Ravens WR Torrey Smith Doesn’t Like The Grass At Heinz Field

If it were up to Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, Heinz Field would have artificial turf instead of grass.

With rain in the forecast for the Saturday night AFC Wild Card Game between the Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers, Smith recently weighed in with his concerns about the grass surface at Heinz Field.

“It’s terrible. They need to go ahead and put some turf up there or something,” Smith said Thursday. “Apparently the field gets a lot of use. That’s good for them, but it’s terrible for us playing this late [in the season]. I’m sure they’ll do a great job prepping it.”

Heinz Field can indeed get nasty when it rains and in 2009 it was voted the worst playing surface among NFL stadiums with natural grass, according to a survey done by the NFLPA. At that time, only 14 Steelers players reportedly voted the playing surface excellent or good while the other 38 voted it as being fair or poor.

The current forecast for Saturday night calls for 100 percent chance of rain. In addition, the heavy rains are expected to come right before kickoff, so Smith better wear his rubbers.

  • CodeNameJerk

    Keep the grass if not only just to upset a Raven.

  • mem359

    1) If the Ravens don’t like it, more reason to keep it.

    2) Was the field re-sodded in previous years like it was this year? I’m thinking about when Buffalo got hit by 7 ft of snow, and Heinz Field was not an option because of the work done after the high school championship games.

  • I want to see the list of all 14 players who graded it as excellent, lol. All on defense I assume. I got me a piece of the old field from when they redid it earlier this season. My cousin helped haul it out in truck and kept enough to give everyone in the family a piece for Christmas. Needless to say I’m excited about it, I can cross it off my bucket list now, lol. Go Steelers!

  • Umbra Aeternus

    Well, if he doesnt like it, he should play on the locker room or go back to baltimore to watch the game at their stadium.

  • I hope they stick w/ grass until it becomes mandatory to use turf. Hopefully that never happens though.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Someone get Torrey a Perrier and his favorite slippers. Maybe some cucumber slices for his eyes.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    He doesn’t like the grass at Heinz? Then he shouldn’t try smoking it.

  • If it’s going to be a rainy night, Harris may just get enough opportunities to show us what he’s got!

  • Paddy

    Well I think its one of the better grass fields in the NFL, looked great last week. I think the Ravens are already looking for excuses to lose. Harbaugh will soon come up with another.

  • Axe Skot

    Poor baby.

  • flyonawall

    Heinz Field has never had a good field, don’t know why that is. I do not like turf but in this case they may need to put it down.

  • Nicholas Allen Cotner

    Awww poor baby

  • AndyR34

    Just setting up his excuses early…just sayin’

  • WilliamSekinger

    That turff likely saved Bell’s knee. Just sayin

  • Derrick Johnson

    Who cares what Torrey Smith thinks, this is our house and if he don’t like the grass at heinz field then don’t play.

  • GSK

    The grass being bad at Heinz is old news…has not been a problem the last couple of years…Torrey Smith is looking for excuses already.

  • Blender898

    I like that we still have a grass field. Notre Dames stadium looks like any other old field with turf

  • steelmann58

    I will take our Grass field anyday

  • Matt Manzo

    Turf sucks!

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I agree that he should simply stop whining and play. I would feel better if the Steelers were better Mudder’s. As it is the Ravens have more fat boys on the D line that seem more suited to the wet and slippery conditions.

    Hopefully the Steelers get those long cleats on and get the edge early and often.

  • Bob Loblaw

    If we had grass at Heinz field the situation with Bell would likely be entirely different. Plus, the field looks great for this time of year, there weren’t any muddy patches from what I could see last week.

  • Seymour Bottoms

    If this is going to be a sloppy game with rain expected throughout im feeling less confident in our chances. I think those conditions favor the Ravens because it will be a running game and without Bell i think theirs is better. Probably will be quite a few turnovers too so this game is most likely going to be ugly.

  • turtlefart1

    Well Torrey, your equipment guys will have all offseason to get those “dreaded” grass stains out of your uniform.. You won’t need it after Saturday nite.

  • Lil Smitty

    I have heard otherwise concerning sloppy conditions. I have heard that wide receivers like AB, MW, and Lance Moore have the advantage when they suddenly change direction. The DBs can’t react fast enough.
    Maybe if the ball is wet Ben won’t be overthrowing his receivers early in the game.

  • mokhkw

    All the OL I’m betting, mud slows down the pass rushers.

  • mokhkw

    That’s true, advantage goes to WR v DBs when the field is muddy. Generally it doesn’t seem to affect any of the “blue chip” athletes who already have great balance & if Bell was healthy I’d expect him to not be affected either.

    Torry Smith isn’t a blue-chip athlete, that’s why he’s concerned.

  • mokhkw

    Playoff Football. Rain.Mud.Snow. I love it.

    I feel sorry for fans of Dome teams.

    Unlike the Ravens we actually have a tradition lasting more than 20 years. And all the NFL teams with the best traditions – Packers, Bears, Steelers – have grass fields.

    Maybe if Baltimore had remained the Colts instead of becoming the 3rd Browns team they might have a tradition of their own.

  • walter mason

    Im reading some ravens blogs. The ravens fans are scared and very worried

  • Jeff

    Someone should remind Torrey that Big Ben threw for 6 TDs against his team on the same “terrible” field….

  • Seymour Bottoms

    But if its going to be down pours like first reported then throwing the ball will be much harder which is why i expect alot of running in this game. If its not as much rain during the game and just sloppy conditions then the passing game should be able to go on as normal.