WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – San Francisco linebacker Ahmad Brooks , who got an up-close look at Robert Griffin III in a 27-6 victory over the Redskins Monday night – and had two of the 49ers’ four sacks – told CSN Washington after the game, he doesn’t feel like Griffin should even be playing.
The question that prompted Brooks’ answer – asked by CSN’s JP Finlay – was neither leading, nor did it appear to be soliciting a response specific to RGIII’s health.
“All week, a ton of RGIII stuff in the news, were you guys amped up to go against him, or how’d you feel you did,” Finlay asked Brooks in the locker room. “Numbers looked great.”
“RGIII man, me personally man, I’m not the type of person to talk about other people and what I think about other people, I mean he’s obviously a man and he makes his own decisions and whatnot, but I personally don’t feel like he should be playing right now, man,” Brooks said.
[Audio via CSN Washington]
Finlay: Really, because of the injury or what?
Brooks: Yea, I just don’t think he should be playing. That’s my opinion.
Finlay: You just don’t think he’s 100 percent?
Brooks: I don’t think so. And you can see it. Everybody can see it. Everybody can see it.
Finlay: Why do you think he’s out there then?
Brooks: Because he’s a man, he has the heart of a warrior; you know what I’m saying. He has the heart of a warrior, and a warrior’s gonna go out there and play and fight regardless of the circumstance.
Finlay: So playing him tonight versus seeing him last year, I mean, you can clearly tell that…
Brooks: Everybody can see it. Everybody can see it.
Griffin was 17-for-27 passing last night for 127 yards, zero touchdowns (when the Redskins’ desperately could have used one, or three) and threw one interception, for a 58.7 overall passer rating.
The more telling stat though is the threat of Griffin tucking the ball and running. He has 367 yards on the ground through 2013 – including 6 attempts for 22 yards against San Francisco – with no end zone appearances, as compared to the 642 yards and 6 touchdowns he had by this point last season.