Sunday, November 16, 2014

Ahmad Brooks benched himself against Giants


Ahmad Brooks wasn't benched on Sunday. Rather, he benched himself.

A source told FOX Sports that Brooks was upset with the coaches' decision to take reps away from him and give them to Aldon Smith and Aaron Lynch during the team's 16-10 victory over the New York Giants. The source said Brooks told the coaches and his teammates he believed he should be playing every snap and didn't care to be part of a rotation, so he pulled himself from the game.

Multiple media reports from MetLife Stadium stated Brooks wasn't standing on the sideline in an effort to get back in the game but was rather sitting on the bench, removing his cleats and getting the tape cut off his ankles.

After the game, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said he and Brooks are "working through something" and added: "We need Ahmad Brooks to win a championship. I feel that wholeheartedly and have felt that way."

Brooks declined to address the situation in depth with reporters, though he agreed with the assessment he and Harbaugh are "working through something."

Brooks' spat with the coaching staff is the latest bit of controversy Harbaugh and his staff have had to navigate. Somehow, they're doing it well enough to be 6-4, one game out of a playoff spot in the NFC.

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