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49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks on Robert Griffin III: ‘He shouldn’t be playing’

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San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks said what we all have been thinking.

Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III has struggled this season. He completed 11-of-27 passes for 127 yards and threw one interception (no touchdowns) during a 27-6 loss against San Francisco on Monday. Griffin, who had a 58.7 passer rating, was sacked four times and hit on seven occasions.

The second-year quarterback has been ineffective this season, and Washington’s 3-8 record reflects Griffin’s struggles. He has played so poorly, it is now fair to wonder why he has not been benched in favor of Kirk Cousins.

"He's obviously a man and he makes his own decisions, but I personally don’t feel he should be playing right now," Brooks told

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Brooks based his opinion on the knee injury Griffin sustained in a January playoff loss against Seattle, which required surgery.

"I don’t think he should be playing," Brooks told "You can see it. Everybody can see it, everybody can see it."

It might be time for Washington to admit it.

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Griffin is clearly not the quarterback he was last season. As a rookie, Griffin was responsible for 27 touchdowns (20 passing and seven rushing), and his passer rating was 102.4. He also led Washington to a 10-6 record and the playoffs.

Griffin no longer throws with confidence. He seemingly overthrows his receivers whenever he faces pressure and is hesitant to make plays with his feet. Redskins receiver Santana Moss recently criticized Griffin for not accepting blame after a recent loss against Philadelphia, which reflected poorly on the quarterback’s leadership attributes.

“He’s a man, he has the heart of a warrior and is going to go out there and play regardless of the circumstance," Brooks told “Everybody can see it. Everybody can see it. He shouldn’t be playing.”

Finally, somebody said it.

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