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Rams brush off Griffin's comments about 'dirty' play

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Associated Press
9/20/2012 6:21:55 PM
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ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams aren't losing sleep over comments questioning their style of play from Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Griffin told reporters the Rams were "dirty" and "unprofessional" during their 31-28 victory on Sunday. He claimed he was hit after plays and in other unnecessary ways.

"We're going to play our own style of football and I'm sorry he didn't like it," said Jo-Lonn Dunbar, a fifth-year linebacker who signed with the Rams during the off-season. "I hope he has a good day."

The Rams were called for one late hit on Griffin. He was hit near the sidelines and went deep into the Redskins' bench after Eugene Sims hit him near the end of the first quarter.

Griffin, the second overall selection in this year's draft with a pick obtained through a trade with the Rams, said there were plenty of things not called. He completed 20 of 29 passes for 206 yards, with a touchdown and his first career interception. He also carried the ball 11 times for 82 yards and two scores.

"They were doing a lot of dirty things. I still think they have an extremely good team, that doesn't take anything away from them, but the game was unprofessional," he said. "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."

Rams running back Steven Jackson agreed with Griffin about one thing: He has not been in the league long.

"It's not the Big 12," Jackson said referring to the league of Griffin's alma mater, Baylor. "I don't think we're a dirty team. I think we're a team that's hungry, young and eager to make a turnaround in the franchise."

Replays show what looks like Dunbar hitting Griffin with a forearm after one play as the linebacker was getting up following a tackle. Griffin threw his interception on the next play.

"I'm sorry. I guess he feels bad I did it," he said. "I don't really feel bad. But if it happened it happened. It is what it is."

Rams coach Jeff Fisher was more measured in his assessment of the rookie's comments. He said the Rams play hard until the end of the play and nobody should expect anything different. After all, he said, hard hits are part of the National Football League and he's also no longer concerned about the Redskins.

"If he took issue with how we played, so be it," he said. "I'm not concerned about that. I'm more concerned about the Bears."

The Rams (1-1) play at Chicago on Sunday.

Robert Griffin III (Photo: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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