It was a bonehead play. It should have been a simple goal-line run that failed against the San Francisco 49ers, but instead of just getting tackled and moving on to the next down, then Philadelphia Eagles RB Ronnie Brown, got it into his mind that it was a good idea to try to throw the ball as he was going down in the backfield.
The play resulted in a bizarre fumble recovered by the 49ers.
And that is what most Eagles fans will remember of Brown’s brief stint in Philly. Brown was signed as a luxury at the end of the Dream Team’s shopping spree, possibly as insurance if something would have happened to LeSean McCoy.
While McCoy is putting up some good numbers, ranking fourth in the NFL in total yards, fifth in rushing yards and second in TDs, there is always the risk of injury. These days, a lot of teams favor using the two-back system, even if it is mostly one sided, such as with the Minnesota Vikings’ Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart and the New York Giants’ Ahmed Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs.
The Eagles may have let Brown go a little too soon, throwing all their trust behind McCoy. They really did not see what they had in Brown who only got the chance to carry the ball for 13 times in six games.
In trading him to the Detroit Lions for Jerome Harrison and a seventh round pick, the Eagles get back familiarity. While they did not know what they had in Brown and obviously were not willing to see, they know exactly what they have in Jerome Harrison.
Harrison just spent last season in Philly as a solid backup to McCoy, carrying the ball 40 times for 239 yards with a TD in eight games.
Here is a breakdown of the trade.