Field conditions at Super Bowl LVII were among the key topics of conversation following the Kansas City Chiefs’ 38-35 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles and were still in the spotlight nearly five months later.
According to Pro Football Talk, the field conditions at State Farm Stadium were a topic of conversation among team owners and the NFL is blaming players for not wearing the correct cleats, even as the Eagles are reportedly they changed shoes at halftime.
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Eagles cornerback Darius Slay and Detroit Lions safety CJ Gardner-Johnson, who was with the Eagles last season, commented on the report. As Slay tweeted that there should be nothing more to talk about with training camp about to start, Gardner-Johnson wanted to play the Super Bowl again, vowing that Philadelphia’s defensive line would have destroyed the Chiefs’ offensive line.
However, Orlando Brown Jr. put an end to that very quickly.
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Brown was on the Chiefs’ offensive line during the Super Bowl before leaving for the Cincinnati Bengals in the offseason. He scouted it for the former Eagles defensive back.
«Talk turf on the biggest stage… Y’all plan was to win with games when running 4 with a mix of man and zone thinking s—was coming home,» he wrote on Twitter. «On top of that they all ran 5 with Cov 1 and a touch of 3! Let’s not act like the course helps me stop a bull run I have to put cleats in the ground to stop it. If anything it helped them to you! everything!!»
George Toma has been involved in Super Bowl field preparations for decades and shared his theory in February about what may have caused problems at State Farm Stadium. He told ESPN at the time that he believed the grass was overwatered.
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Whatever the problem, it was clearly a factor in the game.