It’s late December and it was raining. So, of course, the grass at FedEx Field on Sunday was slick and players slipped.
But given the recent history of field conditions in Landover, the playing surface inside the Redskins’ home arena was, once again, a topic of discussion Monday.
“Both teams were playing in the same conditions,” Coach Mike Shanahan said at Redskins Park. “I thought it was better than the previous two games. It was quite wet.”
The slick field also contributed to one of the turning points of the game. On the Cowboys’ go-ahead score in the fourth quarter, cornerback Josh Wilson slipped as he turned and cover Cowboys’ wide receiver Terrance Williams, who hauled in a 51-yard reception.
“It’s the end of the season and it’s going to be tough to keep the grass growing,” Wilson said after the game. “It’s definitely slick. You just have to keep your feet under you.”
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Shanahan acknowledged that he prefers natural grass, but he also said he would be open to the idea of a synthetic playing surface, though he made it clear that any decision on the field would be made by owner Dan Snyder.
After being widely criticized at the end of last season, the field at FedEx was resodded between the hashmarks midseason following the Chargers’ game on Nov. 3. But, as Shanahan said, the conditions were less than ideal in the home games that followed.
“I like grass, but I wouldn’t make that decision,” Shanahan said. “Mr. Snyder would make that decision, the person that owns the football team.”
He added: “To be honest with you, with some of the new turf they have, you always entertain the possibility. Two or three years in a row, you see how bad that field is, it’s something you would definitely look at.”