SANTA CLARA — Ahmad Brooks answered questions at his locker Wednesday afternoon. Here’s a transcript.
Q: What happened when you didn’t play the second half against the Giants?
BROOKS: “I reacted out of my character. I did not quit on the team. I did not take myself out of the game. But words that were said by me obviously could not be taken back, so they decided not to put me back in the game. But we’re moving forward as a team. What happened happens every day in companies. If you got to work, you’re not always going to be on the same page with your co-workers. This is one of those instances. It happened on that day during the game. It happened to me. I sent my apologies to the team. Just moving forward. Still got six games left. Still have the team to make it to the Super Bowl. Still are capable of making it to the playoffs, so that’s where our focus is as a team right now.
“We don’t want to focus on the distractions. We’ve had several distractions this year. This can’t be — I can’t be a distraction, especially me being a veteran. I can’t bring that attitude to the team. I’m just looking at myself in the mirror and saying, ‘What can I do to make Ahmad Brooks better?’ Then, the team will be better.”
Q: You were told to sit on the bench and take your spats off?
BROOKS: “Nah, nah. It was just the fourth quarter and I took my spat off. But during halftime — I had a white spat on during the first half — they told me to change the color. So that’s what I did, thinking I was going to go back out there and play, but I never went back out there so I just ended up cutting them off in the fourth quarter.”
Q: At what point did you feel like an apology was necessary?
BROOKS: “On the ride back home, on the plane, I felt bad. And I didn’t like that feeling. So I decided to apologize to Jimmy Tomsula because that’s who I obviously said those words to. I apologized to him, he accepted my apology and just moving forward.”
Q: What were the words that you said to Tomsula?
BROOKS: “I’m going to keep that behind the scenes.”
Q: Jim Harbaugh just pointed to your record of 58-straight starts and how he trusts you. How much does that mean to hear that from the head coach?
BROOKS: “It means a lot, coming from him especially. He’s been a player at one point in time and he’s a National Football League head coach. He’s been in the business for a while. He understands players attitudes and how things can kind of get escalated on the sideline or even in practice or an every-day basis. So just hearing that come from him is nice.”
Q: Did you get fined?
BROOKS: “What has happened has happened. I don’t really want to answer too many questions. That’s it. I’m just going to move forward. If I got fined, I got fined.”
Q: Are you expecting to start on Sunday?
BROOKS: “Am I expecting to start? I’m expecting to play. We never discuss our schemes. We never discuss rotations with the 49ers. Whether I’m the starter or not really doesn’t matter. As long as I’m out there playing, that’s what really matters.”
Q: How do you feel about being part of a rotation where maybe everyone is not going to play all of the time?
BROOKS: “Who I am as a person and as a football player, I expect to play. That’s just who I am. I expect to play, I expect to be out there and that’s that.”
Q: You said you want to be the best Ahmad Brooks you can be. Do you think you have been up to this point this season?
BROOKS: I haven’t, not this year. I haven’t been very productive, as I’ve been. But most of the times you have ups and downs, and that’s that. Like I said earlier, I’ve got to look myself in the mirror, I’ve got to reevaluate myself as a person, as a man, and just get better. That’s all we all can ask for as human beings. I took a step back, but I’m going to keep going forward.”
Q: It seems like with the way Aaron Lynch is playing and with Aldon Smith back, what happened against the Giants could happen again in the future. Do you feel like you’re going to respond to that differently?
BROOKS: “I’m going to hope and pray that it doesn’t ever happen again. I don’t want to feel like I’m second to anybody. If it ever were to happen again, then I would just keep my mouth shut and not say anything.”
Q: There were reports a couple weeks ago that the 49ers were talking about trading you to the Browns. Did that ever come across your radar?
BROOKS: “I seen it. I seen it on twitter. This is one of the reasons why I don’t get on the computer and look for these things. There’s always a story out on something. I’m not going to pout about it, I’m not going to cry about it, but it is my job, it is my career. If I don’t speak about it then nobody is going to speak for me. I know what I’m capable of doing. We all know what I’m capable of doing. We all know what this team is capable of doing. So with that being said, we’re going to move forward. It’s a business, and even though I signed a six-year deal, it’s really a one-year deal for us all. Somebody could get injured, somebody could have a bad year, somebody could step up and just play great. It could be a rookie, it could be a third-year guy, somebody you just picked up off the street. Trade rumors are trade rumors — we hear them every day. Hopefully I don’t get traded. Hopefully I don’t leave. I don’t plan on doing that. Like I said, I’ve just got to make Ahmad Brooks better.”
Q: Do you expect to be here next year?
BROOKS: “Yeah. I mean, it’s a business. I expect to be playing in the National Football League. I expect to have a job. I expect to be out there being Ahmad Brooks. So, yeah. I’m out.”