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Bye, Bye Brunell

From Jason L: Former starting quarterback Mark Brunell has signed with the New Orleans Saints, according to a league source. Brunell visited the Saints this week and also drew significant interest from Atlanta and Green Bay. He was the first player Joe Gibbs pursued after returning to coaching in 2004. He was the primary starter the next two seasons before losing his starting job to Jason Campbell midway through the 2006 season.

By Emilio Garcia-Ruiz  |  March 13, 2008; 6:17 PM ET
 
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Posted by: dpslotkin | March 13, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for everything MB. You were a true class act.

Posted by: ptoro | March 13, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Well we now know that there is a god and he isnt going down on a knee and pray for him to stay in DC Thanks Mark but no thanks. Goodbye and dont let the door hit you where the good lord split you!!! HAIL TO THE REDSKINS and GO ZORN!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: bflowers1126 | March 13, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness it was the biggest waste of money. But then again Daniel has never been accused of being a grinch!

Posted by: jhendricks4 | March 13, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

don't let the door hit u in the @$$ on your way out

Posted by: pvittas | March 13, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Brunell was a good guy, but was the biggest mistake Joe Gibbs made in his return. He was not good enough at that point in his career. Way to fragile, and when he got hurt, he could not play.

Posted by: astrober | March 13, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

I am not, nor was I ever a fan of Mark Brunnells. However, I would like to join in the opinion of Ptoro, ,,,

Mark, you were a class act. You provided leadership and friendship.. Your play on the field was, at times, very exciting. Congratulations on your League Consecutive Completed Passes record. Glad it was here.. Your professionalism and spirit will be missed..

Good luck in all your future endeavors..

Sincerely,

Talontbo..

Posted by: talontbo | March 13, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Mark was Joe's first big mistake. Not that the choice was a total disaster like some of the others, but if the 'Skins had just waited, Brunell would have been released and available at a much cheaper price. Plus, I believe other quarterbacks just as good, if not better, became available later in the year but after we had committed to Brunell.

Posted by: abrockway | March 13, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Hard to blame Brunell for his play as the starter. Brunell was/is a class guy, but it was Gibbs that brought him and kept him in as a starter. He kept Joe T. in Gibbs I as the starter way to long.

Gibbs could coach talent, just could not find it.

Hit me.

Posted by: kerzon417 | March 13, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Good luck to you, Mark. As others have mentioned, you were and still are a class act, and rest assured there are a lot of people here who appreciate the often-overlooked success that you had here, especially in 2005. That Monday night game in Dallas is an all time Redskins highlight. I am very sorry that you became a scapegoat for a lot of other, unrelated problems later in your tenure here.

Posted by: tonykp | March 13, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Good luck MB. You gave us some exciting times .. especially that BIG win that you and Santana gave to Joe in Dallass. You are a great guy, a future HoF'er, a Brother, and a true team player.

Posted by: bugmenot | March 13, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Week 2 - 2005

Monday Night at Dallas...

Aikman, Emmitt and Irvin are added to the Cowboys Ring of Honor.

It was supposed to be a night to celebrate Cowboys Nation's.

Then Mark Brunell hit Santana Moss twice for touchdowns in the last five minutes and ruined their night.

Redskins 14, Cowboys 13.

Brunell may not have had a great career in DC, but that's one of the greatest moments in Redskins history.

Posted by: DLEW72 | March 13, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Mark, you were indeed a class act. I will always be indebted to you for those two beautiful passes to Santana Moss in the fourth quarter to beat Dallas in that magical MNF game back in 2005. Good luck in New Orleans as you close out a fantastic career. You did the Redskins proud...

Posted by: johnwp | March 13, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Mark Brunell, Good Luck in New Orleans. You're a good man, a class act, and a solid citizen. I notice the Saints come to FedEx this coming season so I expect we will see you again. Best wishes always.
SUPR FAN.

Posted by: cdcrosby | March 13, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

MARK, there's more black people begging down there was up here. Good luck saying no to the man who lost his $3000.00 house due to the storm. Blacks aren't bad but they just beg alittle to much due the storm. Just my opinion.

Posted by: poolman | March 13, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

MARK, there's more black people begging down there was up here. Good luck saying no to the man who lost his $3000.00 house due to the storm. Blacks aren't bad but they just beg alittle to much due the storm. Just my opinion.

Posted by: poolman | March 13, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

MARK, there's more black people begging down there was up here. Good luck saying no to the man who lost his $3000.00 house due to the storm. Blacks aren't bad but they just beg alittle to much due the storm. Just my opinion.

Posted by: poolman | March 13, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if there was anyother moment in Redskins history that was as dramatic as the come from behind win in Dallas, that Brunell orchestrated.

He was and always will be a futur HOf'r and was a good enough QB to get us into the Playoffs, but he also underthrew to many WIDE OPEN receivers. All in all Keep your head high, and your leadership will be missed. Thanks for everything Mark and best wishes to you in the big easy.

P

Posted by: pstylee | March 13, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Brunell definitely a class act, and was the QB the two games we swept the Cowboys, which might not happen again for a while. Who can forget the two miracle passes to Santana to win the one Cowboys game. He just aged like we all do, and we're not pro athletes. He reminded me of Billy Kilmer a little, tough competitor, and showed his toughness like Billy. Glad he will be a backup somewhere.

Posted by: bfjam | March 13, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs could coach talent, just could not find it.

Hit me.

Posted by: kerzon417 | March 13, 2008 07:01 PM

Kerzon, you do the brain proud.

Posted by: kmdp4 | March 13, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Good luck MB. You gave us some exciting times .. especially that BIG win that you and Santana gave to Joe in Dallass. You are a great guy, a future HoF'er, a Brother, and a true team player.

Posted by: bugmenot | March 13, 2008 07:06 PM

Hall of Fame, Just laughed for about 20 minutes on that one, he has absolutley no shot at making the HOF, he was a bum that we paid way to much money for. I wish him luck in NO but do not act like he was some kind of God when he was here.

Posted by: kmdp4 | March 13, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Good luck Mark! Thanks.

Don't know if anyone has posted this, it's from an ESPN Chat with KC Joyner -

Alan (Richmond, VA): How much would WAS signing DJ Hackett and moving Randal-El to the slot help their WR corps and their offense?

KC Joyner: Alan, pairing Hackett with Santana Moss and Chris Cooley would give Washington legitimate short, medium and deep threats for the first time in a long time. I know they aren't going to do much in FA this year but this would be a no-brainer move to make.

Eric (Long Island, NY): following up on saying hackett to washington would be a no-brainer..wouldnt it be a no-brainer for the bills to add Bryant Johnson, it seems he would come at a reasonable price?

KC Joyner: I wouldn't go so far as to call Johnson a no-brainer. He isn't the consistent receiving threat that Hackett is and tends to vary between good and bad games. Johnson is also more of a vertical threat and with Lee Evans already in the fold, Buffalo doesn't have a big need for another bomb target. They need a short/medium threat and that really isn't Johnson's specialty.

Posted by: kost52 | March 13, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

MARK, there's more black people begging down there was up here. Good luck saying no to the man who lost his $3000.00 house due to the storm. Blacks aren't bad but they just beg alittle to much due the storm. Just my opinion.

Posted by: poolman | March 13, 2008 07:17 PM

Poolman,

Again you show your stupidity, and your inability to post something only once.

Posted by: kmdp4 | March 13, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

beep, beep. there's a longer, updated version.

Posted by: TheCindy | March 13, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

hey now, Brunell was not a bad guy. He was no a-hole just was too old and lost his zip.

Posted by: alex35332 | March 13, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Congrats, Mark! Good luck in New Orleans. You were (and are) a truly classy guy and thanks so much for the Dallas game!

Posted by: Lisa_R | March 13, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Brunell was a pretty good Qb in the late 90s when he played for Jax. We got to see an aging broken down QB that had a handful of good games and a few memorable plays. His atrocious play in 04 and 06 will unfortunately be my lasting impressions of the guy.

Posted by: cdubb | March 13, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Who would be dumb enough to sign Mark Brunell. The man's arm is shot and he cant throw more than 10 yards. Good riddens, I wish Portis would get on the same bus, cuz he is turning into a bum too.

Posted by: slilb23va | March 13, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Come on poolman. Is that what they're teaching you in your GED prep course?

Posted by: mack1 | March 13, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Mark, you are one of the best QBs in football and you belong in a Redskins uniform with other great QBs like Campbell and Collins.

Posted by: josettes | March 13, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

good luck Mark, I think we should have stuck with you in '06. Your the best QB we've had since Rypien, and maybe Baugh

I haven't forgotten the that before those two passes to Moss you scrambled for about 20yds on 4th down to keep the drive alive. I wish you would have spent your whole career here we'd have a few more Lombardi's

Posted by: katiecrowley2002 | March 13, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

I am replying to this guy that said this...

Hard to blame Brunell for his play as the starter. Brunell was/is a class guy, but it was Gibbs that brought him and kept him in as a starter. He kept Joe T. in Gibbs I as the starter way to long.

Gibbs could coach talent, just could not find it.

Hit me.

Posted by: kerzon417 | March 13, 2008 07:01 PM
Joe T was the man and a real Redskin unlike when you think of Brunell, you think of the Jacksonville Jaguars. He had the heart of a Redskin not a Jaguar. He won the super bowl in 83...lost in 84 and got hurt in 85. He was playing at a top level when he got hurt, to even compare him to Mark Brunell who has never won a super bowl for the Redskins is a joke.

Posted by: mtbarnette | March 13, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

A true class guy. A character guy who will be missed.

I wonder what would have happened if the 'Skins stuck to the '80s Gibbs offense in 06. Probably nothing different, but I just wonder.

This team is not, and will never be, based on finesse. I hope Zorn does very well here, but we're just a team that lacks a true and consistent identity as far as offensive priorities, and I don't see that changing without an organizational commitment to go the distance. If you look at the successful teams over the last 30 years, they didn't come out of nowhere. They devised a strategy and nurtured it and stayed true to it until fruition. I think Diamond Joe Gibbs abandoned that in favor of the glitter of "The Greatest Show on Turf", but failed to realize that even a Don Coryell-inspired offense could not work without the proper personnel.

Here's hoping that Greg Blache can coach and game-plan as well as Gregg Williams. The Redskins are going to need that. And here's also hoping that Zorn can have as good a first year as Gibbs did back in his first tour of duty.

To Mark Brunell, best of luck to you. And thanks for a magical 2005! You're a fine human being. I still shudder when I think of the last five minutes of that Dallas game. And that home game against the Giants.

Posted by: ilovewilbon | March 13, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Mark, You were a great man and you will always be know in D.C. for those bombs to Santana Moss against Dallas, But we now have to make room for Trent Dilfer!!! GO ZORN!!! the Z-MAN shall rule the earth!!!

Posted by: cosmicgue | March 13, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Come on mack1, you're giving poolman WAY too much credit. I really doubt he knows what a GED is, let alone being in GED course.
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Come on poolman. Is that what they're teaching you in your GED prep course?

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