Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III declined to respond to the postgame comment Monday night by San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks (video below) that Griffin shouldn’t be playing because he isn’t healthy enough to do so.
“I do not” have a response, Griffin said Wednesday. “I appreciate his compassion. And they’re a really good defense. They played extremely well. I know their coach was excited about that. We didn’t play well. We will play better.”
According to Comcast, Brooks said after the 49ers beat the Redskins Monday night, “I don’t think he should be playing. You can see it. Everybody can see it.”
Griffin threw for only 127 yards against the 49ers and he has a passer rating this season of 81.8, down from last season’s 102.4. Coach Mike Shanahan has said he remains confident that Griffin will develop into a reliable pocket passer but that progression takes time. Griffin missed offseason practices and most of training camp after undergoing knee surgery in January. He said Wednesday that a full offseason will help him but he isn’t blaming this season’s passing issues on his lack of practice-field work last offseason.
“I think an offseason definitely helps,” Griffin said. “But I don’t use those excuses. And I won’t use that excuse. That’s for me personally. As far as the coaches are concerned, if that’s how they feel, then I can’t combat that. But for me personally, I won’t use that as an excuse.”
Griffin declined to list any personal aspirations for himself in what remains of the Redskins’ season, saying: “These next five games, our goal is to win. Period. That’s all that matters right now.”
He also dismissed speculation that there is a rift between him and his offensive linemen, based on their alleged failure to help him off the ground after sacks during games, and said he’s doing his best to deal with all the recent public dialogue about his play, leadership and other assorted issues.
“Me and my offensive linemen are fine,” Griffin said. “Let’s just cut that right there. There’s no problems there. And then when it comes to just not looking at that outside stuff, it can be hard because some way or another, somehow, things just find their way to being right in front of your eyes. In moments like this, you always say keep your head up. But right now we have to make sure that we keep our eyes on the prize, keep our head down away from everything else and really focus in on that tunnel vision that you want to have all the time. But it’s paramount right now.”
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