Brunell Gets Flustered
The Brunell questions will come in waves this week, out of boredom if nothing else. There were plenty of them in the locker room after yesterday's game. Randy Thomas, for example, was asked whether a QB change would cause a spark.
"What does that got to do with anything?" he responded. "I think Brunell played a good game. We just have to help him out, you know what I mean? And I think he's the leader and he's our quarterback.
Brunell, unprompted, took a lot of the blame in his press conference.
"I thought our offensive line did well protecting, I thought we ran the ball well," he said. "And so that's where we start, that's what we want to do. I thought the passing game needed to be better.....We just didn't play... I didn't play as well as I needed to, missed some opportunities, some throws, and I certainly would like a few decisions back. So it's frustrating."
And then Brunell left the press conference and went out for a Comcast spot, where he engaged in this dialogue with Steve Czaban, which is all the buzz this AM:
SC: If eliminated, if you are from the playoffs, would you tell Gibbs go ahead and play the kid, see what he can do?
MB: I don't think, uh, I don't think I would do that. I'm, I'm kind of surprised you would even ask that. Because as a quarterback and as somebody who's been around this business a long time, I enjoy competing. I enjoy being there with my teammates, and uh, you know, if I'm the starter I want to stay the starter as long as I can. And uh, you know that's how, you know, that's how you approach the game.
Now, I'm not sure how frequently pro athletes ask to be benched for the betterment of their franchise's future and the satisfaction of fans and bloggers and sports talk radio persons. I don't see why he would be in charge of evaluating his own play and making an executive decision that he should be replaced. Seems to me the team employs folks who are in charge of deciding which players should play when. MB certainly didn't seem too tickled by the question. But I guess that's what happens when you ask the coach the one question everyone wants answered and his reply is "I don't really have any initial thoughts."
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