The Washington Times - November 27, 2013, 04:42PM

Trent Williams adamantly denied on Wednesday any notion that Robert Griffin III is purposely not being helped to his feet by his offensive linemen after he’s sacked or tackled, calling such claims “ridiculous.”

Griffin was sacked four times in the Washington Redskins’ 27-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday and also had six other rushing attempts, though he either got out of bounds or slid at the end of the play.

Fan-oriented web sites posted photos of the Redskins quarterback having to pick himself up off the ground, rather than getting a hand from his teammates. On one occasion, with seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Griffin was sacked by outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks and defensive tackle Demarcus Dobbs, and defensive tackle Justin Smith was the one who helped Griffin to his feet.

“That’s just some dumb-a— s–,” Williams, the Redskins’ left tackle, said. “Come on now. When you’re losing, people are gonna start throwing around stuff and just come up with stuff. I don’t really know what they’re trying to get at, that we didn’t [help him up]? I mean, what does that say? I know what you’re saying, but that s– is ridiculous, man.”

Right tackle Tyler Polumbus was surprised by the assertion that there was any type of malice by offensive linemen toward the quarterback.
“To be honest – I don’t even know what you’re talking about,” Polumbus said. “It’s definitely not a thing. Whatever is being discussed is not a thing.”

Williams, who represents the offense as a team captain with Griffin, said that the assaults on the quarterback’s character and leadership style over the past few weeks are off base.

“It’s dumb,” Williams said. “I haven’t seen Robert have a verbal altercation or anything with even an opponent since he’s been here, so for somebody to say that we don’t like him, or for anybody to have any type of ill will toward Robert, they’re probably just messed up as a person, in my eyes.”