Bryce Brown's Big Game Is Rare Positive in Awful Season for Eagles

Jeremy SickelContributor IIINovember 27, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 26:  Bryce Brown #34 of the Philadelphia Eagles carries the ball in for a touchdown as  Sherrod Martin #23 of the Carolina Panthers defends on November 26, 2012 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles have failed to meet expectations in 2012. And their 30-22 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football just compounds the issues as the season begins to wind down.

One bright spot for the Eagles over the last few years has been running back LeSean McCoy. His production and unassuming demeanor add to his role as a cornerstone of the future of this franchise.

However, McCoy suffered a concussion during last week's 31-6 loss to the Washington Redskins, leaving the remainder of his season up in the air.

Enter Bryce Brown.

The rookie running back picked up his first career NFL start and—other than his two third-quarter fumbles—did not disappoint. In fact, he exceeded expectations and it appears the Eagles have found a viable backup when McCoy makes his return to the field.

Though in a another loss—Philadelphia's seventh straight—Brown's 178 rushing yards and two touchdowns are both season highs for the Eagles.

In a season that has seen few positives, Brown's emergence should be looked at as something this franchise can lean on while transitioning into 2013.

While there are plenty of areas that need to be addressed, the Eagles must begin to determine who will be around after this season. It is certainly hard to find a silver lining when things are going so badly, but Philadelphia is now afforded the proper time and justification to begin that evaluation process.

Though McCoy provides the Eagles with the best chance to win, it is obvious that victories are fruitless this season. But stumbling upon a potential long-term complement in Brown will only benefit this team moving forward.


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