The Philadelphia Eagles have traded disappointing RB Ronnie Brown to the Detroit Lions for RB Jerome Harrison and a 2013 seventh-round draft pick.
Just like when November rolls around and Andy Reid starts craving a nice plump Thanksgiving turkey, there must be something about October and the trade deadline that makes him crave Jerome Harrison.
It was just about this time last year (October 13th, 2010, to be exact) when the Eagles shipped running back Mike Bell to the Cleveland Browns for Harrison.
That means that for two years in a row, Andy Reid and the Eagles have acquired a running back to be the No. 2 guy behind LeSean McCoy only to find out they just don’t fit. And both times they decide to bring in Jerome Harrison instead.
For the record, I thought the Eagles should have just re-signed him anyway. He performed well for the team last season in relief of McCoy.
After joining the Eagles last year, Harrison ran the ball a total of 41 times for 242 yards and one TD. That equates to a fantastic 5.9 yards per carry average.
In comparison, Ronnie Brown had 13 carries for 38 yards and zero TDs. That equates to a wimpy 2.9 yards per carry average. Unfortunately, Brown’s style of play just wasn’t a good fit in the Eagles’ offense.
However, he won’t soon be forgotten. We’ll always have the memorable “run-pass option.” That will go in the books right under Todd Pinkston’s “I lost it in the lights” episode.
Andy Reid likes his running backs on the smaller, quicker side and these are the types of players that seem to excel for him. Reid has struck gold twice in drafting Brian Westbrook back in 2002 and LeSean McCoy in 2009.
Both Westbrook and McCoy are just about the same size and are the same kind of runners: more quick than fast, elusive, and have excellent cut-back ability.
However, Reid has struggled finding the right player to be his power runner.
At one time he had the perfect combination of Brian Westbrook and Correll Buckhalter. Ever since Buckhalter left, Reid has tried filling that role with the likes of Tony Hunt, Kyle Eckel, Eldra Buckley, Mike Bell and Ronnie Brown.
None of those players could ultimately pass muster in the Eagles’ offense. So instead, Reid goes back and grabs the type of player that just seems to fit better for him.
Jerome Harrison is the same size as LeSean McCoy and his game is built more on speed than power. However, Harrison is more of a north/south, slashing-type of runner so there is at least a little bit of difference between he and McCoy.
Although many Eagles fans had hoped to land a linebacker or lineman in a last minute trade before the deadline, this was still a trade that ultimately improves the team.
If LeSean McCoy were to miss any time due to injury, I feel better having Jerome Harrison rather than Ronnie Brown at this point. Plus, we received an extra seventh-round draft pick that will ultimately be used on a future starting linebacker! (Ugh)