Bryce Brown's Success Proves Eagles Were Neglecting a Major Strength
Even though the Philadelphia Eagles have lost both games, Bryce Brown has had huge back-to-back performances. Aside from losing three fumbles over that time, Brown has been a pleasant surprise. It makes you wonder why the team hasn't been getting this type of production all season.
Brown has rushed for 347 yards and four touchdowns on 43 carries in the last two games. A running back for Andy Reid actually averaging more than 20 carries per game is noteworthy.
Before LeSean McCoy got hurt, he was getting 17 carries per game. As amazing as Brown has looked—sans the fumbling—let's not forget how good McCoy is.
He's rushed for over 1,000 yards over the last two seasons in an offense that has given him just over 15 carries per game in that span.
What if he got 43 carries in a two-game stretch?
Well, in the first two games of the season, he averaged 22.5 carries, and guess what? McCoy averaged 95 yards per game, scored a touchdown and the Eagles won both of those games.
In the only other Eagles win, McCoy had 23 rushes for 123 yards. Obviously, the formula for winning is deeper than getting a back 20-plus carries, but this could have affected so many other areas for the Eagles.
Before Michael Vick took a pounding that ultimately cost him his season (per the Washington Post), before DeSean Jackson was lost for the remainder of the year (per NBC Sports) and even before McCoy went down, the Eagles could have taken a ton of pressure off all of them.
A consistent running game could have protected Vick better than the Eagles' poor pass-blocking offensive line. On average, Vick was sacked three times per game in nine contests, not to mention the hits he took after he threw the ball.
Mixing in more runs would have given the defense another threat to consider and would have set up the play-action pass.
Brown's success is a tribute to his ability, but it also shows the Eagles had an aspect of their offense that was being neglected, even when they had a full complement of weapons.
Andy Reid has long been criticized for not running the ball enough, but amidst an eight-game losing streak, and such current success on the ground, that approach is even harder to accept.
This is just another reason Reid is almost certainly on his way out of Philadelphia.
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