QB Mark Brunell - Free Agent
|6-1, 215||Born: 9-17-1970||College: Washington||Drafted: Round 5, pick 0|
2011 Week 14 vs KC (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Brunell came into the game early in the fourth quarter after Sanchez had been in a fourth down play which came dangerously close to getting the young starter hurt. Brunell did not attempt a pass, handing the ball off eleven times.
2010 Week 4 vs BUF (1 / 1 / 7 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
When the game was pretty much locked down, the Jets pulled many of their key starters and Brunell got some mop up work. He was not required to do much of anything, although had good velocity and accuracy on his pass to tight end Ben Hartsock. He should be a serviceable back up for the Jets if they need him to be.
2010 Week 17 vs BUF (6 / 12 / 110 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Brunell stepped in to start the Jets' second series and looked a bit rusty to start off. Some of that rust showed in the third quarter when he stared down running back Joe McKnight on a short route. Bills safety Jairus Byrd read him the whole way and stepped in for an easy interception he ended up taking back for a touchdown. It was a bad play all the way around and one that happens when you spend the better part of several seasons on the bench. However, Brunnell can be an incredibly accurate passer as well and had showed that on his touchdown to Santonio Holmes in the second quarter. Holmes had a step on Bills corner Drayton Florence but Florence was still in a position to make a play, and had safety help coming over. Brunnel threw a nice pass between the two defenders to where only Holmes could make a play and the reliable receiver caught it for a touchdown. Brunnell had a decent day, but would have to step up his play if he came into action against a good defense. Still he's what the Jets wanted - an experienced hand who can step in if Sanchez goes down.
2009 Week 6 vs NYG (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Brunell got in for some mop-up duty, but didn't throw a pass.
2009 Week 17 vs CAR (15 / 29 / 102 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Brunell started in NFL game for the 1st time in years in week 17 for the Saints and it was ugly to say the least. He was saddled with an extremely conservative game plan and his timing was slightly off with his receivers all afternoon. He underthrew speedster Robert Meachem on an out route to start the 2nd half. Brunell looked mostly indecisive and when he was under pressure he made poor decisions. He had the Saints in position to make a game out of it late, however he threw an INT to Julius Peppers to end his day. Back to the bench for the likeable but declining Brunell.
2006 Week 1 vs MIN (17 / 28 / 163 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)
Brunell failed to make enough plays to carry the Redskins to victory. He threw three laterals to Santana Moss, the first of which went for a 23 yard gain. He also scrambled well for a first down on the Redskins' opening possession. Brunell found Santana Moss in the end zone for what would have been a 27 yard score, but the ball was knocked loose by Darren Sharper. Brunell threw a poor pass on an intended screen to Ladell Betts and DE Ray Edwards almost intercepted it for what would have been an easy touchdown. Brunell fumbled once but the Redskins recovered the ball.
2006 Week 2 vs DAL (18 / 32 / 197 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 15 / 0 rush)
Brunell faced consistent pressure from the Dallas pass rush, and his totals reflected it. He was sacked six times and knocked down many more. Brunell finished with just less than 200 yards passing, although this number was padded by increased late game passing. He looked his best in the two-minute drill, where he made excellent decisions and crisp throws. He made a couple of plays running the ball as well. His favorite targets were Ladell Betts and Santana Moss.
2006 Week 3 vs HOU (24 / 27 / 261 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)
This was one for the record books. Brunell completed 22 passes in a row, surpassing the old single passing mark in a game of 21 straight completions set by Oakland's Rich Gannon against Denver on November 11, 2002. Brunell hit eight different receivers while throwing for 261 yards and one touchdown. Many of his passes were thrown short, but he still was able to get the ball down field enough to keep the defense honest. His touchdown pass went to Antwaan Randle El.
2006 Week 4 vs JAX (18 / 30 / 329 / 3 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Brunell played a smart game, taking what the defense gave him, and putting his receivers in position to make plays. He was accurate with his short and intermediate throws, and typically found the open receiver in situations where they were able to gain significant yards after the catch. He showed a strong command of the offense and took advantage of a strong running game to set up a lot of his passes.
2006 Week 5 vs NYG (12 / 22 / 109 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Brunell posted a weak game. He finished with only 109 passing yards. Brunell didn't have any interceptions, but he did throw three potential ones that were dropped by New York defenders. He was harassed throughout the game by the Giants' pass rush, getting sacked three times total.
2006 Week 6 vs TEN (16 / 30 / 180 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 3 / 0 rush)
Brunell was able to lead the Redskins' offense to touchdowns on their first two possessions completing six of seven passes making it look too easy. However, the well went dry very fast. The Tennessee defense tightened up and dared Brunell to beat them deep, but a combination of poor play calling mixed with inaccurate passing allowed the Titans to creep back into the game. Brunell struggled to keep the Washington offense moving. After going to the locker room with the lead the Redskins failed to get a first down on six of eight second half possessions. His lone highlights in the second half were a beautifully thrown deep ball to WR Brandon Lloyd for 52 yards, and a strike in the back of the end zone to WR Santana Moss to convert a two point conversion tying the game, but it was far too little too late.
2006 Week 7 vs IND (27 / 37 / 226 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Brunell had an accurate and mistake-free game throwing the football. He distributed his passes to eight different receivers, primarily targeting wide receivers Moss and Lloyd in the first half, while frequently checking down to Ladell Betts in the second. Brunell connected with tight end Chris Cooley for a 13 yard touchdown in the first half, and hit James Thrash for a score late in the game. The touchdown was relatively meaningless, as the outcome was already determined and the Redskins were simply trying to end the game on a positive note. Brunell completed 73% of his pass attempts. He was under seemingly constant harassment from the Colts' pass rush, although he was only sacked once. Brunell took several hits in the game and was seen at various times to be in pain or limping. He finished the game strong though, and whatever injuries ailed him didn't seem to affect his performance. There is rumbling about a QB change to the young Jason Campbell but quarterback play doesn't seem to be the problem with this team.
2006 Week 9 vs DAL (14 / 23 / 192 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)
Brunell did nothing spectacular, but his team took the game. He certainly felt the absence of big play WR Santana Moss who was inactive due to a hamstring injury. Brunell connected for only 192 yards on 14 of 23 passing, but took full advantage of a plethora of Dallas Cowboy penalties. He completed only five passes to his wide receivers, choosing to focus more on TE Chris Cooley and his running backs. Cooley caught Brunell's only touchdown pass.
2006 Week 10 vs PHI (16 / 31 / 132 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Brunell struggled throughout the first half, completing only eight of 20 passing attempts, and went into halftime with just 86 yards. Brunell did not get enough time to make decisions, and his accuracy suffered as a result. The lack of protection forced him to dump off many of his passes to his running backs or tight ends, limiting the team's yardage totals and eliminating the big play possibility. Brunell was statistically better in the second half, completing eight of 11 passes, but was unable to get his team into the endzone and back into the game. His only interception of the game was a costly one, as it was returned for a touchdown. Brunell finished the game with 132 yards and an interception.
2006 Week 17 vs NYG (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Brunell stepped in for starting QB Jason Campbell near the end of the second quarter when Campbell took a ferocious hit and took a long time to make it to the sidelines. He went back to the bench after one series finishing the first half.
2005 Week 1 vs CHI (8 / 14 / 70 / 0 / 0 pass, 5 / -2 / 0 rush)
Brunell did not start the game, but entered in the second quarter after Patrick Ramsey left with a neck injury. Brunell did not look particularly sharp, only throwing for 70 yards on 14 passes. However, Brunell did not turn the ball over and the Redskins scored all nine of their points for the game while he was in the game. Ramsey was medically cleared to play in the third quarter, but HC Joe Gibbs stuck with Brunell for the rest of the game.
2005 Week 2 vs DAL (20 / 34 / 291 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 35 / 0 rush)
Brunell looked worse than his stat line indicated, especially in the first three quarters of the game. He more than made up for that by hitting Santana Moss on scoring strikes of 39 and 70 yards in the fourth quarter. Most of the game found Brunell dumping off short passes for minimal gains; otherwise his passes were floating on him, and his missed several receivers high and even badly behind on some occasions. Brunell was sacked five times, and pressured many more, but he managed to make some plays by scrambling away from pressure, and even added 35 yards on four carries. His lone interception came on a poor pass where he locked onto his target and failed to read the proper coverage, making Terrance Newman's pick look easy.
2005 Week 4 vs SEA (20 / 36 / 226 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 16 / 0 rush)
Brunell orchestrated drives of 15, 12, and 16 plays during the first half chewing up nearly 22 minutes of the clock. He was able to coolly stand in the pocket surveying the field while converting an impressive eight of eleven on third down. Brunell appeared to be radar locked on WR Santana Moss, especially when he needed a play in a crucial situation. Brunell nearly had a touchdown pass to Moss during the second period. He ended up with a touchdown pass later on in the drive regardless. Both touchdown passes from Brunell were from inside the five yard line off of play action. He also showed a willingness to scramble for yards reminding fans that he's always been a mobile quarterback. His 18 yard run on third and long in overtime was a huge play. Brunell's singular error came at the end of regulation. He looked a bit nervous in the pocket and tried to dump off a quick pass to RB Clinton Portis. The ball was off target and a diving Portis had the ball go off his finger tips before being intercepted. Had PK Josh Brown made his field goal attempt at the end of regulation most fans would have pointed to this one play when looking to place blame.
2005 Week 5 vs DEN (30 / 53 / 322 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 17 / 0 rush)
Brunell had another good day passing the ball despite the horrid weather conditions. He surpassed 300 yards passing for the first time this season. He was able to utilize receivers other than Santana Moss better than any other game so far, connecting regularly with David Patten and Chris Cooley in particular. Santana Moss was once again his favorite receiver, targeted 14 times by Brunell. Cooley was utilized in motion regularly and worked free underneath and on swing passes to either side. Patten was utilized on a series of short hitch passes, taking advantage of clear blitzes. Moss was the main target down the field. Brunell seemed unaffected by the wet weather, and his precise throws kept the Redskins in the game. Most of his passes were to the left side, but that tendency wasn't keyed on by the Broncos. On the last play of the first half, Brunell displayed amazing arm strength on a play that didn't matter, throwing a Hail Mary to the back of the end zone some 60 yards away. He was also able to use his legs a little, scrambling for 14 yards on an important third down play. In the end, Brunell had his pass tipped on a two point conversion attempt that would have tied the game. It appeared that he had enough room to run the ball in, but he was focused on his receivers and may have missed that opportunity.
2005 Week 6 vs KC (25 / 41 / 331 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
Brunell was forced, because of the ineffectiveness of the running game, to throw 41 times in this game, and was moderately successful. For the second consecutive week he surpassed 300 yards passing, after only doing that once in all of the 2004 season. He was most effective rolling out to his left, and the Redskins continued to employ this even after it became obvious the defense was cheating to that side. Both of Brunell's touchdown passes inside the red zone, in fact, came on rollout passes to the left. For most of the game, Brunell was able to mix his throws among his two favorite receivers, Santana Moss and Chris Cooley, and was able to effectively move the ball. His main problem was in securing the football. Brunell's fumble on the Redskins' first possession killed a 13 play drive. He also fumbled later on in the first half attempting to run for a first down, failing to secure the ball in the open field. Brunell had a chance to tie the game on a last gasp heave to Santana Moss with under 30 seconds left, but at the last second the pass was tipped away by Sammy Knight.
2005 Week 7 vs SF (13 / 20 / 252 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Brunell had another outstanding game passing the football, surpassing 250 yards for the fourth game this season. He easily could have accumulated more statistics, but he was pulled from the game after the third quarter with his team ahead comfortably. He was able to distribute the ball among many different receivers, completing passes to six different teammates. His favorite target yet again was Santana Moss, who he connected with for a 43 yard touchdown off of broken coverage in the second quarter. Brunell didn't feel much pressure, only being sacked once, and had tons of time to find open receivers. In the red zone, Brunell looked to Mike Sellers twice for touchdowns as the defense paid attention to more visible targets.
2005 Week 8 vs NYG (11 / 28 / 65 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Brunell had a bad outing, his first of the season. The Giants' defense, thirty-first in the league in yards allowed entering the weekend, appeared to confuse Brunell, who took a number of coverage sacks and was indecisive all day. When Brunell did find a target to throw to his receivers didn't help him out, dropping the pass outright or looking up field before the ball was secured and dropping it as a consequence. The Redskins were not able to gain a first down until their fourth drive, and were not able to advance into Giants' territory until after Brunell had been replaced by Patrick Ramsey with the game out of hand. Brunell threw a costly interception near the end of the first half with the Redskins driving that gave the giants another scoring opportunity. Once down by multiple scores and forced to use spread formations, Brunell was under pressure constantly and couldn't find time to throw.
2005 Week 9 vs PHI (21 / 29 / 224 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 4 / 0 rush)
Brunell had a strong performance in the game, despite having no touchdown passes. He moved around well in the pocket, buying time to find open receivers. He made smart accurate throws, and avoided throwing any interceptions. He showed excellent touch on several passes and then a strong arm when it was needed.
2005 Week 10 vs TB (23 / 35 / 226 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 15 / 0 rush)
Brunell started off very badly, giving Tampa three turnovers in the first half. His first interception wasn't entirely his fault, as David Patten was roughed up by Juran Bolden and the ball essentially was stolen from his grasp. The pass was a bit later than it needed to be though. His second interception was ill-advised, as he threw a screen to Santana Moss who was well covered by Bolden. The ball was tipped and Simeon Rice would intercept it. On the very next possession, Brunell tried to evade the pass rush to the left sideline, attempting to outrun Simeon Rice. That wasn't a smart decision, as Rice brought him down to the ground and forced a fumble. These three turnovers resulted in 14 Tampa Bay points, putting the Redskins behind early on. Brunell would recover, however, and was able to systematically pick apart the Bucs defense for the remainder of the game. The Redskins would score touchdowns on their first three possessions of the second half, two on passes from him. Brunell threw a pass out to his favorite red zone target, Mike Sellers, for the first touchdown, and would add two points more on a pass to Clinton Portis after a rollout to the left. On the next drive, he threw a beautiful pass down the middle of the field to Ladell Betts for a touchdown. He would hit his tight ends/H-backs ten times during the afternoon, going to Chris Cooley especially on key short yardage plays.
2005 Week 11 vs OAK (14 / 32 / 155 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)
Brunell had a day to forget, as he struggled to lead his team down the field. He appeared jittery in the pocket, and with his main target in Santana Moss taken out of the picture, he was unable to find alternatives. He attempted to make a target out of Taylor Jacobs, throwing the ball downfield hoping Jacobs could make something of it, but it didn't happen. After James Thrash's injury late in the second quarter the Redskins were left with only two healthy receivers, and they were forced to play formations using extra tight ends exclusively. Brunell got his bell rung in the second quarter, as he collided heads with a Raiders defender and broke his helmet. He was forced to take a timeout to repair his helmet, but after that hit he wasn't the same, appearing tentative. He overthrew receivers regularly in the second half, and was unable to lead his team to any scoring opportunities.
2005 Week 12 vs SD (17 / 27 / 194 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)
Brunell had about the most average day an NFL quarterback has ever had. He didn't make glaring mistakes, he was never really close to being intercepted, and didn't have any really poor decisions. On the flipside, there was nothing spectacular about his play, and he didn't do much to enable his team to win. The Redskins rarely sustained drives, and punted nine times compared to just 15 first downs. The inability to move the football falls squarely on Brunell, though as mentioned above, with the type of game he played it's tough to say he's the main reason for the loss. Simply put, he had an average game against a below-average pass defense, and his owners should have expected more.
2005 Week 13 vs STL (14 / 21 / 156 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 0 / 0 rush)
The conservative game plan of Joe Gibbs and his coaching staff is really cutting into Mark Brunell's fantasy numbers. Brunell attempted only 21 passes in the game and his longest completion went for only 30 yards, though his team didn't enjoy a two-possession lead until late in the fourth quarter. At least he was efficient in the second half, completing all eight of his pass attempts for 100 yards and a touchdown to tight end Chris Cooley. He finished with 14 of 21 for 156 yards and no interceptions.
2005 Week 14 vs ARI (18 / 28 / 122 / 0 / 3 pass, 3 / -2 / 0 rush)
Brunell had his worst half of the season completing ten of 18 passes for 59 yards and three interceptions in the opening stanza. He had a much more efficient second half as the team turned the game over to the running game and shorter, safer passes. Brunell finished without a touchdown and 18 of 28 for 122 yards.
2005 Week 15 vs DAL (12 / 20 / 163 / 4 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Brunell threw three sharp touchdown passes to Chris Cooley in the first half and a fourth to Mike Sellers. He was not often called to pass, but when he did, he was accurate, managing the game well. He also connected with Santana Moss on two well thrown passes that helped to set up two touchdowns.
2005 Week 16 vs NYG (7 / 11 / 112 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)
Brunell was extremely solid in this game. He didn't throw the ball much in his three quarters of action, but when he did throw, he did so effectively. He had two touchdown strikes to Santana Moss (for 17 and 59 yards each). He threw one costly interception that was returned for a touchdown in the first quarter. He was replaced by backup Patrick Ramsey in the third quarter when he sprained his knee.
2005 Week 17 vs PHI (9 / 25 / 141 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 9 / 0 rush)
Brunell started the game despite being hampered by a knee injury. The knee limited his mobility, especially early in the game, and also seemed to contribute to some errant throws. Brunell did just enough in this game to allow his team to win, throwing a nice deep ball to Santana Moss and avoiding any critical errors. Brunell threw a short touchdown pass to Mike Sellers for the Redskins' first score. He was intercepted late in the first half on a deep pass.