Yesterday, Lions blogger Zac Snyder of sidelionreport.com hit me with a few questions about the Ronnie Brown Trade. You can read the transcript below, but be sure to check out the good work over SideLion Report, too.
I reached out to Philadelphia Eagles blogger Bob Wankel to get some insight into the other side of the trade. My thanks to Bob for answering a few questions.
ZS: Why wasn’t Ronnie Brown getting many touches with the Eagles?
Me: The Eagles are a traditionally pass-first team, so there’s a limited amount of carries to go around to begin with. When you have a player like LeSean McCoy, it’s hard to take him off the field. McCoy, in a season where almost nothing has gone right for the Eagles, has been simply outstanding. Given his performance and that the Eagles don’t focus on the run game, Brown just didn’t see many carries.
Once Brown committed that absolutely ridiculous turnover against the 49ers when he took a goal line handoff and attempted to throw it, resulting in a fumble, that was it for Brown in Philadelphia. That play, by the way, may have been the single dumbest play in this team’s history, and trust me, there’s been quite a few.
ZS: What were Eagles fans’ opinions of Ronnie Brown prior to the trade?
ME: With the way McCoy has been playing, fans weren’t exactly clamoring for Ronnie Brown. He was hailed as a terrific signing that would bring versatility to the Eagles’ backfield and help a stagnant red zone offense. That plan, for a variety of reasons, just didn’t work out. Brown wasn’t disliked here, but he was the non-factor his 13 carries would suggest.
ZS: How is this trade being received by people in Philadelphia?
ME: People seem to be indifferent. It’s somewhat curious that they would sign a guy like Brown, then ship him away after only six weeks for a seventh-rounder and a guy like Jerome Harrison, who was here last year. If they thought so highly of Harrison, why let him walk in the first place?
I think Ronnie Brown can still play, and given Jahvid Best’s uncertain immediate future it’s a good trade for Detroit. I don’t think Brown is going to come in and save the day for the Lions’ ground game, but he’s going to help.