Jay Cutler piles on, rips Soldier Field playing surface

Plenty of players have criticized the natural grass playing surface at Soldier Field.

Add Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to the growing list of those piling on.

The Chicago Park District, which owns and operates the stadium, has re-sodded the field in preparation for Sunday’s game with the New England Patriots. By Sunday, the surface will have had a little more than a week to settle in.

"The turf is what it is," Cutler said. "With our speed, we would like to get something a little bit tighter, but we probably have one of the worst fields in the league at this point. We did last year as well.

"We have to deal with it, and our guys know it. They are aware of how to cut and how to move on it. It’s a shame.”

Soldier Field has consistently ranked near the bottom in surveys done every other year by the NFLPA. Typically, Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field usually is ranked lower.

“It's supposed to be a slower track out there and I've heard it's not in that great of shape and they've re-sodded it and everything like that,'' Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker said in a conference call. "You just have to make sure you are ready for the field conditions whatever condition it is in.”

The Park District would like to install an artificial surface because ultimately it would be much cheaper and it would allow the stadium to be used more regularly with no concern about ruining the grass. The Bears, however, have final say and for the time being they prefer natural grass.

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