Black and Blue all over: Soldier Field turf


MIAMI -- Will the arrival of offensive coordinator Mike Martz lead to a turf swap at Soldier Field? Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune broaches that question Wednesday, and I think it’s an excellent idea.

The current grass field has to be re-sodded several times during the regular season and is annually rated as one of the NFL’s worst in a poll of players. Replacing it with FieldTurf would cost the Chicago Park District $1.5 million, but obviously wouldn’t require six-figure replacements and would pay for itself in a couple of years.

As important, it would provide a more consistent and faster surface for Martz’s offense. The Bears have always considered the dirt/grass field a home-field advantage, but it might be time to consider what is best for their own team as well. Tight end Desmond Clark, among others, have long advocated for change.

Continuing around the NFC North at the midpoint of Super Bowl week:

  • Are the Bears targeting Indianapolis assistant Alan Williams for their defensive coordinator job? Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com checks it out.

  • The Bears are targeting San Francisco assistant Shane Day as their quarterbacks coach, according to Brad Biggs of the Tribune.

  • Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Sun-Times: “The Bears never have fired a head coach during a season and have no plans to do so with [Lovie] Smith. But if they did, they have options on the staff like never before. And it's not just the former head coaches. [Dave] Toub remains one of the best special-teams coaches in the NFL and is seen widely as a possible future head coach.”

  • This is the first time in a decade that Detroit hasn’t changed either its offensive or defensive coordinator during the offseason, writes Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press.

  • Martz’s arrival spells trouble for the Lions’ troubled pass defense, writes Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com.

  • Released by Green Bay, defensive tackle Daniel Muir has turned into a reliable starter for Indianapolis. Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has more.

  • New Orleans safety Darren Sharper wonders if Green Bay safety Nick Collins will face the same fate that he did: Allowed to leave via free agency. Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel has more.

  • Jason Wilde of EPSNMilwaukee.com wonders what motives Brett Favre and agent Bus Cook would have for allowing pictures of Favre’s injuries in the NFC Championship Game to be published online.