Chargers fine with new turf at Levi’s Field
August, 21, 2014
By Eric D. Williams | ESPN.com
SAN DIEGO – Asked if he had any issues with the field conditions at the San Francisco 49ers' new home, Levi's Stadium, San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said he had no concerns about his players taking the field on Sunday.
McCoy said his organization has been in contact with the 49ers, and that they've been assured the field will be fine and ready to go for the scheduled kickoff of 4 p.m. ET. The 49ers worked to re-sod the field at the new stadium on Thursday -- day after a public workout was cut short and moved to the regular practice fields because players were slipping.
"We take a look at every field when we go on the road," McCoy said "Players bring a number of shoes every time we go on the road. We're going to go into our normal, pregame routine of everybody walking through the field to make sure they have the right cleats on. It's no different than any other game we're playing."
Chargers linebacker Andrew Gachkar said he's taking the same approach as McCoy in terms of the field conditions. He'll bring a couple different cleats and test them out beforehand during pregame workouts to make sure he has the best footing possible.
"Honestly, I'm not concerned about it at all," Gachkar said. "The field will be the field. It will be ready. They've got to play on the same field we do."
Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano says he has more pressing concerns than the new turf at Levi's Stadium.
"There has been no discussion," Pagano said. "When we get there we will make sure we run around. Any type of new surface that you are going to you want to bring enough amount of cleats to be able to check the surface.
"I got to worry about stopping that offense. That is the most important thing."