The Eagles fell to the Dallas Cowboys 38-33 last night in Texas, but not before turning in an entertaining and spirited effort in what was ultimately their eigth-straight loss. Despite falling to 3-9, ensuring their fourth losing season during Reid’s fourteen year tenure, there were some bright spots discuss as we get set to turn the page to 2013.
Among them was rookie running back Bryce Brown, who looks more like a slam-dunk first round draft pick, not a little-known seventh round selection.
Now he just has to learn how to hold onto the ball.
Brown has amassed 347 rushing yards over the past two games, making him the first NFL running back since 1960 to record at least 165 in his first two starts.
For the season, Brown has totaled 488 yards and five scores. If LeSean McCoy doesn’t return for the rest of the season and Brown continues to see 20 carries per game, there’s an outside shot that he could eclipse the 1,000 yard mark.
At the very least, Brown is set to become the Eagles’ all-time leading rookie rusher. As CSNPhilly.com’s Reuben Frank notes, Brown needs only 150 more yards to pass LeSean McCoy’s mark of 637 yards.
While Brown is averaging 6.51 ypc, a far superior number compared to LeSean McCoy’s 4.23 ypc, the injured McCoy is only a year removed from rushing for 1,309 yards and scoring 20 total touchdowns.
As the Eagles set their sights to 2013, one thing has become apparent–whoever is coaching this team next season will need to find away to get these two running backs the ball between 25-35 times per game.
And that’s not a bad problem to have.