RAMS SCOFF AT RGIII'S ACCUSATIONS OF DIRTY PLAY
The St. Louis Rams appear more amused than insulted about Robert Griffin III's accusations that they are a cheapshot team that plays dirty.
Rams running back Steven Jackson fired back at the former Baylor quarterback with a reminder that he's in the NFL now, not college.
"It’s not the Big 12," Jackson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I don’t think we’re a dirty team. I think we’re a team that’s hungry and young and eager and ready to make a turnaround in the franchise."
Jeff Fisher -- who in his first year in St. Louis quickly has his Rams developing the same chippy reputation his Tennessee Titans teams had -- also was unruffled by RGIII's complaint.
"This is the National Football League," Fisher said. "He’s going to be a good player and if he took issue with how we played, so be it. I’m not concerned about that. I’m more concerned about the Bears," whom the Rams play Sunday.
Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar, who appeared to hit RGIII with a forearm after one play after a tackle, also weighed in with a splash of sarcasm.
Said Dunbar: "I don’t think we’re dirty. I mean, the last time I checked I took a shower a couple times a day. But it is what it is. He has his own opinion about what’s going on. He doesn’t partake in this locker room at all, so he can formulate his own opinions. We’re going to play our style of football. I’m sorry he didn’t like it, and I hope he has a good day."
The Rams were called for one late hit on Griffin during their victory against the Redskins, but Griffin contended there were plenty of things the referees missed. He had a solid game against St. Louis, going 20-for-29 for 206 yards with one interception and one touchdown throw, and he also ran 11 times for 82 yards and another two TDs. But RGIII still made a point of comparing his Week 2 experience against St. Louis to what he dealt with in Washington's opener against New Orleans.
“They were doing a lot of dirty things," Griffin said of the Rams. "I still think they have an extremely good team, that doesn’t take anything away from them, but the game was unprofessional.”
Added Griffin: "Who am I to talk? I’ve barely been a pro for very long, but from what I experienced against the Saints compared to that game, it was definitely unprofessional and it does need to be cleaned up.”
Griffin did get some vocal support from one player one the issue, albeit a Redskins teammate.
Washington defensive end Adam Carriker was injured and out of the game after only two plays, and said he thought some of the Rams' conduct was out of line.
"It looked like a dirty-ass game," Carriker said on 106.7 The Fan’s Chad Dukes radio show in Washington. "I don’t know, but it looked like they’re coached to play that way. I don’t know if that’s the truth, but that’s just what it looked like. I mean, I saw (London Fletcher) on the ground, the O-lineman jumps on him."
Carriker said the Rams' style of play also was a sideline topic of discussion throughout the game.
“You know, there were guys on the sideline talking about 'the guy was twisting my ankle under the pile,' or 'this guy was talking about I’m gonna take your knees out after a play.' Some guys said it was the dirtiest game they’d ever played in. And I’d never seen anything quite like it, just because it looked like they could explode at any second.”
-- By Tom Weir/SOTL.com