Scott Brunner, former quarterback for the New York Giants from 1980-83, helped prepare Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco for the 2008 NFL Draft, working mainly on his mobility. It was his ability to extend the play that helped Flacco make the big plays necessary to win the Super Bowl as well as MVP honors on Sunday.
"I am most proud of the fact that we kind of debunked the myth that he wasn't a mobile quarterback and he couldn't get out of his own way if he had to," Brunner said to ESPN by telephone on Monday. "Many times, he escaped the pressure and showed his athleticism. He may not be the guy that breaks the 50-yard run, but he can make plays."
Flacco, a native of Audobon, New Jersey, threw 11 touchdowns and no interceptions this postseason; something that's never been done by any quarterback in the history of the NFL. In the Super Bowl, he was 22 of 33 for 287 yards and three touchdowns.
Brunner and Flacco, who are each University of Delaware alums, trained together in Martinsville, New Jersey at the TEST Football Academy, where Brunner trains young offensive players.
Brunner believes Flacco proved he is an elite quarterback with his performance this post-season and expects him to be paid appropriately.
"I think the elite QB thing is really overdone," said Brunner, who also is a partner at a firm called Net Worth Management Group. "Certainly, the way he played … it was typical Joe. He remained unflappable throughout the game, executed early and made some great plays. And when it looked like things were sliding away in the second half, he kind of hoisted the team on his back."
"Some people, those doubters who don't want to believe that he is a top-notch quarterback, will continue to find flaws in his game," Brunner added. "And people who are fans of Joe Flacco will point to his strengths. I think, more than anything, his playoff record stands on its own. Nobody has more playoff wins than him in the last five years."
Brunner believes their work together in 2008 has helped Flacco become the high level quarterback he is today.
"We got him started in the right direction," Brunner said. "That is what I am most proud of."
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