Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a lot of issues to sort out after posting the NFL's worst record during the 2014 season, but one big issue that has raised its head is something nothing to do with their team and more to do with the turf at Raymond James Stadium.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was the most impressive offensive player during the 2014 NFL season and was voted the league's MVP as a result. But just because he's hit the offseason don't think he's stopped playing on the offensive by any means.
Rodgers newest target though is the turf at Raymond James Stadium, turf that he blames for the calf injury that severely hindered him throughout the playoffs. Packers fans will be interested to hear that Rodgers also blames the same field for the shoulder injury that he sustained back in 2008.
Rodgers slams Tampa's turf
If you were a casual observer you would think that Rodgers has an issue with the Buccaneers, but he's not the only player to have complained about the turf at Raymond James Stadium.
Star rookie Jadeveon Clowney also had deep reservations about the Raymond James Stadium turf, with Clowney claiming that a hole in the turf was responsible for his injury. Rodgers definitely agrees that there are major issues in Tampa and he revealed his thoughts this week on his radio show.
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"The calf was, in my opinion, due to the poor surface in Tampa," Rodgers revealed, NFL.com reported. "Tampa is where I hurt my shoulder as well, back in 2008, and I think that there needs to be looked at some more uniformity as far as the field conditions."
Rodgers urges NFL to act
Rodgers' claim certainly adds weight to any argument when you consider that's he's currently the top QB in the NFL. And the Packers leader wasn't about to back down on his stance, adding that he wants the NFL to sort it out.
"I think there's a couple of surfaces that are more likely to create injury than prevent injury. There's some incredible surfaces in the NFL. There's some ones that I think need to be looked at. Tampa is one of them because of the amount of play, I think, that happens there," added Rodgers.
"When you put down so much sod and it's very uneven and soft, I think it can lend to more injuries. I've played there three times and been hurt there, in my opinion directly related to the field, twice."