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Ronnie Brown: “I was trying to out-think myself”


So what in the world was Eagles running back Ronnie Brown thinking on Sunday when he ran into a pile and then suddenly threw the ball backward, giving up a costly fumble? Good question. And Brown doesn’t have much of an answer.

Asked after the game what he was doing, Brown said that he had a run-pass option on the play and that when he got stopped he figured he should pass the ball, even though there was no one to pass to, and even though he threw the pass backward.

“It was a designed play,” Brown said. “I’ve just got to make a better decision with the ball. No matter if it’s a pass or a run, I’ve just got to make a better decision. I was trying to out-think myself a little bit. It was a pass play and I was thinking, once the guy slipped off, just try to throw the ball away and give us another chance for fourth down – not take a loss where we can go for it on fourth down, if possible. I’ve just got to make a better decision with the ball.”

To say that Brown has to make a better decision next time is an understatement. The truth is, after what Brown did on Sunday, the Eagles might not be able to afford to give him a next time: Brown has had some success in the past as a Wildcat quarterback, but from now on if the Eagles want to call a play in which someone takes a snap and has the option to run or pass, they’d be wise to limit those plays to Michael Vick or, maybe, Vince Young.

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52 Responses to “Ronnie Brown: “I was trying to out-think myself””
  1. joetoronto says: Oct 3, 2011 10:15 AM

    “I was trying to out-think myself”?

    Do these mofo’s learn ANYTHING in school besides athletics?

  2. nflfollower says: Oct 3, 2011 10:20 AM

    From Miami to Philly……. Definition of jumping from the frying pan into the fire.

  3. jimbobobjr says: Oct 3, 2011 10:22 AM

    Note to Ronnie Brown:
    You don’t get paid to think.

  4. NFLJunkie says: Oct 3, 2011 10:23 AM

    I was trying to out-think myself a little bit.

    If that’s what you were trying, Ronnie, then I guess you succeeded with flying colors.

  5. jasku880 says: Oct 3, 2011 10:23 AM

    everyone eagles signed this off season looks like bust right now. maybe they will turn it around later in the season, but they are the joke of NFL now.

  6. djteknision1200 says: Oct 3, 2011 10:23 AM

    He had flashbacks of the “wildcat”

  7. tv426 says: Oct 3, 2011 10:26 AM

    Maybe he should have made a better decision with the ball.

  8. eagleswin says: Oct 3, 2011 10:26 AM

    We have an RB whose first instinct is to pass the ball and a QB whose first instinct is to run with the ball. What is wrong with this picture?

  9. tomcan8 says: Oct 3, 2011 10:28 AM

    Ronnie Brown shouldn’t be able to say the word “think” today or ever.

  10. august1969 says: Oct 3, 2011 10:29 AM

    the Eagles are buffoons, I love it. Total posers.

  11. cowboysblowgoats says: Oct 3, 2011 10:31 AM

    In order to outthink yourself, you first need to be able to think.

  12. ajknox88 says: Oct 3, 2011 10:32 AM

    Sorry Eagles fans but this is funny. I wish I would have seen this.

  13. brooklynniner19 says: Oct 3, 2011 10:33 AM

    Thanks Ronnie, your the best !!!,;)

  14. Waxxx4321 says: Oct 3, 2011 10:34 AM

    Seems like thats all the Eagles do, out think themselves, their still dreaming while we watch their nightmares….

  15. nomoreseasontix says: Oct 3, 2011 10:34 AM

    That play might have been the funniest thing I’ve seen on a football field.
    He’s guaranteed himself years of replays.

  16. colinsnooks says: Oct 3, 2011 10:39 AM

    I figure Brown has been watching the Rugby world cup this past week and he forgot what game it was.

  17. das14 says: Oct 3, 2011 10:46 AM

    Soooo Funny!! The Eagles always make me feel better about my team.

  18. kingtntitan says: Oct 3, 2011 10:47 AM

    “Dream Team… YAHHHHHHHHHH”

  19. upperdecker19 says: Oct 3, 2011 10:51 AM

    The fact that this was a “called play” mearly makes Ronnie a willing accompliss to the stupidity of Reid/Mohrningweg for calling the play to begin with. This isn’t a Madden game guys!!!

  20. jianningwu says: Oct 3, 2011 10:59 AM

    I wouldn’t have loved this play even if it had worked.

    (I mean, I’d be happier, because they likely couldn’t have blown a TWENTY-SEVEN point lead, could they?)

    This (lack of) Eagles defense is even much more depressing than the offensive gaffes. It’s been along time since the Eagles D has been this bad. (Despite having a TON of talent in key positions)

  21. joetoronto says: Oct 3, 2011 11:09 AM

    eagleswin says: Oct 3, 2011 10:26 AM

    We have an RB whose first instinct is to pass the ball and a QB whose first instinct is to run with the ball. What is wrong with this picture?
    There it is right there.

  22. weneedlinemen42 says: Oct 3, 2011 11:13 AM

    There was thinking involved?

  23. weneedlinemen42 says: Oct 3, 2011 11:15 AM

    I am massively not a fan of the Eagles and, to a certain extent, I am enjoying the Dream Team’s stumbles but it is still very early in the season.

    Philly should still win a lot games this year. They’ve got too much talent on d-line and at the skill positions not to contend for a play-off place. The o-line and linebacking corps are even worse than expected but this team will have a chance to win every game they play, if Vick and McCoy stay healthy. McCoy’s got a chance, Vick looks less likely.

    The real disappointment is the secondary. it hasn’t been truly bad, but that CB-trio hasn’t lived up to their billing. Asomugha certainly hasn’t looked like a genuine contender for being the best corner in the league . He has been beaten by back-ups on number of occasions.

  24. trigzter says: Oct 3, 2011 11:15 AM

    the wide nine crap needs to go. why cant the eagles just run a regular 4-3 like everyone else who runs it. As an eagles fan I can safely say that they have the worst starting linebackers in the entire nfl.

  25. greymatterstats says: Oct 3, 2011 11:21 AM

    Of course Brown should have just eaten the ball, but the issue goes way deeper than that.

    The horrible play call is almost our of necessity, since the Eagles offensive line lacks the size and the talent to simply punch it in from the one.

    In another play deep in the red zone, the Eagles called some crazy Vick roll-out, then passed the ball completely across the other side of the field instead of just executing basic goal line football.

    This kid Brown is going to be the “what was he thinking” highlight of the week, but the Eagles have a deeper problems than one player making a bad decision.

    On the defensive side of the ball, they have completely ignored the linebacker position and inexplicably put their marquee additions in the secondary in schemes that don’t utilize their strengths.

    Buffalo coming off a loss, could very well light up the Eagles next week, especially if Trent Cole is out.

  26. mattyice86 says: Oct 3, 2011 11:22 AM

    Did anyone see this interview on Comcast-Philly..he was smiling and didn’t seem bothered. That’s why the Eagles won’t recover, Eagle fans on this board care more than most of the players..

  27. birds1986 says: Oct 3, 2011 11:24 AM

    @jasku88o – “everyone eagles signed this off season looks like bust right now. maybe they will turn it around later in the season, but they are the joke of NFL now.”

    Uhh… Jason Babin, Cullen Jenkins? yeeeeah, total busts.

  28. pigskinswag says: Oct 3, 2011 11:27 AM

    The mistake he made was thinking at all.

  29. smacklayer says: Oct 3, 2011 11:30 AM

    Can you pleasepost a link to the video of the play? Shouldn’t that go without saying??

  30. lacharger2112 says: Oct 3, 2011 11:31 AM

    I’m sure Andy Reed appreciates the fact that Ronnie told everyone that this was a called play with a pass option. Nobody will be caught off guard by that play ever now! Way to show your hand idiot. He would have been better off not mentioning that little fact.

  31. freebird2011 says: Oct 3, 2011 11:32 AM

    In other news, the Eagles decide to part ways with RB Ronnie Brown saying he was too stupid to run in the west coast offense. Eagles rueing letting Westbrook go.

  32. jessieboom says: Oct 3, 2011 11:34 AM

    They shoulda challenged the play before that. I think McCoy was probably in.

  33. nflofficeadmin says: Oct 3, 2011 11:35 AM

    Finally, a team worthy of the city of Philadelphia

  34. jasku880 says: Oct 3, 2011 11:37 AM


    yea, 1-3… so far total bust

  35. willyalistentothis says: Oct 3, 2011 11:48 AM

    This is what happens when a guy from Auburn thinks.

  36. tedesco47 says: Oct 3, 2011 12:02 PM

    I’m not even that upset with the play. Even if they had the 4th down, Henery would have missed the field goal anyways…

  37. nineroutsider says: Oct 3, 2011 12:12 PM

    Did anyone else hear the yells of one loud, bitter Philly fan (amongst many) telling Brown how bad he sucked and that he was getting cut Monday morning…in that rough Philly accent? It went on for about 5 minutes after the play and the Fox sideline sound catcher kept picking up little chunks of it. It made the game that much sweeter for me!

  38. ronaldmexico says: Oct 3, 2011 12:15 PM

    Brown should have taken a cue from George Costanza and done the opposite of what came to mind.

  39. diablito0402 says: Oct 3, 2011 12:35 PM

    Come on people, this season without the eagles would of been really boring,,,

  40. diablito0402 says: Oct 3, 2011 12:38 PM

    This is the most fun ive had with these posts ever since lebrick james dissapeared in the nba finals, this is great!!

  41. lbijake says: Oct 3, 2011 12:39 PM

    I’m an Eagles fan but you are correct, this ius funny. As a fan, it has gone past pathetic to funny, as Jim Carey funny.

  42. ud1hens says: Oct 3, 2011 12:51 PM

    This team is a friggin’ mess and I’m a birds fan…We have RBs passing, QBs running, cover corners not covering, offensive line coaches coaching the defense, kickers missing kicks. Everything is a$$ backwards…oh and the LBs wouldn’t start for any BCS contenders this season.

  43. trollaikman8 says: Oct 3, 2011 12:52 PM

    >went to school in Auburn.

  44. axespray says: Oct 3, 2011 12:53 PM

    jasku880 says:Oct 3, 2011 10:23 AM
    “everyone eagles signed this off season looks like bust right now. maybe they will turn it around later in the season, but they are the joke of NFL now.”

    nah, Cullen Jenkins and Jason Babin are probably the only other guys on that team showing up (along with L-McCoy/DeSean).

    Other than that, no blocking/no tackling = Losses.

  45. suhnum1fan says: Oct 3, 2011 1:05 PM

    The “DREAM TEAM”

  46. thefinestzip says: Oct 3, 2011 1:44 PM

    “out thinking?”… Try not thinking. It’s was so embarrassing chris berman didn’t even want to show it.

  47. pigskinswag says: Oct 3, 2011 1:52 PM

    oh and the LBs wouldn’t start for any BCS contenders this season

    They MIGHT be able to start for Villanova.

  48. jakek2 says: Oct 3, 2011 1:58 PM

    Giants fan – – 🙂

  49. aholland00 says: Oct 3, 2011 2:04 PM

    I was actually excited when the EAGLES signed Ronnie Brown. I thought “wow they finally got a strong guy that can go thru the A gap and get the 1 or 2 hard yards”. Was I ever wrong…he hasn’t been able to do that in these 1st 4 games and yesterday …well…well.. I don’t even know what the hell that was besides just stupidity !

  50. tatatoothy says: Oct 3, 2011 2:12 PM

    “I was trying to out-think myself”

    Scariest thing a stupid person can say

  51. phinfan says: Oct 3, 2011 6:43 PM

    Miami’s bad luck is rubbing off on other teams. Good!!!

  52. aholland00 says: Oct 3, 2011 7:26 PM

    @phinfan or any other Miami fans…was I wrong in thinking Ronnie Brown was a good running back ? We don’t get many of your games in Philly but from what I saw I liked of him. Please tell me I have something to look forward to with him.

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