All-22: Inside Bryce Brown’s Big Day

Bryce Brown was involved in pretty much every significant offensive play the Eagles had in their 30-22 loss to the Panthers Monday night.

That included 19 runs for a franchise rookie record 178 yards. But it also included two fumbles.

Here’s a look at Brown’s big night, using the All-22 tape.

Play 1: The Eagles went to the direct snap to Brown four times. This was the most successful attempt. The first shot shows the blocking.

The three players highlighted are King Dunlap, Brent Celek and Riley Cooper – all of whom do good jobs to create space for Brown to turn the corner. I wrote last week about the general lack of blocking from Eagles wide receivers, so Cooper definitely deserves credit here.

As for Brown, the only player he’s got to beat to get outside is defensive tackle Dwan Edwards.

That doesn’t prove to be much of a problem.

The next part is perhaps the most encouraging. Brown stays in bounds as safety Charles Godfrey goes for the tackle.

Looks like he has him there, right?

Wrong. Brown shows good lower-body strength, runs out of the tackle and is finally pushed out of bounds after a 19-yard gain.

Play 2: I remember before one of the preseason games, a reporter reminded Brown that running backs coach Ted Williams said he had an extra gear. But we hadn’t really seen it – until this 65-yard touchdown.

Again, start with the blocking.

The yellow arrow points to right tackle Dennis Kelly. I’m not sure about Dallas Reynolds’ technique. I guess Howard Mudd is teaching the “boxing out” method? But he gets the job done. And another example of the importance of wide receivers blocking – Damaris Johnson on the outside.

From there, Brown shows us the special gear and flies down the sideline. Godfrey is the only guy who has a chance at him.

Not trying to pick on the guy. He did hustle on the play, but…

Play 3: Here, Brown is one-on-one with rookie Luke Kuechly, who is already one of the better linebackers in the game.

You can see by the way that Kuechly’s positioned that he wants to force Brown back inside even if he doesn’t make the tackle. But Brown juked him and got around the corner.

Not only that, but when Kuechly caught up with him, Brown broke the tackle.

Of course, this was the play where he eventually fumbled. I didn’t notice it live, but Sione Fua did a great job hustling to cause the turnover. He was the second defender tackling Brown, but came all the way from left defensive tackle to knock the ball loose.

Play 4: Again, to me, the eye-popping part of Brown’s performance was his ability to turn the corner and outrun defenders. We saw that with both touchdowns. On the second one, he’s even with cornerback Josh Thomas.

But Brown has no problem beating him to the end zone.

Play 5: He’s probably not ready to make his Twitter handle CutOnDime34, but Brown looked a little LeSean McCoy-esque here. The running lane seems pretty defined at first.

But Brown cuts back, loses the two defenders who were moving to their right and picks up 24.

It’s worth noting that Nick Foles did a good job checking to a run on this play.

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  • Randy Jobst

    Bryce Brown is everything I hoped he could be and then some. WIth a healthy OL and Shady, the Eagles will have the best 1-2 punch at RB next season.

    • Haan

      Especially if Chip Kelly comes here, you can never have enough good running backs in his offense

      • 1972

        chip kelly needs a mobile qb, foles isnt that guy.Btw why do we keep running read option draws with foles? he’s zero threat to run. Reids a idiot… Anyway i dont like chip kelly because his qb’s need to run too much and his defenses are always suspect. i like a more pro style defensive minded guy. David Shaw

        • Loke2112

          Give me another “athletic” type at QB and I find a new team to pull for. I don’t care if they traded for Bob Griffin or Fig Newton I’d be outta here like last year.

          • 1972

            i would take griffin, newton not so much

          • Sb2bowl

            Agreed there; especially after his antics last week. Cocky, and unimpressive

          • Loke2112

            Griffin can only play at this level for as long as that speed threat holds up so I’m thinking much shorter window than your typical pocket passer.

  • eagles2zc

    It’s unbelievable that he outrun a CB on that second td. I hope the next coach knows how to gameplan around his best playmakers instead of stubbornly sticking to a pass first philosophy

  • A Big Butt and a Smile

    I would be really happy if they kept Vick another year. Kelly was the coach. And Shady and Brown were used as the centerpiece of this offense. Oh and a BIG receiver

    • 1972

      i think vick might be done b.b and a smile…u see the way the guys head hits the turf? that fumble against pittsburg pretty much showed me u cant trust the guy running anymore. and chip kelly loves to run his QBs.. i would keep vick have a two tight end set, more runs than passes and revamp the defense.. his playaction long ball would still work if it wasnt the first play of every damn game.David Shaw or gus bradely. young hungry defensive minded running coaches

    • aub32

      I am on board with that. I wouldn’t mind seeing the combo of Cooper and Jackson with Maclin/Johnson in the slot. With a healthy O-line (move Herremans back inside and pick up a premier tackle with our top 5 pick and Kelly will be our 6th man). I wouldn’t be opposed to letting Maclin walk if you could bring in a Dwayne Bowe, but I would rather see the resources allocated elsewhere, like O line depth or safety.

  • Vine

    This kid is the real deal! He had another run which showed his quick feet and ability to get skinny in the hole. Think it may have been his 1st or 2nd run.

  • Loke2112

    Started him in my flex spot last week. Made me look like a genius thank you BB.