Phil Simms blasts Miami Dolphins’ playing surface on ‘Inside the NFL’

Divots are visible as Dolphins cornerback Bobby McCain celebrates a defensive stop against the Raiders. (Andres Leiva / The Palm Beach Post)

The grass at Hard Rock Stadium continues to take a beating, and not just from the guys who play on it.

On this week’s “Inside the NFL” on Showtime, analyst Phil Simms blasts the conditions of the playing surface at Hard Rock, where there have been season-long problems trying to get the grass to cooperate. That includes Sunday’s 27-24 loss to the Oakland Raiders.

“Did you watch the Sunday night game down in Miami?” Simms says to kick off his rant. “You know, those are professional football players on the field. Did you see the field and conditions? It really bothered me. There are guys — Ndamukong Suh — there are players out there that really could have been hurt because of the condition of that field.”

That’s when Boomer Esiason chimes in.

“You should have seen the condition of that field for Super Bowl 23,” says Esiason, whose Bengals lost to the 49ers in that game. “It was worse than that.”

Not done, Simms adds, “But no, it really did bother me. In this day and age that you can’t have a great surface for all these guys? I thought that they were lucky somebody didn’t get hurt.”

The field can take a pounding when the University of Miami plays the day before the Dolphins host a game.

Sunday night, on a freshly sodded surface, there was a downpour just before kickoff, setting off a chain of events (not to mention setting off Simms).

More issues could be on the horizon. UM plays Virginia on Nov. 18. The next day, the Dolphins host Tampa Bay in a makeup for the season-opener wiped away by Irma.

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