SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – In Monday night’s 17-16 victory over the New York Giants, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III set an NFL rushing record for a rookie QB.

“Some of these young quarterbacks and what they’re doing in the NFL this year is just amazing to me,” John Madden told the KCBS morning crew. “These guys just come into the league much more prepared.”

Madden said the increasing number of teams using the running ability of quarterbacks is changing the NFL.

“Maybe that’s the way everyone is going to go, maybe that’s the way pro football is going to be,” Madden said. “There are only so many Peyton Mannings and Tom Bradys and Eli Mannings… (the traditional) three, four, five step drop, play action pass, the pocket, all those things.”

Part of the 49ers success on defense this season is due to their tackling ability. Madden said tackling should be at the top of the list when evaluating players in the draft.

“I learned that the hard way,” Madden said. “You always assume as a coach that you can teach anything, and tackling is something that you really can’t… If you’re going to play defense, one of the most important things coming in is that you have to be able to tackle.” (7:00)

Listen to the John Madden segment live weekday mornings at 8:15 on KCBS All News 740 AM/106.9 FM. And catch John’s extra report at 9:15 a.m. Mondays and Fridays during the NFL season.

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