The NFL is apparently playing the Blame Game
Super Bowl LVII was marred by several controversies, but one that continues to garner attention is the condition of the playing surface at State Farm Stadium.
Recent reports suggest that the NFL has shifted blame onto the players for the excessive slipping and sliding during the game.
According to an undisclosed source cited by ProFootballTalk, the league privately accuses the players of wearing inappropriate cleats or footwear during the game held in February.
The NFL has an unofficial excuse for the situation, one that has been communicated when owners ask about it. Per a league source, the league blames the players for not wearing the right shoes.
The NFL privately blamed the slipping and sliding in Super Bowl LVII on the players wearing the wrong cleats. https://t.co/p1Rl7FwZPp
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) July 3, 2023
However, this explanation is difficult to accept, considering that the Philadelphia Eagles changed their cleats mid-game in an effort to adapt to the field conditions, yet they still faced difficulties.
Fans overwhelmingly believe that the fault lies with the field itself, which had also been used in the Fiesta Bowl between TCU and Michigan just a month prior.
One user pointed out the recurring issue with the field in Arizona, stating, “This isn’t a new thing for Arizona’s ridiculous field. It happens every time.” Another fan expressed a preference for keeping the field chewed up rather than constantly resodding it.
Yet another fan emphasized that while both teams faced significant issues, the responsibility ultimately lies with the NFL.
It is clear that this controversy will continue to be a subject of discussion for years to come.