NFL Talking About Banning Eagles Best Play
Update on something that was brought up last year. All because the NFL sucks, and we can’t have anything nice that we’re the best at in Philadelphia. The NFL’s competition committee is planning on once again looking at the Eagles ‘Tush Push’, ‘Brotherly Shove’ or whatever you call it. This time they’re looking at it because a couple of Giants players got injured. I don’t mean to be harsh or even mean, but that’s not the Eagles’ fault. The Eagles have done this play every game, multiple times each game without injury, they shouldn’t be punished because the rest of the league stinks at it. Nobody complained when Tom Brady had an unstoppable QB sneak. The NFL’s competition committee would show how weak they all are if they banned what is essentially A QUARTERBACK SNEAK from the game.
Brotherly shove: The controversial play has the attention of the competition committee, and the NFL and the NFLPA plan to study all the injury data related to the play, as is customary, during the off-season, per a league official, especially after two Giants were injured on the… pic.twitter.com/Ivwse05FGL— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 8, 2023
The best play the Eagles offense has is the rugby scrum 4th and 1 play. It’s unstoppable. They line up jammed at the line of scrimmage, with 2 people next to, but slightly behind Hurts, and the running back directly behind him. The ball is snapped, and the offensive line dives as low as possible to take leverage and footing away from the defensive line. Then Hurts pushes forward with a little help from his friends, but Jalen’s ability to squat 600 lbs is playing a major role in getting the 1st down on these sneaks.
Having the ability to run this play gives the offense so many other options on 3rd down. They don’t necessarily need the first down, they just need to get close enough to run the best QB sneak in football. It puts stress on defense because now they actually need to stop the Eagles on 4 downs instead of 3x as it did against most other teams.
There are reports that the NFL’s competition committee will take this play up at their offseason meeting to talk about outlawing it. If that is the plan then you’re going to have to outlaw any extra push a runner receives from another offensive player. Ever. On any play. No more lineman pushing a ball carrier for a few extra yards, definitely not across the first down marker, and by gawd throw them out of the game if they push them into the endzone. Can’t do it up the middle, not on the outside, nowhere at all.
What the league’s competition committee isn’t taking into account is that it’s really more about the Eagles’ offensive line getting better leverage and push than the defensive line and the fact that the Eagles have a lower-body powerlifter at QB. To solve this problem that teams seem to be having they just need to get better leverage or start getting your QBs on the squat rack. If they do make this change the other 31 teams in the league will look unbelievably weak. You don’t take away something from a team because they do it better than you.