How Should the Eagles Use Bryce Brown When LeSean McCoy Returns?

Thomas GaliciaContributor IIDecember 2, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 02:  Running back Bryce Brown #34 of the Philadelphia Eagles carries the ball against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 2, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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If there has been a bright spot in the Philadelphia Eagles' season of absolute misery, that bright spot has the name Bryce Brown.

Brown has broken out like gangbusters in his first two games starting for the Eagles, starting with a phenomenal game on Monday Night Football in Week 12 against the Carolina Panthers where he gained 178 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries while hauling four catches for 11 yards. The one dark spot on this game was his two lost fumbles.

However, against Dallas, Brown bounced back from those fumbles with another extraordinary game. His 169 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries was key for the Eagles offense; however, for the second straight game, Brown's fumbling problems would bite Philadelphia in the end as they lost to the Cowboys, 38-33. 

Brown has been great save for the fumbles, and for the season he has gained 488 yards on 75 carries for an average of 6.5 yards per carry and four touchdowns. There's only one issue, and that is what to do with Brown when LeSean McCoy returns.

McCoy was ruled out of Philadelphia's Week 13 game against Dallas because he still hasn't passed phase one of the NFL's concussion test (per; however, his status is still week to week, and if his concussion symptoms are to go away, he will see some more playing time later this season.

So what does Philadelphia do with the two talented running backs?

Use them both, and run the offense through the running game.

Brown and McCoy would make an electrifying backfield and are both threats to take it all the way when they touch the ball. By using both, the Eagles will be able to keep them both fresh while also using their two most effective offensive weapons.

Either back could also be used in the slot as a receiver, giving Nick Foles another target (and his most explosive target).

Both could play in the backfield at the same time, confusing defenses as to who will get the ball. Plenty of potential play-fakes could be involved there.

Along with Foles, McCoy and Brown could make a great foundation for a bright Eagles future, as long as both are used correctly.