Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Lasting Impression Brunell in Broncos' Heads

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Lasting Impression Brunell in Broncos' Heads

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On this Christmas Eve, it's not images of Santa or sugar plums

in the Broncos' heads.

It's Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell doing the dancing.

And the weaving.

And the running.

"I still get flashbacks of Brunell scrambling around on us,"

Broncos linebacker John Mobley said Sunday.

"I had them all season," Broncos linebacker Bill Romanowski

said. "This year, it's going to have to be different."

Flashbacks. Nightmares.

Whatever you call them, those are the images the Broncos have

of Brunell as they prepare for what is becoming known in Denver

as Broncos-Jaguars II.

Romanowksi, in particular, was traumatized enough that he has

kept a picture of Brunell in his workout area since the Jaguars'

30-27 victory in the AFC playoffs last year.

"We need to make big plays," Brunell said as the Jaguars (11-5)

prepared to play the Broncos (12-4) in a first-round playoff

game at Mile High Stadium Saturday at 4 p.m. "That is critical.

"If we expect to win, we need to make big plays again."

But does it have to be Brunell making plays with his feet, as

was thecase last year?

Jaguars players say no, that they are improved enough

offensively that they no longer need Brunell to improvise.

"That was just what we needed at that time," Jaguars tight end

Pete Mitchell said. "We're a much better team in terms of being

balanced. When that opportunity presents itself, to get a first

down, he'll do it, but I don't think he'll have to make the

spectacular play for us to win.

"It's great if he can do it, but it's not what we're looking

for."

They weren't looking for it last year, either, but when the

opportunity arose, Brunell used his feet to turn in the

signature plays of that game, and some of the biggest plays in

franchise history:

On third-and-3 from the Broncos 35 in the second quarter,

Romanowski -- the assigned Brunell "spy" -- blitzes. …

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