Ahmad Brooks: RGIII still isn’t 100 percent


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Author’s Note: In honor of Thanksgiving week, I’m only posting silliness for the next few hours. Or things that could be accused of being silliness. Enjoy.

As noted previously, Ahmad Brooks told CSN Washington’s JP Finlay on Sunday that he doesn’t think Robert Griffin III should be playing. Wednesday morning on ESPN Radio, he elaborated, explaining that he wouldn’t have been able to catch RGIII from behind were the quarterback was at full strength.

“The comments that I made about RGIII, it was nothing personal, it was nothing negative,” Brooks explained. “It was more of me taking his side. Because I’m an athlete. I’m a football player. I’ve obviously been through similar situations, where you’re kind of forced to go out there and play. I mean, you’ve got a lot of people rooting you on, you’ve got a lot of people depending on you, you’re depending on yourself to do what you did last year, to do what got you this far in your career. But you’re still a young man. You’re only in your second year. And that’s all I was actually trying to say. It was nothing negative towards RGIII. I respect him. I seen what he can do when he’s 100 percent, and yeah, I wouldn’t have caught him, you know what I mean? He runs a 4.3. I wouldn’t have caught him. So that’s all I was saying.”

Then Brooks and the hosts talked a bit about how Griffin was hurt last year, and how he played in the playoffs, and his offseason surgery. Because most interviews with 49ers defenders focus on Redskins quarterbacks.

“I suspect that at the beginning of the season he wasn’t ready,” Brooks concluded. “I could see if they would have had him wait until week 8 or something like that, for him to fully get his strength back and his confidence back. Because all of that stuff is mental. The decisions that he made Monday night, if he was 100 percent healthy, he wouldn’t have made those decisions. It’s kind of like he’s second guessing what he should do rather than just doing it, you know what I mean? And that’s all I was saying.”

Fun fact: Ahmad Brooks was the first athlete I interviewed for The Post who went on to become famous. It was a Hylton vs. Gar-Field basketball game in February of 2002. I was not then dreaming of blogs, or RGIII, or sports-radio transcripts.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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