESPN Monday Night Football tilt vs. San Francisco slotted for November 25th. Click here for the full schedule.
So if all goes according to plan the team will re-sod in hopes for greener pastures as next year’s season winds down.
As to where the stadium crew will work to re-sod the field coach Shanahan iterates, “…if it’s not great, we’ll re-sod everything.”
Be sure to watch Head Coach Mike Shanahan’s pre-draft press conference in its entirety above.
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